3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Easy as 1,2,3, these delicious pumpkin spiced chocolate chip cookies are super quick and tasty! When you only have three ingredients it can’t get much easier than that, but you won’t sacrifice on flavor!

We love serving these up in a pinch when I need a quick dessert that doesn’t take all day to put together and is a crowd favorite. Try these other quick 3 ingredient sweets. Easy 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies and 3 ingredient Brownies.

3 ingredient Pumpkin spiced Chocolate Chip cookies.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I almost feel like I’m cheating when I use this recipe, it’s so good and so quick and uncomplicated. Friends and family will love these and they’ll think you worked really hard to make them. Shhhhh! Don’t tell them just how easy these amazing cookies really are. The cake mix helps give the cookie a nice soft cake like texture that’s sure to please everyone. Pumpkin adds the moisture, and chocolate, well everything is just better with chocolate.

I love to use this recipe for when I’m short on time but need a dessert that is still going to wow! It’s got all the fall flavors everyone loves and all the simple-ness you’ll appreciate. I’d buy some cake mix to stock up, you’ll be making these a lot!

What you need for 3 Ingredient Cookies:

3 is all you need!

  • Spice Cake Mix– Using a spice mix adds the spice you need without the hassle
  • Canned Pumpkin– Make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling
  • Chocolate Chips- Chocolate is must in pumpkin cookies

Baking Pumpkin Cookies:

Making the cookies is as simple as the ingredients!

  1. Prep– Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix– In a medium bowl mix the cake mix (just the powder) and pumpkin  together till there are no more lumps. Stir in the Chocolate Chips.
  3. Bake– Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes till a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 min on sheet pan before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

How to make 3 ingredient Pumpkin spiced Chocolate Chip cookies.

Tips and Variations:

Rich sweet chocolate is surrounded by soft tender spiced pumpkin baked to cookie perfection! Our secret ingredient that makes these so amazing and quick is that you use a cake mix!

  • ADD INS– Substitute the Semi sweet chocolate chips for mini chocolate chips, milk or dark chocolate chips. Add in raisins, or nuts or oats for extra texture (about ½ cup).
  • Cake Mix- Can’t find a spice cake mix you can use a white, yellow or vanilla cake mix. Add in 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice to add in that classic taste.
  • Lumps- It can be hard to get the lumps out of the cake mix. Sift the cake mix before adding in the pumpkin to get rid of clumps.
  • Egg- If you find your cookies are too dense you can add an egg to make it a bit lighter. It won’t be 3 ingredients anymore though. 🙂
  • Bake– Do not undercook these cookies, as they cool they will become gummy, make sure the edges start to brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

3 ingredient Pumpkin spiced Chocolate Chip cookies.

Storing Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies:

  • Storage-These cookies will keep best lightly covered. If you store in an airtight container they will become sticky. Lightly cover and keep on your counter for up to 4 days. You can store them in the refrigerator to extend that time up to 8 days.
  • Freeze– Completely cool the cookies and store in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter.

3 ingredient Pumpkin spiced Chocolate Chip cookies.

More Quick Cake Mix Recipes:

Using a cake mix in your cooking is quick way to add flavor and cut down on prep.

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.20 from 5 votes
These cookies are too delicious and easy not to make!  When I discovered this recipe, it was a 2 ingredient cookie recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 cookies


  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix your pumpkin and cake mix together (unprepared, powder only) in a medium bowl until there are no more lumps.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, until edges start to golden.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes on your baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Frost if desired.


Updated on September 26, 2020
Originally Posted on November 4, 2012


Serves: 12

Calories264kcal (13%)Carbohydrates42g (14%)Protein3g (6%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol2mg (1%)Sodium293mg (12%)Potassium147mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar29g (32%)Vitamin A47IU (1%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium58mg (6%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cookies
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I am so glad you have been doing well! I haven’t seen you since good Old GHS! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. 5 stars
    These are sooooo good. Taste like they’d come from Crumbl Cookie!!! I didn’t care for them at first when they first came out of the oven but as they cool off they get better and better!!

  3. 5 stars
    My family and I have enjoyed many of the recipes from your website. Could you tell me how many ounces are in the cake mix that you use for these cookies? I noticed in the picture on this recipe, it shows a 16.5 oz mix. When looking at the cake mixes in the store, I noticed that the ounces varied between different brands of cake mixes.
    Thank you. Christine Jones

  4. Do you mix the cake mix according to the box and then add the pumpkin? Or do you ONLY add the cake mix and the pumpkin together?

  5. Just an idea….add in some raisins or craisins in place of the chocolate chips! That’s what I do @ my house & everyone LOVES them!

  6. Love this recipe. I’ve been doing it for years! Why didn’t you list chocolate chips as the third ingredient in the three ingredient cookies? They aren’t mentioned in the directions, either.

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