Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free + Grain Free)
These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with browned butter and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg + cloves! You’ll love the big dark chocolate chunks in these gluten-free + grain-free cookies.
I sort of hinted at some exciting news back in Monday’s post, but I was nervous that something was going to fall through and it was too good to be true, so I didn’t fully share the news: I got an apartment! Not just any apartment, you guys. Pretty darn close to my dream apartment.
You see, I’ve been living in San Diego since June. Everyone kept asking me when I’m moving out and getting my own place, and I would begrudgingly complain about how expensive & crappy the rental market was, especially because I was looking for a place with a decent kitchen and a dishwasher. I kept saying, “I look everyday, and when I find the place that’s right, I’ll know.”
Meanwhile, as I apartment searched, there was a gorgeous, contemporary, glass-walled apartment building that I kept driving past. When I went by with my dad a few weeks back, I complained to him about how much I wanted to live there, assuming they were condos. I accepted it wasn’t going to happen.
And then, last week, I was looking at a different apartment, right down the block, sitting in my car. I got a text from the landlord – the apartment had just been taken by someone else. Feeling dejected, I stalked Craigslist to see if anything new had popped up in this past 12 hours that I could check out while I was in the area.
I saw a bare bones ad for a studio in my dream building. Feeling way too skeptical to be excited at this point, I texted and set up an appointment to see it two hours later. As soon as I walked in, I fell in love. It was everything I wanted. I dreamed of an open loft space, with floor to ceiling windows and concrete floors and new appliances and there it was.
The property manager told me someone else was on their way with the check to put in a deposit. I called my dad on the spot and begged him to race down there with my checkbook – I was obsessed, and not about to let some guy beat me to my dream apartment.
And you know what?! I GOT IT. Keys in hand, with some of my clothes already hanging in the closet. I’m moving in on Saturday! Every time I think about it, it feels like a dream. Life is feeling good right now, friends. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the actual moving in and fitting all my stuff into the minimal storage space.
Thankfully, I saved myself a couple of these pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies to help get me through moving day! These cookies are without a doubt my favorite pumpkin cookie I’ve ever made, and I’ve tested a lot of them. I’ve never been able to replicate the chewy edges + soft, gooey middle that I love about my regular grain-free chocolate chunk cookies when pumpkin gets involved, because it tends to invite cakey-ness, but these pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies check all my boxes.
There’s a whole lot of good flavors going on here: first off, we brown the butter into toasty, caramel-y deliciousness. Those brown flecks are like liquid gold, I tell ya. I wish brown butter candles existed, because I would buy up the whole stock. The brown butter does have to cool back down to warm room temperature though, so make sure to plan accordingly.
Next up: T-Sugars Cassonade Sugar! Talk about liquid gold, you guys. This golden brown sugar tastes so good, and it works as a replacement for brown sugar in any recipe. I’m convinced it helps make these so chewy, and I can’t get over how well it pairs here with the brown butter, pumpkin, and spices.
Talking about those spices…I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. I like a lot of spice in my cookies, and the amounts listed were perfect for me! But spice amounts are totally a personal preference, so use your discretion when choosing how much to add.
The big dark chocolate chunks are most certainly eye-catching, and they makes these cookies irresistibly gooey and delicious. I recommend dotting a couple on top before baking to get those beautiful chocolate crevices on top of the cookies. 😋😋😋
These pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies are irresistible the day they’re made, and they get even better the next day after the pumpkin and spices have a chance to settle into the cookie and really meld together all the way. They’re fall perfection, and if you’re a pumpkin spice lover, you’ll definitely be a fan. Enjoy! :)
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Gluten Free + Grain Free)
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 27 minutes
- Yield: 20 cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- ½ cup coconut oil or unsalted butter
- 1 cup (244g) canned pumpkin, make sure to use pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
- ¾ cup (144g) coconut sugar
- 1 large egg or flax egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups (192g) blanched almond flour
- 1 tablespoon (8g) coconut flour, optional but recommended, see Notes
- 1 cup (6 oz.) dark chocolate chunks
- In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter and continue to cook until it caramelizes and emits a nutty, butterscotch aroma. The butter will bubble and then foam, but continue to stir it until you notice brown flecks in the bottom of the pan and the butter deepening in color. It typically takes me about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the butter – pull it off as soon as the butter is golden with brown flecks. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, but still in liquid form, before proceeding with the recipe. Skip this step if using coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled brown butter or coconut oil, canned pumpkin, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk until completely smooth and combined.
- Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, kosher salt, blanched almond flour, and coconut flour if using. Stir until a smooth dough forms and the dry ingredients are completely incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
- Chill the dough for at least one hour, or up to 24 hours. Don’t skip this – you need to let the dough chill so the butter can firm back up and make sure the cookies don’t spread too much.
- When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a large cookie scoop (this one is my favorite), scoop dough onto the cookie sheet, leaving 2” between cookies.
- Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until crispy on the edges and just barely baked in the center.
If your pumpkin is a bit watery or thin (like Trader Joe’s brand tends to be), you’ll want to add the tablespoon of coconut flour to help soak up that extra moisture, otherwise you may not get crispy edges. Libby’s is typically thick enough on it’s own, but if you have it on hand, I’d recommend adding the coconut flour anyways if you want to ensure crispy edges.
Congratulations on the apartment, Rachel, it sounds lovely! Such a great feeling when you get exactly what you want :) These cookies look amaaaazing!
I’m so glad I had the luxury of taking my time to find an apartment I loved! Thanks so much, Gayatri :)
Yay! Congrats on the apartment, Rachel! So glad you found your dream space. And I hope your move goes well! And these cookies…LOVE them! I especially love the chunks of chocolate in here, too. Such a fun treat for the fall!
Thank you Gayle! I’m so excited about it :) chocolate chunks make everything better, right?!
That is SO exciting that you’re moving into your dream apartment, Rachel!! Seriously so pumped for you and I hope your move goes good too! I think I’ll celebrate with you by digging into these STUNNER cookies for breakfast. Dying over all that gooey chocolate!
Thanks so much Sarah! These are definitely breakfast-worthy ;) I may or may not have had one for breakfast the day after I made them, haha!
Congrats on your new apartment! It so exciting to finally live at a place where you loving living! Second of all, these cookies >>>>>>>>> any other cookie! I never thought that browning the butter made all the difference, but I’ve also never tried! Totally trying these when I go home next weekend, with the chunks and all!
You’ve got to try them Beth! The browned butter makes them UNREAL – totally brings out all those other delicious flavors. Thanks girlie :)
Your new apartment sounds perfect, Rachel! Congratulations! You’re so smart to save a few of these cookies for moving day. ;) Between those chocolate chunks, the pumpkin, and the browned butter, they sound like perfection!!
Haha my dad ate them all!!! :( Another batch needs to be made for sure! Thanks so much, Kristine!
Look at these cookies!!!! I’m making these like…now! :)
Yesss you’ll love them Annie! Thanks so much girl!
Good luck on the move! It sounds like an amazing dream space. When I was working in Torrance a few years ago, I always dreamed of having a place on the beach but I would seriously miss the desert. I know, I’m weird. Happy moving! P.S. cookies are amazing!
Haha, thanks so much Megan!! I’m super excited about it :)
Congrats on your new apartment Rachel! Such a fun time in your life!
These cookies look amazing! That melty chocolate, the pumpkin and the perfect blend of fall spices! Can’t wait to try! Your recipes are always a hit at our house!
Thank you so much, Mary Ann, that’s so so flattering come from you! :) I hope you love them!
Congrats on finding the perfect place to live. I’m stoked for you! Are these the cookies you shared in an insta story recently? I was completely drooling and am dying to make them!!
Thanks so much, Jen! I shared these on my story earlier in the week :) they’re so good – I hope you’ll try them!
Congrats on your new apartment Rachel! I remember when I found my perfect apartment when I moved to NYC. Wishing you many happy years and tons of yummy baked goods. xo from Amy in Oregon
Thanks so much, Amy! I so appreciate your well wishes :) I love it in Oregon – one of my favorite places ever! Hope you have a great weekend.
Yum! These look delicious and adding the chocolate chunks is such a good idea!
YUM! these cookies look absolutely amazing!
Thanks so much, Layla!
I love everything about these cookies. Especially the fact that they are packed with pumpkin AND chocolate AND browned butter. Definitely won’t miss the gluten in these! Almond flour rocks! Oh, and congrats on the apartment. It’s so thrilling to find the right fit at the right moment. Looking forward to more delish pictures and recipes from your new kitchen =)
Thanks so much, Ashley! I so appreciate all of your kind words :) hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
Rachel you’ve won me over with these!! LOVE how gorgeous they look and how CHUNKY they are!!
Straight up drooling over these photos right now. I mean, look at those chocolate chunks!? They’re more photogenic than I am! I need to make a batch (or two) of these ASAP!
Haha thanks so much, Karly!!
Yay! Congrats on the apartment, Rachel! Such a fun time in your life! These look so pretty! I want at least three!
Thanks so much, Zerrin!
can the butter be replaced with a vegan option? such as coconut oil? if so what would the measurements be? thanks so much!!
Definitely, I’d use coconut oil in equal amounts! Enjoy :)
Can this be made sugar free with erythritol? Xylitol?
I’m not sure as I don’t use artificial sweeteners like that – you’d have to experiment on your own!
I’m just curious about replacing the almond flour with King Arthur brand gluten-free flour blend? Almond flour is wonderful, just a little a little on the expensive side since they don’t come in very big quantities for baking and I have a feeling that once I make these once, I’ll want to make them repeatedly!
Hi Morgan, I don’t use any flour mixes in my recipes since they’re all different and work differently in recipes. I haven’t tested it with them, so you’d have to experiment on your own – it might work and might not! If you bake GF/with almond flour often, I’d recommend buying almond flour in bulk on Amazon :)