chewy maple pumpkin cookies

these chewy maple pumpkin cookies are made from a maple pumpkin sugar cookie dough. there coated in a sweet and spicy cinnamon sugar. the result is a chewy, sweet and buttery pumpkin cookie that's full of delicious fall flavor!

as we end the first full week of October, you can no loner deny that it is full on pumpkin season! pumpkin can be a bit of a galvanizing flavor. I find people are either very into pumpkin or simply don’t understand why everyone else loves pumpkin. I fall somewhere in between when it comes to pumpkin. let’s just say that I’ve made my peace with pumpkin. when I create a pumpkin recipe, pumpkin plays both a starring and supporting role. these chewy maple pumpkin cookies are the perfect example of enjoying a pumpkin recipe without it being too “pumpkin-y.”

chewy maple pumpkin cookies

in a few words, these pumpkin cookies are:

  • chewy
  • buttery
  • nutty
  • full of maple and pumpkin flavor
  • balanced between spicy and sweet
  • the perfect fall cookie for snacking!

what ingredients do I need to make these chewy maple pumpkin cookies?

you only need a handful of ingredients to make these pumpkin cookies. add these to your grocery list:

  • all purpose flour
  • pumpkin spice blend
    • or chai spice blend
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter
  • light brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • egg
  • canned pumpkin or pumpkin pureé
  • vanilla extract
  • maple extract
  • granulated sugar

from these ingredients you will make the maple pumpkin cookies and the spiced sugar coating.

chewy maple pumpkin cookies

what baking tools do I need to make these pumpkin cookies?

these chewy maple pumpkin cookies are nearly one bowl kind of easy. here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • sauce pan to make the browned butter
  • 3-4 mixing bowls
    • one for making the cookie dough
    • another to blot the pumpkin
    • one for the brown butter
    • a small one to make the spiced sugar coating
  • flexible silicone spatula or spoon
  • 1-2 large aluminum cookie sheets
  • large cookie scoop
    • this is my preferred way to get beautifully consistent cookies every time!
  • parchment paper to line the cookie sheets
  • food scale
    • this is the recommended way to measure out the dry ingredients
    • less measuring tools means less clean up!
  • read through the entire recipe before starting
  • brown the butter
    • this provides another layer of flavor
    • it’s worth the extra time!
    • use European style butter for a chewier cookie
  • blot the pumpkin
    • pumpkin contains a lot of water
    • skipping this step will result in more cake like cookies
  • chill the cookie dough
    • this helps to hydrate the dough
    • makes for a chewier, more flavorful cookie
    • can be done 8 hours or up to overnight
    • keep it covered in plastic wrap while in the fridge
    • remove the cookie dough to come sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking
  • use a cookie scoop
    • the secret to perfectly shaped cookies is using a cookie scoop!
    • keeps the cookies the same shape and size
  • use a large circular pastry (cookie or biscuit) cutter
    • while the cookies are still hot from the oven
    • place a cutter that is wider than the cookie, around the cookie
    • in a circular motion, gently nudge any imperfect edges back into the cookie
    • allow cookies to cool as written in the recipe
chewy maple pumpkin cookies
chewy maple pumpkin cookies

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chewy maple pumpkin cookies

chewy maple pumpkin cookies

these chewy maple pumpkin cookies are made from a maple pumpkin sugar cookie dough. they're coated in a sweet and spicy sugar. the result is a chewy, sweet and buttery pumpkin cookie that's full of delicious fall flavor!
4.79 from 14 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 32 mins
Course Celebrations, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 cookies


  • mixing bowls with flexible silicone spatula or spoon
  • plastic cling wrap
  • large cookie sheet(s)
  • large cookie scoop


  • 2 1/4 c (270g) all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin or chai spice blend
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c (226g) European style unsalted butter, browned and cool but still liquid
  • 1 c (200g) light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c (79ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 c (125g) canned pumpkin, blotted
  • 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) maple extract, optional

spiced sugar

  • 1/2 c (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin or chai spice blend


  • Make brown butter about an hour before you plan to make the cookies. It will need 15 minutes to make and another 15-30 to cool enough to use in the recipe.
    To make the brown butter, melt butter in a clear heavy bottom sauce pan. Once the butter starts to foam, whisk continuously until brown bits start to form. Remove from heat, pour into clean bowl and cool 30 minutes to room temperature.
  • Lay 2-3 paper towels across a wide, shallow bowl. Scoop a generous 1/2 c of pumpkin puree onto the paper towels. The excess water will absorb into the paper towels. Before using in the recipe, squeeze the excess water from the pumpkin.
  • Whisk the flour, spice blend of choice, baking soda and salt together until well combined. Set aside.
  • Stir the cooled brown butter, brown sugar and maple syrup together until well combined.
  • Stir in the egg yolk until well combined.
  • Stir in the pumpkin, vanilla and maple extracts until well combined.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the fridge for 8 hours and up to overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C). Line 1-2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the fridge to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. This helps the dough warm a bit and will help the cookies spread better.

  • Mix the spice mix used in the cookie dough with the sugar until well combined. Taste and adjust the balance of spices as needed.
  • Using a 2" cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough. Roll the dough in the spiced sugar mixture.
  • Place the sugar coated cookie dough balls about 2-3" apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies at 350 F (177 C) for 12-14 minutes.
    At 9-10 minutes, check the cookies. If they are puffier than you would like, open the oven, lift up the cookie sheet a few inches and firmly bang the pan on the oven rack a few times. Finish baking 3-4 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies on the baking sheet on top of a cooling rack for about 3-5 minutes. Remove the cookies to fully cool on the cooling rack.


Recipe updated on 11/29/21 to reflect a retest to ensure a flatter, chewier pumpkin cookie. 
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    1. Hi Pia! Yes, you can use fresh pureed pumpkin in place of the canned pumpkin. I would pay extra close attention to absorbing as much of the excess moisture from the pureed pumpkin as you can before using it in the recipe. Extra moisture = a more cake like cookie. Let me know how it works for you!

  1. Accidentally used salted browner butter so I skipped the added salt in the recipe and sprinkled sea salt before baking. Made one tray with and one tray with without chocolate chips. Both were amazing! Suuuuch a good recipe! 🙌

  2. Made these a couple of weeks ago!!! So good!! Going to bake them again this weekend for our first annual cookie baking weekend with my daughter in law and grandkids!!! Curious how much baking powder??

    1. HI Tracy! I am so happy to read everyone loved the cookies. How exciting to start such a fun tradition! I recently reworked the recipe and revised some of the ingredients to ensure a chewier cookie. Baking powder is no longer needed for the recipe. Since you have already made these once before, please let me know if you need the original recipe. If not, the recipe listed now is equally tasty!

  3. Hi Megan! I see that baking powder is needed for this recipe but it is not listed with a corresponding measurement in the actual recipe. How much baking powder is needed? Thanks!

    1. Hi Dani,

      Apologies for the confusion. I reworked the recipe to ensure a chewier cookie vs. a more cake-like cookies as some readers reported having. There is no longer baking powder needed in the cookies, only baking soda. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. The recipe should reflect only baking soda in the measurements and instructions.

      1. Thank you so much for the (quick) clarification! Can’t wait to try these tomorrow!

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