Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

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Last weekend, it seemed as if fall had arrived! I love fall. It’s my favorite season. The leaves turn, sweaters come out of the closet, and pumpkin spiced lattes start showing up on coffee shop menus. It’s also a good season for baking. And there’s nothing more appropriate for fall than pumpkin. These pumpkin spice oatmeal pecan cookies are simple and delicious. Even better, they have less fat than other cookie varieties (just 6.3 grams for 2).


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cubes melting chocolate


Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice and cinnamon. In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, followed by the pumpkin and vanilla extract. Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the pecans. Drop 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.

Cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cookies are cool, heat the melting chocolate in the microwave for one minute. Remove and stir, heating in 15 second intervals until melted. Drizzle over cookies.
Makes 32 Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies.



Amber Recker is a non-profit leader, freelance writer, community volunteer, and food blogger. By day, she serves as the director of development and marketing for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, where she handles fundraising, marketing, and public relations. In her spare time, she and her husband Jon spend time in the kitchen and maintain their food blog: They have two Great Danes, Lucy and Lenora, who keep them on their toes.
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