Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

These cookies will never win in a beauty contest.  They are monochromatic, many are misshapen and the chips have a sunken in appearance.  But as they say, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  And that means that these cookies are a major winner.  You can see why just by the title – pumpkin and butterscotch, two ingredients that are already wonderful on their own, come together to make magic happen.  The resulting cookies are quite addictive.  Normally I have fantastic willpower when it comes to sweets, but I found these irresistible and ate way too many in one day (so did Ben).  I’ve made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies before and while those are good, it is no contest – these are the best.

Other great pumpkin butterscotch treats:
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Filling
Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies
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Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat the oven to 325° F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk to blend.  In a the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and light in color, about 1 minute.  Blend in the oil, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract until well combined.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Gently fold in the butterscotch chips with a spatula.

Drop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets (I used a medium-sized dough scoop), spacing them a few inches apart.  Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through baking, until the tops feel set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 14-16 minutes.  Allow to cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

Source: Joy the Baker

74 Responses

  1. perfect timing- i was just searching for a pumpkin cookie recipe yesterday! have you been using the fresh pumpkin or canned?

  2. Hey – no one said anything about delicious cookies having to be the prettiest…although we think these look pretty fabulous anyway. And yay for pumpkin AND butterscotch chips!

  3. Making them this weekend!
    I always put butterscotch or cinnamon chips in pumpkin bread.
    Can’t wait to try these.

  4. These cookies LOOK delicious! I don’t believe you one bit, haha. Mmmm pumpkin!

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a butterscotch/pumpkin combo! This recipe is a fabulous excuse 🙂

  6. They look really pretty to me. 😉

  7. They may not be beauty queens, but they sure sound delicious!

  8. All of these fall recipes have made me so excited for this crisp (although quite rainy) weather! Can’t wait to try all of them in the upcoming weeks!

  9. Pumpkin and butterscotch? Hmm, sounds different but it seems to go together perfectly!

  10. Wow! These look incredible! 🙂

  11. I just made pumpkin butterscotch cookies yesterday! SO YUMMY! The recipe I used didn’t call for eggs, though, so I felt less guilty about sneaking spoonfuls of the dough as I went 🙂
    I used this recipe
    and just used butter instead of shortening, and pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. I also made cinnamon ice cream last night, so my plan is to make ice cream sandwiches 🙂

  12. Oooh, I just love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate – but pumpkin and butterscotch?!? That sounds absolutely divine!

  13. These look so good… I wonder if I can swap out some ingredients to make it vegan.

  14. These look delicious – I know what I’ll be making next week!

  15. I can’t possibly make enough with pumpkin in it! I would never have thought to pair butterscotch with pumpkin, but these look so good!

  16. Love pumpkin treats! Are these crunchy or soft cookies?

  17. Omg, pumpkin and butterscotch is the best combination ever. Can’t wait to make these!

  18. So I had to open a can of pumpkin this morning for breakfast and this will be the perfect way to use up the rest and use the extra butterscotch chips in my pantry!! Love it 🙂

  19. Oh boy, those cookies sound heavenly! I would’ve never thought to combine pumpkin and butterscotch, but the pairing sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  20. Mine just came out of the oven and they smell amazing!! You always post the best recipes, seriously 😀

  21. I’m loving these fall recipes, keep ’em coming! 🙂

  22. Wow – I just found your blog through a friend, and I’m hooked! Pumpkin + butterscotch is one of my favorite combinations.

  23. Oooh, I’ve made these too, and you’re right, no contest! These are way better than regular pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. My husband calls these the muffin top cookies because they are so cakey and delicious.

  24. I love pumpkin and butterscotch together, I can imagine how wonderful these are!

  25. I am in love with this recipe.

    IN LOVE.

  26. These cookies look amazing! What a delicious flavor combo!

  27. these cookies look so good! i must go out and buy some butterscotch chips immediately!

  28. Those look so soft and warm! The absolutely perfect fall cookie… Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  29. Pumpkin and butterscotch are such a great flavor combo! These look so delicious. Can’t wait ot make them

  30. I think the difference is using the butterscotch bits. I made some pumpkin cookies last fall and we all thought they were boring….these do NOT look boring, they look marvelous!

  31. Annie, may I just say that I just found your blog yesterday while searching for a chicken pot pie recipe, and it is now officially my most favourite food blog EVER??? Making the chicken pot pie for supper tomorrow night, the pumpkin butterscotch bar thingys for dessert tonight, and those muffins you have on here with cranberry and figs in them for some individual breakfasts for my parents to freeze and eat when I move out of their home next week (a little treat for them to start their mornings and to remember me by, you could say!).

    Also, off topic, but I love your hair.

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  32. I can never get enough pumpkin! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Mmm…I just made these! So good! Soft and pumpkiny goodness! 🙂

  34. OMG I love the combo of butterscotch and pumpkin…never thought of the two together! Can’t wait to try these!!

  35. These are in the oven right now. We can’t wait to eat them! Thank you for the recipe and the excuse to use my stand mixer again this weekend 🙂

  36. I’ve been in the mood to bake something pumpkin-y, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. My kids helped me make these yesterday and the whole family loved them. We added 1/4 tsp nutmeg and a dash of cloves for extra fall spice, and they were fantastic!

  37. mm, these look great! i love butterscotch. 🙂

  38. Just pulled these out of the oven. My house smells incredible and they are delicious!!

  39. I just made these as a fall treat for my husband. They are like little pieces of pumpkin cake–spicy, sweet, and very yummy! I also love that these are fast and not complicated–perfect for a little half-time baking!

  40. Can’t wait to try these. Keep making autumny stuff! I love it!

  41. Thanks for posting this recipe. I made the cookies tonight and they were really easy and delicious.

  42. These look delicious! I’m going to have to break out all the pumpkin recipes soon, and I’ll be sure to add this to my growing collection.

  43. I must say – I echo another reader’s comments – I’m addicted to your blog. You make all the things I dream of making if I could find the time. You should write a book on time management – being a working mother, you do a fantastic job of finding time to cook for your family (and I love your attention to detail such as your son’s Dr. Seuss themed bday party). I love living vicariously through you and your delicious-looking food! Keep it coming – your blog is so enjoyable! 🙂 BTW, I tried your Benchiladas and am hooked. Can’t wait to try more!

  44. Pumpkin cookies and it is perfect for my weekend snack. My pumpkin is ready to harvest and I will be planning to make this recipe this Saturday. Thanks for the recipe!

  45. Just wanted to say THANKS! I finally got around to making them just now. From the mouth of one of my five year twin boys, “That is the best recipe EVER!”
    Mine came out more like a little cookie cake. Did I do something wrong? They are still wonderful though!

  46. They are like a cake, but cookie size! The inside has a cake type texture.

  47. What a fabulous idea. Definitely making these. 🙂

  48. My husband can’t eat chocolate (migraines) but LOVES cookies, so I’m always looking for new recipes to make for him. I made these yesterday, and they are wonderful! They’re a little bit in texture like muffin tops.

  49. Annie, I love your blog! My mom sent me a link to your site about a month ago (for a recipe using basil b/c she knew I had more than I knew what to do with growing in my garden) and I’ve been reading it every since. I work full-time and am married with a 4 year old. I love baking but feel like I don’t have much time to do so. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I love all things pumpkin, so thanks for labeling and linking things so I can easily find other recipes with pumpkin. I just taste tested a (ok, THREE) pumkpkin butterscotch cookie and it was excellent.

    I think I’ll try the garlic knots next!

  50. After I saw these on your website I knew I had to make them! In fact I couldn’t stop thinking about them! Last night I had time to finally make these cookies and I am so happy I did! What a great recipe. They turned out like little mini cakes and I loved them (so did my husband)! Thanks for the great recipe. I love all the pumpkin recipes lately. Keep them coming.

  51. omg, these cookies turned out AWESOME! can’t say enough … they smell incredible! i’ve been searching for a pumpkin cookie recipe, and this one is absolutely perfect! thanks so much!!

  52. I made these yesterday for a “girl’s night” dinner party and they were a huge hit!! Everyone loved them, and I already ate two today!! Totally addicting! I also made the pumpkin whoopie pies two weeks ago and they were also amazing! 🙂 Annie, your recipes never let me down!!

  53. I made these last week for work & they were AWESOME, thanks for the recipe!

  54. Adding this to my pumpkin “must-make” list right now. It’s a LONG list…I think these may get bumped to the top! 🙂

  55. Those are truly indulging. I love the butterscotch flavor. I just hope that when I try the recipe I do it right and perfect.

  56. Hi Annie,
    I just made these cookies and they came out great. However, I stored them in an airtight jar and the next day (today), when I went to eat one – it was kind of wet and slimy? What happened?

    • Were they still warm when you put them in the container? It was probably just condensation due to the heat. Otherwise, I have no idea. I didn’t have that problem.

  57. Your site, recipes, and pictures are amazing. I love it and so does my family because I’m printing off recipes and baking them up! Thanks!!

  58. I just made these tonight, and they were amazing. I found when I cooked one batch on my stoneware the bottoms cooked perfectly, when I used my baking sheets the bottoms burned a lil. Overall still amazing!

  59. These were delish! I was going to make your pumpkin butterscotch cake, but I had my niece and nephew(4 and 2)and decided this would be a little more kid friendly as far as having them help me. They had fun & everyone loved these. Thanks!

  60. Oh my yummy goodness! These were so light and a perfect, not too heavy cookie. The butterscotch chips were the perfect compliment.

  61. I made these “cookies” this past weekend. Although the taste was delicious, I can’t help but think I must have done something wrong. I double checked the recipe, but the batter was really runny! Is this normal? It was so runny that I couldn’t even imagine it being made into cookies. Instead I made it in an 8×8 pan as a pumpkin cake. Again it was delicious – the three of us consumed it in under 48 hours!

    • It sounds like something went wrong. The batter should be thick enough to scoop and drop. Other readers have made them successfully so I’m not sure what the issue might be.

  62. Amazing! Great combo of the pumpkin and butterscotch!

  63. These are delicious! I had 1 cup of pumpkin leftover from a chocolate chip-oatmeal-pumpkin cookie recipe and this was the perfect way to use it! I did add one cup of quick oats, as I love oatmeal cookies. Thank you for a wonderful new recipe, Annie!

  64. Since I used pumpkin puree from a fresh pumpkin (which is more liquid than canned), I ended up adding an additional cup of flour and turning these delicious little things into mini cupcakes. I did not use liners, but instead sprayed the pan with Pam for baking. Next time, I may need to get a can of pumpkin puree as I would love to try these in cookie form!

  65. I was wondering if you could making the dought the night before baking? I have a potluck upcoming at work and would like them to be fresh in the morning however I don’t have the time to make the dough and bake. Thanks

    • You can try it and find out. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. They’ll be just as good the morning after baking though (actually better, in my opinion). I would just bake the night before.

  66. I just made these today, with my two year old and five year old girls, and they turned out great. They were so yummy! And, they smelled delicious while they were baking! 🙂

  67. Hi! This looks like a great recipe! I don’t have any vegetable oil in. Can I substitute butter?

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