Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Studded with rich dark chocolate, these nut-free, egg-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are crispy on the outside and have an incredible crumb on the inside. The coconut flour-arrowroot base is so amazing that I foresee using this flour combination for many other Paleo cookie recipes –I like it that much and I think you will too!

Lately, I’ve been going gaga over pumpkins! If you’re in the same boat, check out my Paleo Pumpkin Recipes. With everything from Paleo Pumpkin Pie to Paleo Pumpkin Bread to healthy homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin lovers will find themselves swimming in a sea of quick and easy pumpkin recipes!

I love pumpkin because it is both gorgeous and flavorful. It’s also incredibly healthy. Pumpkins are full of carotenoids, (a precursor to vitamin A), contain loads of vitamin C, and are chock full of healthy fiber. What better way to get all of the health benefits of pumpkin than in a nut-free, egg-free Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings 18 cookies



  • In a food processor, combine flours, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda
  • Pulse in butter, pumpkin, and honey until dough forms
  • Remove blade from food processor and stir in chocolate chips by hand
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down firmly
  • Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes
  • Cool for 1 hour on baking sheet (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
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Now, for the back story on these cookies. Every year I spend hours attempting to make amazing Paleo pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and each year, up until now, I haven’t been totally satisfied. The reason? I don’t like cookies that are cake-like, and adding pumpkin puree to cookies has the tendency to make puffy little things that are more mini-cakes than cookies.

This year the challenge actually increased because so many of you left comments on my Pizza Muffin recipe asking for a nut-free version, as well as more nut-free recipes. If you have a nut-free school, or a child with nut allergies be sure to check out my Nut-Free Recipes page! Because of all these requests for nut-free recipes, I just had to take your feedback into account when crafting my Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! Thankfully they are not only nut-free, but egg-free too for those of you with egg allergies!

In any event, due to your requests, I made more than a dozen batches of nut-free, egg-free, grain-free cookies and was not entirely pleased. So I took a step back. I referred to this recipe from the Coconut Mama’s website for egg-free coconut flour cookies. I made Tiffany’s astonishing 3-ingredient recipe which contains coconut flour, butter, and honey. For my palate, which is accustomed to high-fat almond flour dessert recipes it was just a tad dry, but a wonderful start. So, I added in arrowroot flour and a lot more butter. Voila! The best nut-free Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies ever!

If you change this recipe please leave a comment letting us know about your substitutions! I tested this recipe 21 times (seriously, no joke!) this year alone, to get it just right! I haven’t tested it with other ingredients, or played around with substitutions. As I frequently mention, the only way to know if a substitution works is to test, test, test! So please help others and let us know how your substitutions work out. Especially if you make these into a dairy-free cookie and replace the butter. Happy baking my dearests!

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138 responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Loretta, thanks for your comment. I haven’t tried that but if you experiment I hope you’ll let us know how it goes!

  2. I love these! I substitute maple syrup for honey and redid the amount to 1/2 to 3/4. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am so excited to see your recipe. I am always, always looking for a delicious “SOFT” cookie for someone that only likes soft cookies. I think he may love these. (I will not tell these have a squash in them…:)….what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him).

  4. Hi Elena thanks so much for this! I just started the elimination phase of AIP so i really needed some sort of treat, and no eggs and no nut flours seamed so daunting!!! I used Gee ( as close to AIP as my current pantry could manage) and subbed the chocolate chips for cranberries. they where super tasty!!! You always know you’ve got a winner when you gotta fight Hubby for them ;)

  5. I used coconut sugar and these cookies well didn’t work . I blame me for not wanting to use honey.

    I Also flattened the Cookies I’ll use as a crumble instead . (My fault … I love cooking but baking ehh not so much )
    Thx for the recipe

    • Rose, thanks so much for your comment! Baking is far more of a science than cooking, so following the recipe will make it much easier and more fun :-)

  6. Just made these cookies — but found them too salty. Should have left out the sea salt as I generally follow a low sodium diet and never add salt to my baking. Next batch will leave out the salt.

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