Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don’t you think today calls for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies? I do. I think it’s just what we need to get the weekend started.

Especially because last night was a late night. I mean we had Grey’s, Glee, Scandal and Real Housewives of Miami. So yes, I think cookies are totally in order. You should make these this weekend. Especially because they have pumpkin in them and now that it’s October, we are allowed to put pumpkin in everything right? Right?!?

And, let’s talk about the fact that these cookies don’t have BUTTER. Whaaaaaat? Who does that? Well, me. I had a little overdose on this gooey butter cake I made earlier this week and I was feeling heavy. So I wanted to make cookies without butter and oil and instead I used some non fat Greek yogurt. The result was delicious! The cookies were light and fluffy and you could eat a bunch of them without feeling super guilty.

So make these this weekend. And share them with your friends. And everyone will love you and buy you lots of fabulous presents because you’re just plain awesome.

Okay now let’s have a little giveaway shall we? I mean we might as well kick the weekend off with a bang. Cookies and a giveaway. I think so.

My bestie, Matt, well he just wrote his second book, Focus On: Food Photography for Bloggers. And it’s officially on shelves now and it’s awesome. Plus I’m in it, and I’m wearing my slippers. It’s kinda awesome. And embarrassing.

It’s literally loaded with pages and pages of great info, techniques, and tips for taking gorgeous photos of food and he walks you through start to finish on how to frame a pic, take a gorgeous photo, post process it and all! It’s brilliant. And if you’re into food photography, you should totally pick one up. It’s available at Amazon. But let’s give it away too, ya?


Just leave a little comment here, telling me your ALL TIME FAVORITE COOKIE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. And then I’ll randomly pick a winner next Friday! Be sure to check back on this post because I’ll post the winner here next Friday evening. The winner will also be notified by email and I’ll send ya the book next weekend!


UPDATE! Congratulations #40 Jane N on winning the Food Photography for Bloggers book!! Email me at gaby@whatsgabycooking.com to claim your prize and I’ll have a signed copy sent out to ya!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer combine the eggs and sugar and whisk for 3 minutes until it doubles in volume. Add the yogurt, pumpkin, and vanilla and blend until fully combined. Mix in the flour and then add the chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours.
  4. Once chilled scoop 3 tbsp scoops of the dough onto the baking sheets, 12 cookies per sheet. Bake for 16 minutes and remove from the oven. Let the cookies cool for a few moments on the baking sheets before transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat the process with any remaining dough.

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  1. My favorite cookie ever would be something like… oat, cranberry and white chocolate! Yummy! Maybe with some coconut flakes in there? I hope your giveaway is for Canadians too đŸ˜‰

  2. The book sounds great! My fav cookie would definitely have to be my sister’s ooey gooey chocolate chipercookies….yes, that’s what she calls ’em :-)

  3. Drooling right now though it’s super early here in MI :) Great Friday Giveaway! My favorite all time cookie are monster cookies. You can stick anything in them and they taste delicious.

  4. Nothing beats my grandmother’s cut-out sugar cookie. Thin, buttery, sugary, and always topped generously with sprinkles.

  5. It’s so neat that almost everyone is sharing a recipe about a family recipe. And oddly enough, I’ll be doing the same. My favorite cookie in the world is my Great Grandmother Tina’s Delicious Dreams. A very buttery shortbread cookie with a bit of rasberry jam in the center and a dollop of almond flavored frosting. Such a dream!

  6. My favorite cookie: whole wheat chocolate chip. Yes, I know, healthy-ish. These cookies are awesome!

  7. I LOVE cookies!!! To pick just one?! If I must, it’s the chocolate chip pudding cookie. Mmm I could eat them all day, everday. I am thinking of starting my own food blog and this book would be a PERFECT tool to help get me started :)

  8. Favorite is Oatmeal Cherry – complete addicting!!! Can’t wait to try the Pumpkin Choco-chip!! sounds amazing!!!

  9. I LOVE cookies!!! My all-time favorite is a chocolate chip pudding cookie. Soft and chocolatey. I am thinking about starting my own food blog and this would be the PERFECT tool to get my started :)

  10. I make the butter version of these cookies frequently. I love them, but they are almost too moist. I can’t wait to try this slimmer version! :-) :-) :-) Thank you!

  11. My favorite oookie is a chocolate crinkle! Can you use Silpat’s for lining the baking sheet on this recipe or do you have to use parchment paper? I want to make them this weekend for the football game!

  12. My alll time favorite cookie is a sugar cookie made from my first cookbook “Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls”(1957). The secret seems to be the lemon peel and nutmeg, but I think the memories are also part of the package.

  13. What a awesome book! I would love to win a copy and learn more from Matt. My all time favorite cookies are Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies. Always have them in my house. Or at least have the dough ready in the freezer. :)

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  14. Ok to be completely honest, my fav all time cookie are the ones that you get at Doubletree hotels when you check in. I can’t help it, they are warm, chocolaty, amazing! I could eat 50 of them. Just give me a giant bag when I check in and call it dinner!

  15. My favorite cookies of all time are these “kitchen sink” cookies: oatmeal, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and a whole bunch of other goodies! Yum!

  16. Trick or Treat! Candy bar cookies are my fave. Chunks of Snickers bars, Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, you name it!

    Thanks for the recipe. II’m off to give a whirl for my friend’s baby shower tomorrow. :)

    Happy Weekend,

  17. I recently made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies too! I just haven’t put them on the blog yet. Oops, lazy.

    I’ve got to say my favorite cookie ever is this gingerbready molasses cookie that I can’t make often while in France because the molasses here is ridiculously expensive. Sigh. I miss you, chewy molasses cookie.

  18. UPDATE: Please excuse the profanity, but the first thought that came to mind as I took a bite of this cookie was, “Holy s**t, these are good!”. I don’t know why I want to use the word “springy”, but the consistency of these cookies are unlike any I’ve ever tasted! The dough is so incredibly light and fluffy. I applaud you Gaby, and thank you.

    I might need to change my answer for favorite cookie of all time…Amazing.

  19. My old favorite was Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, but recently I found Brown Sugar Cookies, and then last week I found my current favorite Dark Chocolate Pistachio with smoked sea salt flakes.

  20. My favorite cookie would have to be oatmeal raisin cookies. I love the Combination of oatmeal and raisins and the spices. Soo good! And these cookies, look amazing and with no butter? I just have to make them sometime.

  21. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but I do love White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies. I’m a huge pumpkin fan though and can’t wait to try out this recipe, sounds amazing!

  22. My favorite cookies are lace cookies: oatmeal, butter, vanilla, and a teeny tiny bit of flour. Delicious!

  23. I always make cookies with my grandmother for Christmas, and my favorite has to be the Texas Sand Tarts.

  24. My all time favorite cookie is my UN-chocolate chip cookie. It’s basically just a chocolate chip cookie with different chocolate chips from around the globe (UN = United Nation countries). I love chocolate and I always search for different chocolate brands. I would sometimes chop a bar of chocolate to mix into my dough.

  25. I just adore a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie. I like most other cookies too, but that is the once I can’t do without:)

  26. Wow, I can’t believe those cookies don’t have any butter or oil in them! I’m definitely going to give them a try. My favourite cookie is Kim Boyce’s whole wheat chocolate chip cookie from Good to the Grain. I just keep going back to it over and over and over again. Love it!

  27. Love my recipe for Amish Chocolate Chip Cookie – combo of a snickerdoodle and chocolate chip!! Perfection.

  28. I just made these after stumbling across them searching for other versions of this recipe. The greek yogurt substitution made me curious & I had to try this, instead of another one calling for A CUP OF BUTTER! And they’re soooo delicious. They’re fluffy, like a muffin top but more bready, I can’t even explain it. I just love the texture, so it makes them double fun to eat b/c I don’t feel so guilty! :-)

  29. My favorite cookie is a chocolate chip cookie, but if I could choose a bar cookies, then definitely 7 layer bars! YUM!

  30. OMG my husband is going to LOVE these cookies!! He’s a bit of a pumpkin AND cookie fanatic.. this is perfect! Thank you!

  31. My brain is struggling to wrap itself around these absolutely delightful cookies – in the absolute best way possible. These are the fluffiest cookies I have ever made, they’re almost bread or biscuit or cake or pretzel like in consistency (my bf and I are debating – I say biscuit, he says cake). Joyful air pockets!
    And I haven’t even gotten to taste. It may be a bit heavy on the chocolate chips, but that’s a matter of taste. Otherwise, straight up delicious.

    Also, they are enormous!

    It’s kind of like eating a pumpkin chocolate chip cartoon cloud to put it as close to accurate and oddly as possible.

    Thank you, Gaby! Definitely look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  32. I made this recipe into muffins .. As I was reading the recipe, I figured it would do better was muffins .. Made a dozen and 1/2 muffins… So delicious! Great breakfast or snack!

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