Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies - Mother Thyme
I promise this is the last pumpkin recipe.  Well, at least for the rest of this week and for next week.  I’ve just been having so much fun with all my puree.
Sure I could break it up and hold off on posting, but what fun would that be, right?
I actually do have some entrees on deck that were supposed to be posted this week but this one was more fun.  I’ll take cookies over chicken any day! (Even though the Roasted Garlic Chicken with Sauteed Spinach and Onions is pretty good and the BBQ Chili with Homemade Cornbread is delicious! I promise to share soon)! 
Any time I think of an idea that I want to create I write it down.  I had this idea of incorporating oatmeal and pumpkin together for a cookie and had it on my ever growing list of recipes I wanted to create for some time.  I finally had the opportunity to put these together and they turned out delicious!  These are moist and chewy with just a subtle hint of pumpkin.   The predominant flavor in these cookies is definitely the oatmeal, but you get that hint of pumpkin and it taste just like fall.
Another great thing about these cookies is the smell while they are baking.  I wish I could capture that smell in a bottle.  It is fabulous.  The smell of spice and cinnamon wavering in the kitchen is so fragrant and is the perfect scent of fall.
They cook up pretty quick.  I pull them at ten minutes, but your oven may differ. The cookies are still a little soft when I pull them from the oven, but they do harden a bit when they cool. If you check your batch at ten minutes and the bottoms look like they are browning, but the tops are still soft, they are done if you like a softer oatmeal cookie.  If you like your oatmeal cookies a little harder, let them cook a few minutes longer. Let them cool for a minute on the baking sheet and transfer using a spatula to a wire rack to cool completely.  
If you love oatmeal cookies you need to add these to your list to try.  The pumpkin gives them a nice, soft and moist texture.  The perfect cookie to enjoy this fall!
Cream together butter and sugars.
Add in egg.
And pumpkin.
Followed by dry ingredients.
Finally stir in dried cranberries. 
Make tablespoon sized spoonfuls on baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 dozen


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine rolled oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer combine butter and sugars and cream together until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, followed by vanilla and pumpkin. Mix in flour mixture until combined then stir in cranberries. Drop tablespoon size spoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


Variations & Notes-
Add in walnuts.
For a firmer cookie, bake longer.

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  1. That last picture has me sold on these. I like the idea of the pumpkin and cranberries together and the oatmeal gives them so much texture. Delicious-thanks for sharing.

  2. Good thing about Pumpkin recipes, is that they can go all the way through to November! But I throw some apple in there every now and then to break it up ;-). Love the combination of pumpkin and oatmeal in this cookie.

  3. Jennifer, these look SCRUMPTIOUS! I wish I had one right now. Thank you so much for linking them up. I also want to mention that your photos are always SO beautiful! I aspire to take photos like yours every time I put together a post.

  4. Dee sent me by. I’m pumpkin hopping with you. Followed your blog, happy to find you. These cookies look so good. I cannot get over how moist they look. Your pictures are incredible.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this AMAZING recipe on A Healthy Jalapeño’s Fall Harvest Blog Hop. Oatmeal cookies are just always a staple in my house and these look wonderful. I love your step-by-step photos too.

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