Dense and Chewy Pumpkin Cookies - Gluten Free & Vegan

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 172 kcal
Author Tessa the Domestic Diva


Optional add in's

  • raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips (for those who can do dairy), pumpkin seeds, or chopped & toasted nuts.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the canned pumpkin over a low simmer until reduced to about a 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes or more. The pumpkin should be steaming and bubbling lightly as you gently heat it to evaporate some of the water to condense it, stir it occasionally. Cool.
  3. Cream the shortening and the sugars in a mixer until creamy.
  4. Beat in vanilla and the cooled pumpkin.
  5. Sprinkle in the flours, guar gum, cinnamon, and salt and beat until well blended.
  6. Mix in any additional add in's at this point if desired. The dough should be very stiff and dry feeling. You should be able to easily pick up a chunk and gently roll it into a ball without it sticking to your hands. If you need to, add in some more flour to make this happen, 2 tablespoons at a time, any of the flours from above will do!
  7. Place golf-ball size balls of dough on a parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheet. Use your hand to gently press the tops down slightly, these do not rise or fall much!
  8. Bake for 12 minutes until turning just golden around the edges. You want to just lightly under-bake these, and let them cool and set out of the oven to keep the texture perfect! The texture is best with these when there are completely cool!
  9. If you'd like to top with icing, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon melted Earth Balance. Add just enough milk (1-3 teaspoons) of any variety to make a thick icing to dollop on top of the cookies, it should not be thin, and should stay put when placed on top of the cookie!
Nutrition Facts
Dense and Chewy Pumpkin Cookies - Gluten Free & Vegan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 80mg3%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2540IU51%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.