I’ve seen a few recipes for a two ingredient pumpkin cake which uses pumpkin puree and yellow cake mix only (you can view one version here). The cake comes together from the moisture of the pumpkin.  I thought I could try making cookies with this same idea since I’ve made cake mix cookies before and they came out great.

I used a chocolate fudge cake  mix. Because the two main ingredients are pumpkin and cake mix, the pumpkin flavor comes through a lot. The chocolate cake mix added a nice fudgy texture.  I added some chocolate chips to add a little more texture to the cookies. Next time I might add some cinnamon too.

The cookies aren’t as rich as other cookies I’ve made in the past, but I think that’s expected when you have so few ingredients. They are soft, cakey, fudgy and with a strong pumpkin flavor. I like how easy they are to make.

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Three ingredient chocolate pumpkin cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10-15 mins


One box chocolate fudge cake mix
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)


Preheat oven to 350F. Mix cake mix and pumpkin puree (and cinnamon if using) in a bowl of a stand mixer until batter is smooth. The batter will be quite thick. Stir in chocolate chips. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop dough batter and place onto cookie sheet, spread 1 inch apart. The batter will be quite sticky so you can't really shape the cookies. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cookies can be moved off parchment paper without sticking to bottom.


4 Responses to “Three ingredient chocolate pumpkin cookies”

  1. Kay — November 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I tried the pumpkin/cake mix and I added chocolate chips too haha! These look great, I will try them out soon!

    • Kirbie replied: — November 17th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      Oh cool. I want to try the cake next time! Actually I’m curious to try various cake flavors and see the different results.

  2. Deborah — January 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

    It works well with Spice cake mix. I didn’t try it with this exact recipe but I’ve done something similar before. It’s a lovely pumpkin cookie. I imagine you wouldn’t need the cinnamon though.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 16th, 2016 @ 8:45 am

      I can definitely see this working with a spice mix!

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