Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies

Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies |
  • Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies
Posted on October 15, 2015

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Rodelle, which means they occasionally provide me with ingredients to use in my kitchen. And sometimes sponsor fun giveaways like this one! All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands and companies that I love and trust.

You guys!!! This post is kind of a big deal. Because it’s my first pumpkin recipe of 2015. Which officially makes me 6-8 weeks behind every other food blogger in the universe.

Good thing I work for myself, or else I probably would have gotten fired by now for insubordination. Seriously.

The thing is, I just don’t get all googly eyed about pumpkin. It’s good. And if you put a slice of pumpkin pie and a cold glass of pumpkin beer in front of me, I’ll happily indulge in both. But I don’t want to dedicate 3 months of my life to the stuff. Sorry/not sorry.

I do, however, want to dedicate 3 months of my life (or more) to making and eating chocolate cookies. The fact that these babies are also loaded with pumpkiny goodness is just a bonus for all you pumpkin lovers out there.

Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies |

Just how loaded with pumpkin are these Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies? Well, they contain pumpkin seeds, pumpkin purée, a mixture of pumpkin spices AND Rodelle’s Pumpkin Spice Extract. So the answer to the question is VERY. As in they are very loaded with pumpkin. It’s pretty much coming at you from all angles.

In honor of Fall baking season (which is the best baking season, in my humble opinion), I’ve teamed up with my friends at Rodelle to give away a set of three fabulous baking essentials to one lucky Floating Kitchen reader. Yeah! The set includes (1) one 8-ounce container of Gourmet Baking Cocoa, (2) one 8-ounce container of Cinnamon Sticks and (3) one 2-ounce bottle of Pumpkin Spice Extract. Scroll down past the recipe to check out all the details of the giveaway and enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck! Update: This giveaway has ended and a winner has been selected. Thank you to everyone who participated. And thanks Rodelle for generously sponsoring this giveaway!



Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit

Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies

Yield: Makes 3 dozen

Chewy Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp. Rodelle Pumpkin Spice Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
  • Flaky sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and spices. Set aside.
  2. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the sugars and butter until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, the pumpkin purée and the extract. Mix until well combined.
  3. With your mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture, beating until well blended. Fold in the chocolate chunks and the pumpkin seeds.
  4. Cover and refrigerator the cookie dough until well chilled, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Using your hands, portion and form the cookie dough into balls, using about 2 tablespoons of dough for each ball. Place the dough balls on your parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing them about 2-inches apart. Sprinkle the tops with a little bit of the flaky sea salt.
  6. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Then rotate the baking sheets and bake for an additional 2-4 minutes. The edges of the cookies should be firm, but the centers will still be slightly soft. Remove the baking sheets from your oven and let the cookies cool on their baking sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  7. Once completely cooled, transfer to an airtight container for storage. The cookies will keep for up to 5 day.


  • Hahaha! Girl, I’m WITH you on insubordination, because I don’t have a pumpkin recipe up yet either! I honestly don’t know if I am going to have one at all, and if I do, it won’t be until next month. #Opps. #IFireMyself 🙂 Anyways, these cookies look unbelievable, Liz!!! LIKE WHOA! I am totally banging my head against a wall for being allergic to cocoa, because OMG, these are screaming “EAT ME!” Love how you packed these with pumpkin! I think you are forgiven for holding out on the pumpkin recipes until now! Pinned! Cheers, lovely! xo


    • Ok. This is my plan. I’m going to use my scientist skills to develop a cure for your cocoa allergy and then we can eat the heck out of these cookies together. Deal? Also, let’s have bourbon too. XO

  • These cookies look unreal! I have a quite a few pumpkin recipes on my blog, but only because I am well and truly obsessed- and I love creative pumpkin recipes like this one the most! Chewy cookies are the best and sweet and salty together make these treats all the more perfect 🙂 Pinning!


    • Oh they gotta be chewy. There is no other way in my opinion! XO

  • It’s ok Liz we fellow bloggers forgive you, and after bringing this delicious recipe to the blog today, I’m sure all your readers will too! Love all the pumpkin going on in this one, but mostly all the chocolate! They look scrumptious!!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann. Glad to know I’m not in too much trouble! 🙂

  • okay, these look like they have all requirements of a great cookie. chocolate, chewy, salty….. i could go on. and i didn’t know rodelle made pumpkin spice extract! xo


    • Yup, these cookies have it all! XOXO!

  • girl, you crack me up!!! well, hooray for your first pumpkin recipe of 2015!!!! have you tried pumpkin with savory dishes? that might be a game changer yo. . anyway, love these dark chocolate cookies. . b/c in my mind, pumpkin goes with pretty much anything 🙂 my fave pumpkin recipe is pumpkin mac and cheese!!!!


    • Well…savory is OK, but then I usually pick squash instead of pumpkin. I guess I’m just one of those weirdos who doesn’t go manic for pumpkin! 🙂

  • I have a few recipes that incorporate pumpkin that I really love! One is a pumpkin ricotta stuffed shells recipe and also a lightened up chicken tortilla soup.


    • Both sound excellent! In fact, I’ll be right over…

  • Don’t worry! I don’t do pumpkin until October too! I can only give two months to it and I feel the same…it’s good but not that amazing! Apples got September and Peppermint got December 🙂 Love these cookies especially that there is more chocolate to it 🙂


    • Yup, that is exactly how I feel!

  • I love these because they don’t look like pumpkin cookies. I could eat pumpkin all day, but my boyfriend prefers ultra chocolate anything. Great job! I cannot get enough of your blog!


    • Aww…thanks for the sweet compliment, Bianca. And I bet your boy friend would love these, since they are super chocolaty as well!

  • My favorite Pumpkin recipe that I make is my Crustless Pumpkin Pie. Great for gluten-free people like my daughter! Would love to try the Rodelle Pumpkin Spice Extract!


    • Sounds delicious! Thanks for entering, Dee!

  • Liz, these cookies were worth waiting for and not only would you not be fired, but I’d give you a promotion for not just throwing out any pumpkin recipe just for the sake of it. Now, I expect a few dozen of these in my mailbox by the end of the week!


    • Yes, ma’am!! 🙂

  • My favorite recipe that uses pumpkin is pumpkin financiers because that brown butter is awesome with the pumpkin.


    • Mmm…browned butter is always a win for me!

  • Wow, I never would have guessed these cookies had pumpkin in them. I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate and will definitely always choose a pumpkin cookie over anything else pumpkin. I also love Rodelle extracts and cocoa powder so thanks for the giveaway!


    • Pumpkin + chocolate is the best way to enjoy pumpkin, in my humble opinion! 🙂

  • I love that the pumpkin is coming at me from all angles, lol! These are totally pumpkin-tastic! Great recipe; awesome giveaway 🙂


    • Aww…thanks, Allie! You are so sweet!

  • Hands down pumpkin pie!


    • Always a solid choice!

  • Oh man those look delicious! I am crazy for everything pumpkin but my favorite recipe I think would have to be pumpkin cream cheese muffins :]]


    • Yum! Thanks for entering, Kelly!

  • My grandma’s pumpkin bars w/ cream cheese icing… so good!


    • Sounds delicious!

  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is my favorite. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.


    • Thanks for entering, Erin!

  • Chocolate and pumpkin is a great combination. Love these!


    • My favorite too! 🙂

  • I’m a fan of Pumpkin Cheesecake, even the pumpkin cheesecake roll is yummy!


    • Sounds delish!

  • What a great way to kick off your pumpkin season, Liz! These cookies look so perfect, and I love the sound of the spices you used! This giveaway is amazing, too!


    • Thanks so much, Marcie!

  • I just made pumpkin and cheese pastries from Stella’s Sephardic table. Very different.


    • Sounds great! Thanks for entering, Steph!

  • I love pumpkin everything but my favorite would have to be waffles topped with candied pecans and maple syrup.


    • Whoa. That sounds pretty awesome, Jeffrey!

  • I love homemade pumpkin bread.


    • Sounds delish!

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