Want healthy meals your kids will love?

Pumpkin Cookie Bites


Our basic pumpkin cookie recipe…  a bit healthier than traditional cookies, but just as tasty!

Have extra pumpkin or just love to make all these pumpkin?  Try our super yummy Pumpkin Spice Cake!

healthy pumpkin cookies

Fall is definitely in the air.  I’m beginning to want to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, and anything pumpkin.  My dad used to make our pumpkin pie from whole pumpkins all the time, despite easy access to canned pumpkin!  He just loved to be in the kitchen and cook.


fresh pumpkin puree

The original recipe these pumpkin cookies started with required a whole cup of shortening!  I decided it would be a good day to do a little experimenting.  We came up with this healthier version of a pumpkin cookie, although it’s still a cookie! Pumpkin cookies are one cookie that is OK to end up a little cakey-er, in my opinion.  So cutting the shortening, while it got rid of some of the flakiness, it was still plenty sweet, and plenty good.

healthy pumpkin cookies

Also, as a personal choice we replaced the chocolate chips with raisins. You do NOT have to do this, but it could be a good way to introduce kids to raisins. They really can be the perfect sweet treat for kids, and unfortunately, raisins have gotten a bad reputation.  So, for this recipe, feel free to swap out the raisins for chocolate chips, but don’t dismiss them altogether! Try it at least one time.

healthy pumpkin cookies


For more pumpkin recipes, some of my favorites are:


Print Recipe Pin Recipe
3.3 from 38 votes

Pumpkin Bites

Our basic pumpkin cookie recipe…  a bit healthier than traditional cookies, but just as tasty!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 2-3
Calories: 116kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a medium mixing bowl stir together egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla.
  • In a small mixing bowl stir together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray coating. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 1-inch apart onto the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack. 


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g
Keyword : Pumpkin Bites


Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

Learn More about Natalie

Leave a Comment:
Did you make this recipe? Leave a review!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


Ketchup boy actually told me he wants to enter the “shadows” contest. Maybe that’s what they call it if they want to lose.

Hey, is there a way to search your recipes on here? Like say I want the Christmas Almonds recipe, do I have to find the Christmas Almonds post? Or is there a better way?

Okay, I promise that “Recipe” link wasn’t up there before. I’m so embarassed. I think I can read through the 15 recipes and find the one I want. Hurry and add some more- they’re awesome!

Amy, i love love love pumpkin cookies. My little brother has a seriously rockin recipe with 3 ingredients.

a can of pumpkin
a box of spice cake mix
chocolate chips

mix and bake. so good. no oil.

Megan, I don’t know if you will read the comments, but your easy recipe sounds yummy. What about the amount of choco chips and how long do you bake it?

I’ve done that 3 ingredient one before too but made them as muffins and just followed the directions on the box for cupcakes to bake them. They are really good. I’m excited to try your recipe. I’ve been thinking about pumpkin baked goods lately too!

I guess Pumpkin cookies could be a great start up item for Halloween parties 😀
It can very well blend with the Jack-O-Lantern theme and spice up the mood 😀

Don’t be embarrased about the link Emily, it is very new!
Hi Tatiana,
I had the same recipe and even a box of spice cake so I almost tried it, and then didn’t. But my recipe says 1 bag mini chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Could you please direct me to the full recipe? I’m sent to an error message page when I click on the link. Thank you!

I feel like a real dork asking this, but we ended up with an early pumpkin and I’d like to actually cook something with it (which I’ve never done before). Would 3/4 cup of fresh pumpkin work instead of canned? Or a different amount? Maybe blended some? (Just guessing…)

You can substitute fresh! After you have cooked and pureed your pumpkin, you can substitute the same amount you would use of the canned. 🙂 Enjoy!

The cookies were still raw at 12 minutes…
I used coconut flour, batter was dry so I added a T of o.j.
25 minutes later…
I had little hoecakes..lol.dry & crumbly, brown on bottom..
Not like a cake or a cookie.. perhaps more oil??

I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you! They shouldn’t take nearly that long to bake. They may look ‘raw’, but if they are set up, I would pull them out!