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.

Pumpkin ( a squash ) has so many great qualities.  They are loaded with antioxidants, iron, zinc, and fiber.  Canned pumpkin is reasonably priced and can be used in many baked goods.  In many countries however, it’s not common to purchase canned pumpkin!  In the US, canned pumpkin lines our grocery store shelves from mid-August through December.  If you choose to make your own, or it’s necessary, I’ve got the basic steps on fresh pumpkin puree for everyone.   This is a must try if you are growing your own pumpkins.  We think it’s fun to buy pumpkin seeds that are labeled “seeds from 500 lb pumpkins.”  Our garden yields MONSTER sized pumpkins! The kids get a kick out of it!


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:


Pumpkin Bites

Pumpkin Cookie Bites
Serves: 8
Serving Size = 2-3
Prep Time: 10 m
Cook Time: 15 m


  • 1 large – egg
  • 3/4 cup – pumpkin, canned
  • 1/4 cup – brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon – pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/4 cup – raisins, seedless


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

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 118 6%
  • Fat: 2 g 3%
  • Carb: 21 g 7%
  • Fiber: 1 g 4%
  • Protein: 2 g 4%
  • Sugar: 10 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Brie says:

How much vanilla? It doesn’t say.

Thanks! Fixing it now. 1 teaspoon.

Bethany says:

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!

sorry! I’ve attached it!

Heather says:

I made these cookies tonight. We LOVED them!!! I subed the oil with apple sauce. They turned out great.

Amy says:

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.

Tami says:

I love all things pumpkin so I will be trying your recipe soon. I’m always up for a healthly cookie recipe.

Liz K says:

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!

Scarlett says:

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 😀

Hannah says:

Oh, I LOVE pumpkin cookies! Thanks for reminding me that I need to make these, and soon!

Tatiana says:

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?

Tatiana says:

sounds yummy! Going to give them a try! How did you know I just bought pumpkin at the store?

Megan says:

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.

Whitney says:

These look so yummy! It’s that time of year.

Emily says:

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!

Emily says:

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?

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