Soft Pumpkin Cookies – Gluten Free & Vegan

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Anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows how much we adore pumpkin in all of it forms.  When the Fall rolls around, we have a veritable pumpkin frenzy!  I madly bake up all our garden’s winter squash and pumpkin bounty for our version of liquid “gold.” squash puree.

With our first batch made, I ma quickly transported into heaven and remember  how MUCH better this goodness is versus the canned variety we have to rely on half of the year.  This is when ALL my kids goo goo ga ga over all pumpkin treats…even my pumpkin averse eldest.  A little secret about fresh puree:  it is much milder and sweeter than the canned varieties and so even pumpkin averse people can take a liking to eat…the flavor is soft and delicate and not at all over powering.  I will be darned if I can figure out why the canned tastes so vastly different!  Not all squashes are worth baking up however, please read my post on how to bake your own pumpkin or winter squash to learn all about selecting one!

Here is a cookie perfect for wholesome snack.  Add any goodies of your choice” we prefer chocolate and cranberries!  If you like a spicier cookies, add some pumpkin pie spice in!  Sweet, moist and perfect.

SPECIALS TOOLS NOTE:  I use a cookie scoop for consistency and to keep my cookies from getting mammothly huge…I guess I tend towards giant cookies by nature.  However, I know my one cookie is really 3 or four appropriate sized cookies, so this helps and the batch goes further!

Also, I love using my baking mats.  I just received these two new ones, only $16 for two!  They rock, and nothing sticks to them!

Want more pumpkin recipes?  Here are a few you can check out (all are gluten free and vegan):

LIKE FROSTING?  This would be amazing with the maple frosting found in my Dense & Chewy Pumpkin Cookies recipe (link above), or the caramel frosting on my Pumpkin Bars, also linked above!

SUCCESS TIP:  The only huge variable in this recipe is the pumpkin puree…and there is no way around this!  Every can I open can be different, and every pumpkin I puree has it’s own flavor and water content.  So, don’t be afraid to start with just ONE cookie in the oven as a test.  A crumby dry cookie means too much flour or you cooked it too long, and a cookie falling flat is not enough flour.  Adjust flour as needed, or add more pumpkin if you need some more moisture.Soft Pumpkin Cookies - Gluten Free & Vegan-4239


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Soft Pumpkin Cookies - Gluten Free & Vegan
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Serves: 24
  • ½ cup any mix of palm shortening, coconut oil, or vegan butter
  • ¾ cup palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ½ cup fresh pumpkin puree (see link above for how to make: MINE ALMOST POURS, if you are using a variety that is super stiff and dry, it contains less water)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon EACH baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, & guar gum
  • ⅓ cup EACH tapioca flour, sorghum flour, brown rice flour - if your pumpkin puree is very soft and pourable, you made need to add an additional ¼-1/3 cup here, do a test cookie to be sure!)
  • ½ cup (or more) chocolate chips, raisins, or cranberries
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl of mixer, beat the fat and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add in the pumpkin and vanilla.
  4. With the mixture still running, sprinkle in the cinnamon, baking soda, powder, salt, and guar gum.
  5. Continue with the flours.
  6. Beat well, and then reduce the speed and mix in the chocolate chips as preferred.
  7. Using a scant tablespoon, drop the stiff and sticky dough onto a cookie sheet. These cookies do not spread or move much, so they can be quite cozy together on the sheet.
  8. With damp fingers, slightly press the cookies down to flatten to a uniform depth.
  9. Bake for about 8 minutes, remove and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. They will look barely done...that is ok, you don't want to over-bake these little morsels!

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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35 comments on “Soft Pumpkin Cookies – Gluten Free & Vegan
  1. Amber says:

    Hi Tessa,

    These look incredible. I can’t wait to make! I recently saw a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on Pinterest and thought…”one day I will experiment.” But I think you have a perfect recipe here that combines that lovely pumpkin and chocolate flavor. Great job! As always, you are such a baking inspiration.


  2. Thanks for hosting again! I spent the summer experimenting with paleo ice cream recipes and shared my favorite today: Peach Ginger. It’s egg-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar free. Enjoy!

  3. Pure Ella says:

    What a beautiful little cookie!
    My daughter would love a baking day like this ~ especially when it’s a rainy day today… 😉

    xo ella

  4. Amber says:

    I just love soft cookies! These look delightful and perfect for fall!

  5. Mmmm, these look so good. Pumpkin and chocolate are definitely my favorite fall treat combo. I’ve always wanted to make fresh pumpkin puree. Need to check out your method!

  6. Tessa, your cookies look yummy! You had me at chocolate and I adore anything with pumpkin!

  7. Becky says:

    Perfect timing on these! I am baking a bunch of squash and pumpkins tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  8. Miz Helen says:

    Your cookies look delicious, we love pumpkin! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope your weekend was great!
    Miz Helen

  9. I love pumpkin this time of the year (and anytime actually) these cookies are aawesome!

  10. Annabel says:

    Could you make these using coconut flour? I am new to baking anything gluten free and only have coconut flour.

    • Hi Annabel! Coconut flour is a grain free flour totally unique in it’s properties and baking behavior, it almost always needs eggs to work too. It is one of the few flours for which there is not many good substitutes. So for this purpose, coconut will not work…if you plan on baking gluten free, you will have to pick up a few flours..let me know if you want some help in figuring out which ones ( I also have a gf flours page you can check out for info and ideas)

  11. Beth says:

    I have white rice flour, brown rice flour, potato flour and tapioca flour but no sotghum flour. What can be used for sorghum with similar results?

  12. Miz Helen says:

    Your Pumpkin Cookies look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fun weekend!
    Miz Helen

  13. emily says:

    yum! I love how to changed these cookies to meet your dietary needs! So clever and great for so many others ;o) You’ve been featured today at Nap-Time Creations!!! I’ve shared it on all my social media… please feel free to reshare or tweet :o) thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! Emily

  14. These look awesome, Tessa! I’m featuring them tonight on WNWNW :)

  15. Adria says:

    I just made these cookies and they taste awesome! However, they are super crumbly and they fall apart when you barely touch them. Did you have a similar result?

    • Hi Adria…when I was testing this recipe, I was using homemade puree. My guess is your was drier w/ less water so you will need to add additional moisture (pumpkin puree)…or at least 1/4 less flour next time (I refer to this in the post, this is the super tricky part about cookies w/ pumpkin puree..quick breads are more forgiving!!). Freeze the cookies up if they are crumbly….they are good just out and wont annoy you with the crumbles! Sorry about that!

  16. Judi says:

    I made these cookies this week end. I was going for the gluten free part so I used real butter. My brown sugar was hard so I used raw honey. I also used canned pumpkin. I added extra flours to compensate. I also put chocolate chips and dried cranberries. My mother didn’t care for the contrast in taste. But my friend who needs gluten free didn’t mind. All in all I call it a success. I made a double batch and my friend kept them all. Now I will have to make more for another friend who needs gluten free.

  17. Mike Huiwitz says:

    Just followed your recipe. My wife loves them cookies!
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  18. D. Newcomb says:

    Even the non-vegans and those who can eat everything, not me – I can eat air – loved them! Thanks, Diva!

  19. Maria says:

    These were excellent. I used 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 earth balance butter. Also used stevia and maple syrup in place of coconut sugar, only using .25 cup of maple syrup. THey were a bit salty straight from the oven, but over the course of the next day I couldn’t stop eating them.

  20. JennyBakes says:

    Thanks for a great recipe! I didn’t need vegan, so played with removing the guar gum and adding an egg, and baking it as bread. Pumpkin and chocolate chips are always my favorite combo for fall.

  21. Bibi says:

    So can I use an egg instead of guar gum??
    I have everything else for gluten free.

    • Hi Bibi! I would try something like my pumpkin snickerdoodles with chocolate chips if you have no guar or xanthum gum…that is essential in most gf baked goods. If ypy have only rice and almond, just go all almond like in the snickerdoodle! Let me know of i misunderstood you!

  22. Bibi says:

    I have rice flour& almond flour, can that work instead of other flours?

  23. Cristine says:

    I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination, yet this recipe caused my ~13 year old baking daughter to say “AMAZING” and ask for seconds. I marked this on the calendar as a moment in time for myself AND the recipe…..cannot rave enough about the taste.

  24. Thanks Cristine, I ma glad they made you look so good!! I love success!
    Tessa Domestic Diva recently posted…Skillet Tamale Pie – Gluten FreeMy Profile

  25. swathi says:

    Delicious pumpkin cookies, always pumpkin and chocolate is a winning combo. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.

  26. Dalya says:

    OMG! I just made these cookies and they were delicious!

  27. GiGi Eats says:

    Ugh. I drool for these. Forget making dinner. I just want cookies for dinner – ha ha!

  28. Your Soft Pumpkin Cookies look so appealing, Tessa! What a lovely autumn treat. Love the other pumpkin recipes you have linked to as well. Pinned and sharing. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.
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