*Recipe updated Sept 28, 2016
With only 3 ingredients, these Pumpkin Drop Cookies are quick and easy to make. They are moist and full of delicious (and healthy!) pumpkin. The semi-sweet chocolate chips complement the rich pumpkin flavor and texture perfectly.
My 12 year old daughter brought this recipe for pumpkin drop cookies home from a party the other day and insisted that we had to make them. I was a little hesitant to try. Only 3 ingredients…really? They turned out delicious and I love that they are low-fat and packed with vitamins from the pumpkin! Thank you MaKell for sharing this recipe with us!
These Pumpkin Drop Cookies taste just like the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies sold in grocery stores. My family loves them! This recipe is so easy, it takes less time to make them at home than running to the store. They are also less expensive to make at home. I can buy a package of 10 of these cookies for around $4.00, 40 cents a cookie. I got the ingredients for these cookies for $4.68 – the cake mix for $1.00, the pumpkin for $1.69, and the chocolate chips for $1.99. If you coupon, you can do better than that. If I make large cookies, the cost is only 20 cents a cookie, if I make smaller cookies, 10 cents a cookie.*
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
There truly are great health benefits that come from eating pumpkin – and this Pumpkin Drop Cookie recipe does use 100% pumpkin. Pumpkin can be used in a lot of different recipes. My favorite pumpkin recipes are desserts, of course, but pumpkin is also very good in soups and casseroles. A couple of my favorites are Dinner in a Pumpkin and Soup in a Pumpkin. Pumpkin has a squash-like taste and texture, and adds a lot of flavor to recipes. It’s worth giving it a try to get the boost of vitamins and antioxidants pumpkin provides. Here are just a few of the health benefits of eating pumpkin:
- Better Eyesight – One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Vitamin A aids vision, especially vision in dim lighting.
- Weight Loss – One cup of cooked pumpkin has 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories! This makes you feel a little better when you eat that slice of pumpkin pie, right? Fiber makes you feel fuller longer, so you eat less.
- Possible cancer and wrinkle prevention – Like carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash, pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene. According to the National Cancer Institute, beta-carotene may play a role in cancer prevention. Health Magazine also reported that the carotenoids in pumpkins can also help keep skin wrinkle-free.
- Energy – Pumpkin contains more potassium than bananas! Potassium restores electrolyte balance after a workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
Tips for making Pumpkin Drop Cookies
When you mix the dough, you will notice it is not as thick as most cookie doughs. Don’t worry, they will turn out great, but you will definitely want to use a cookie scoop or tablespoons to place the dough on the cookie sheet.
When baking these cookies, be sure they are cooked through. Oven temps vary and if you pull them out too soon, the cookies can still be doughy in the middle…not good. I like to wait until I can see they are just barely starting to show a little browning on top.
*A note about the yield of this recipe. If you want large cookies, like the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies sold in packages of 10 at the grocery store, this recipe will make about 2 dozen cookies (approximately 155 calories per cookie). I prefer to make smaller cookies. Using a small cookie scoop, or spoon, I get 4 dozen cookies from this recipe (approximately 77 calories per cookie).