Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies With Maple Brown Butter Frosting

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Last month I asked you guys for your favorite cookies. I learned about a bunch that I had never heard of before. Among them, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. It’s unimaginable that I had never heard of these before, being the chocolate chip cookie lover that I am. So, thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you for turning me on to these cookies. Actually thank you – M-J, Jessica, Katrina, Janelle, Low, and Kellie for sending me your recipes (And, anyone I may have left out… sorry.) I couldn’t decide on which recipe to try because they were all different, so I worked up my own inspired by you guys. Then I decided to top them with a maple brown butter frosting… not that these needed anything to make them taste any better. But let me tell you, this frosting was so good, I wanted to eat it all by itself. Okay, I’ll give it to you straight. I did eat quite a few spoonfuls of this maple temptation. So much that I didn’t have enough for all the cookies. Whoops! Anyway, hope you like it, too.

Here’s the ingredients for the cookies.
Cookie Ingredients

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2 1/4 cup self-rising flour
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

  • Whisk together flour and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter.
  • Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
  • Add flour/spice mixture to sugar mixture in three additions. Alternate with pumpkin in two additions, ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in chopped pecans and chocolate chunks.
  • Drop on cookie tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes about four dozen cookies.
  • Let cool.

Cookie Dough

You can use an ice cream scooper to get evenly proportioned cookies. Also, see how the chunks are all hidden in the batter? Make your cookies look as good as they taste. Just save some chocolate chunks and stick them right on top of the cookie batter before you throw them in the oven.

They’ll look like these when take them out.

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Next up… frost those babies. Oh yes!

Maple Brown Butter Frosting

Maple Brown Butter Frosting

3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp maple flavoring

  • Sift sugar and set aside.
  • Melt butter over medium heat until golden brown. Watch closely so it does not burn.
  • Add butter to sugar, scraping all the butter into the bowl.
  • Add milk and maple flavoring. Stir until smooth.
  • Spread on top of cookies with an knife or offset spatula.

Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Then sink your teeth right in.

Halloween Cupcake Cookie Jar

Just for fun I wanted to show you this Halloween cupcake-shaped cookie jar I scored at the craft store, Hobby Lobby. It’s so dang cute! I think it was around $15 if you want to run out and get one before Halloween.

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143 comments on “Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies With Maple Brown Butter Frosting”

  1. love the cookie jar! so fun

  2. ahaha. i always overeat on icing before it gets on the cookies too.
    and i can NEVER just stop with one spoonful. ahah. thanks for sharing your delicious photos.

  3. oooh they look delicious! I will definitely be trying this recipe out here in the next couple weeks. Thanks for sharing.

  4. yummy!!! On a side note, Kroger should pay you for all the exposure you give them! ;)

  5. Yippee!! I LOVE these cookies and I’ve been looking for a good recipe for them for the LOOONGEST time! I’m gonna bake up a batch tomorrow.

  6. Oh my gosh! I never thought of icing these- what a glorious idea!! Thanks for the tips on making the cookies prettier too!

  7. The maple brown butter frosting sounds like a delicious twist! I’ll have to try your version.

  8. these look nice. I ve never heard of pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies either

  9. So awkward when I find myself drooling on the keyboard.

  10. Shoot! I’d eat cardboard if it had maple frosting on it!
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  11. I can’t wait to try these babies! You do know there is an opening for you on the next Food Network Star!

  12. ah those really look yummy and soft and chewy! :)

  13. Yum! I love the addition of pecans and of course, the icing! LOVE the cupcake cookie jar, so cute!

  14. They look so good even without the frosting!

  15. I’m new to you, Bakerella, and I just love everything you have done! I always ice these cookies with a powdered sugar icing drizzle. I wasn’t a subscriber yet when you asked for cookie recipes, but I’d like to send you a very good and unique recipe now just for fun. What is the best way for me to send it?

  16. They look marvelous…..

  17. love the maple frosting

  18. that recipe looks so good! thanks for sharing!

  19. Holy mouthful. Those look so excellent!

  20. WOW. These look/sound amazing. Pumpkin and chocolate is such an underrated combo, so I’m so happy to see it getting some love. And that frosting? Are you TRYING to kill me? Can’t wait to try it.

  21. Yum.. Those look soooo good!

  22. darn you! I am trying to limit my sweets and healty-up for the winter. I have a weakness for maple, though, so now I know I am going to make these and just eat all the frosting. mmm maple.

  23. Sounds DELICIOUS!! Can’t wait to try them!! Love me some pumpkin!!! Could i use Maple syrup instead of maple flavoring in the icing? It would obviously adjust the consistency, but it might give it a slight color change too…what do you think?

  24. I LOVE anything pumpkin (even pumpkin soup!). I can’t say for sure, but I think I gained an inch in each of my thighs just looking at those cookies (I would not be able to stop at one…or two or…) – yum!!

  25. These look SO good! I love your halloween cookie jar. I can’t wait until I have a house/apartment big enough to store seasonal decorations.

  26. to make it simpler would we be able to use the pre-mixed pumpkin pie mix and omit the added spices?

  27. These look delicious! Love the frosting too!

  28. hi bakerella.!!

    me encanta todo lo que haces, todo se ve delicioso.!!

    mucha imaginacion y hermosas galletas.!!

    saludos desde mexico.!

  29. I’m pretty sure I need one of these…right now…

  30. Those look delicious! I will be making them this week!

  31. those look fantastic! :) one of these days when i get some time i’m going to pick my favorite recipes from you and have a bakefest!!

  32. Pumpkin and chocolate together in a cookie – what could be more perfect?? They look fabulous – thanks for sharing the recipe!

  33. I bombed the recipe somehow, they were so so so soft. Was your pumpkin really dry as mine was awfully moist?

  34. I’ve had brown butter frosting before, but not with maple. It sounds perfectly delicious!

  35. Your site is my absolute FAVORITE on the web. You have the best ideas. I made the cupcake pops, and then the Halloween version. I really want to make some for pops Christmas but need your help! I am very good at the execution, but stink at thinking up my own ideas. Please make some Christmas ones I can copy. Pleeeeeeese!

  36. Where can I find maple flavoring? Is it similar to a vanilla extract type of flavoring? Would a regular grocery store carry it or would I need to go to a specialty shop?

  37. YUM-O! Those look soooo mouth watering!One thing I love – pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, another thing- pecans, another – CHOCOLATE! Oh my goodness I can’t WAIT to try this recipe. Thank you!

  38. Do you know how you could make this with fresh pumpkin, since it’s around halloween and all…

  39. I made 5 {yes FIVE} batches of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last week alone. My family devours them…and that frosting sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

    But I have to ask… my favorite thing about pumpkin chocolate chip cookies is that they bake up thick and almost cake like with a very different texture than regular cookies. These look more like regular chocolate chip cookies texture – wise. Is that how they are?

    sorry for the longest comment ever ;] I’m just curious now!

  40. KRISTIE – me too!

    liz – I don't feel so guilty now.

    Life with boys… – hopw you like it.

    Lil Missy – I didn't even think about that.

    The Jongejans – hope you like them

    Emily Rose – you are welcome!

    Fuji Mama – the frosting rocked!

    Snooky doodle – See… I'm not the only one.

    janel – that happens to me a lot too!

    Geni – Yes. Maple is my new friend.

    Dream Cake – haha~

    Vera – They were more soft than chewy.

    Katrina – Thanks!

    Patricia Scarpin – awe, thanks!

    Anonymous – sure. There's an email link in my profile.

    suzy – Thanks!

    Lyns – I really did.

    Liz Wilcken – you're welcome

    elizabeth – Thanks

    My First Kitchen – Yes with sweetness.

    puglyfeet – thanks lady!

    Cassykins – oh, just make the frosting… less fattening.

    angelabarton – I'm not sure. It was my first time making brown butter frosting, but I say go for it.

    Atticelf – I couldn't either.

    Maris – I know what you mean. I need storage desperately.

    Lynna – there's a spice cake mix version. Try a search for that.

    My Sweet & Saucy – Thank you

    violetta´s – gracias … I think.

    Debie – you definitely do.

    Erin – enjoy!

    nicole green – invite me over.

    CookiePie – no prob!

    Lyns – my cookies were soft, too. you can't tell but the pic but they were. I have never eaten or even tried these before, so I'm not sure how they are supposed to come out. But from all the pics I saw, they seemed soft or cake-like. Did you use 1-cup of pumpkin or the whole can? What your butter room temp or softer? I used canned pumpkin and it was mushy from the can, not dry.

    Stephanie – oh yes!

    Anonymous – I'm working on ideas now. So, stay tuned.

    Heavnsnt4 – I found it in the grocery store – near the extracts.

    Ramsey – Hey, you've got good taste.

    Rach – sorry, I'm not that smart.

    Benson & Sarah Garner – I probably did something wrong with my measurements. I don't know because I've never had one before. I'd hoped they would have baked up higher, but they were still soft inside and still good. They definitely weren't like regular chocolate chip cookie texture. I'll have to experiment with some more recipes I guess. Do you have one you like?

  41. your cookies are so perfect! everytime i make pumpkin cookies they look all ugly, even when i use a cookie scoop! these look delicious!

  42. oh my gosh, my teeth all fell out at the thought of all that sweetness!! lol Cannot wait to try them!!

  43. I don’t “do” pumpkin but I like the idea of a frosted choc chip cookie! Mmmmm frosting.

  44. Sounds yummy, i am def. going to make them. Just wondering if you could replace the maple flavouring with pure maple syrup (natural) and if so how much should I use? the same 2tsp?

  45. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  46. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  47. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  48. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  49. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  50. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  51. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  52. I tried this recipe, but I made smaller cookies (the size of a quarter; which bake a lot faster) and I made mini-sandwiches with the icing!! :)

  53. You are amazing! You have so many awesome ideas! I think I might make a batch of these to take to a potluck Saturday… wait… would I want to share?? mmmm.. might have to make two batches – one to keep and one to share! :D

  54. Oh my, my mouth is watering…my two favorite things…pumkin and chocolate…and then you just ahd to go and add that decadent maple frosting! mmm…It’s all going on my grocery list this week!

  55. This is the one I use. I really like it… although they don’t turn out as pretty since the batter is so thick they bake up just how you plop them on the pan. {Maybe the baking powder and soda are what helps them be more cake like}

    1 cup canned pumpkin
    1 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 egg
    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 tsp. Baking Powder
    2 tsp. Cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1 tsp. Baking Soda
    1 tsp. Milk
    1 T. Vanilla
    2 c. chocolate chips {I use semi-sweet and usually do less than 2 cups}
    1/2 c. Chopped nuts {optional}

    Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg and mix well.

    In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

    Dissolve baking soda with milk then stir into flour mixture.

    Mix together flour mixture with pumpkin.

    Add vanilla, chocolate chips, and nuts.

    Bake at 350 on a greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes until they firm up a bit

    I like them with just the cinnamon but they are also good if you use some pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg.

  56. Mmmm…I haven’t eaten lunch yet and these look so scrumptcious my mouth is watering. Do you have a printable copy you can email me that I can tuck this into my recipe box? That would be great! Your photography is also amazing. What kind of camera do you use? I’m in search of one right now.

  57. That frosting looks amazing! I’m going to have to come up with something where I can use it!

  58. This is my lucky day…just two days ago we purchased from the bakery – Pumpkin Choc. Chip cookies…and OH MY they are SO good. I told my daughter I will look for a recipe and low and behold…I found your blog! And we thought the ones we purchased were yummy…I can tell from your pics that these cookies are going to be AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

    Have a fun day!

  59. P.S.

    I just posted about your delicious looking cookies as well as added you to my Fave blogs!

    Thanks again! I can’t wait to make these!


  60. Simply Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing….. will keep this recipe in mind when I am itching for a cookie.


  61. dessertobsessed – I'm glad you think so

    Cortni – you don't need teeth to eat frosting, so I think it's ok.

    Saucy – do it.

    a Brit Of Cake – I don't think you would need much. I'm nit sure how it would work, but I say go for it.

    m?d?lina = LUV it. I bet they were super cute.

    Kandra Young – or two to keep. There's always too much food at those things anyway.

    Tiffany-Joy Mo – Enjoy!

    Benson & Sarah Garner – Saved! thanks.

    Jeni – you can copy the text and paste it in an email to print out.

    Here's a link to my camera info


    Satisfying my Sweet Tooth – how about a bowl.

    Joan – thanks joan!

    jacquisbakingsomething – I feel a scratch coming on. Will you make some for me?

  62. I’m in the process of making these right now. The cookies are turning out (any very yummy, btw) but my frosting is not. It seems like such a simple recipe but yet somehow I did it wrong. My frosting is much darker and very runny. Although is tastes good I won’t be able to frost the cookies with it? Anyone have any thoughts?

  63. Hi Arielle – I don’t know what went wrong, but just check your measurements. Also, did you sift your confectioner’s sugar?

  64. omg i need that cookie jar, SO going to hit hobby lobby tomorrow!

    QUESTION:… okay so this is slightly OT but needed to ask the guru anyway ;) I was thinking of making some halloween variation of your cake pops to bring to my kiddos classes… will they fair ok if i cover the top of the pop w/ a little cello bag tied off w/ some ribbon?


  65. I wish I knew you personally so I could take part in all of your amazing treats. I would probably eat them ALL.

  66. YUM!!!
    They look sooo good!

  67. Holy cow! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  68. Wow, those look and sound amazing!

  69. so beautiful ..please post me some …joke ….however if you really sent me some I wouldn’t refuse them :) Keep cooking


  70. These look so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  71. Lauren – They sure will. That’s how I package them.

    Millie – I could definitley use a taste-tester sometimes.

    Sydney – Thanks!

    Sunny Tuesday – I hope you like it.

    Jaina – thank you!

    Rico – sorry. they’re in my tummy!

    Bridget – You’re welcome!

  72. More pumpkin desserts….Yes, I am OK with that! Especially ones involving maple brown butter. Mmmm.


  73. Pioneer Woman just linked to you. She made your Halloween pops. I have a feeling you are going to be getting a lot of hits today! Yay!

  74. Maple Brow Butter Frosting…

    Oh. my. goodness.

  75. Just found your site through pioneer woman. Love the cake balls, the cupcake ones are beautiful. Can’t wait to make them. Also, am making the pumpkin cookies today!

  76. yum yum yum! I have maple flavoring and I’m always trying to think of ways to use it!
    btw..if you get a chance..enter my giveaway!!

  77. I just saw you on Pioneer Woman. Your site is great! I’ll be back for sure.

  78. I love this site. I found you about a month ago and have already made the cupcake pops several times (not quite as cute as yours- but more practice maybe will help:) I will definately have to try the pumpkin cookies.

  79. oy.

    I’m in the process of making these and have the opposite problem as Arielle – my icing has turned out (DELICIOUSLY, i might add) but my cookies have not. The cookie BATTER is delicious but when it bakes, they spread out and instead of 12 pretty cookies on my cookie sheet, i have one large cookie..um.. sheet.

    What am I doing wrong? the only thing I’ve omitted are the pecans, but that shouldn’t do anything, right??

  80. They look wonderful and I want to make them tonight! I’ve never made cookies with self rising flour and don’t have any on hand. Can I add ingredients to regular flour? I’m going to go surfing and find out…wish me luck and thanks for the wonderful recipes!

  81. I just made these tonight and they turned out AMAZING!!!! ALthough I did have to up the temp 25 degrees. SO YUMMY!!!!! :) Thank you!

  82. looks divine! in autralia, pumpkin isnt something we really use as a sweet. in fact i have never seen canned pumpkin-could i just use mashed pumpkin?? and could you tell what pumpkin spice is please?
    looking fwd to trying this scrummy recipe:)

  83. New to Bakerella, but LOVING it so far!

    Made (seriously) about 16 dozen of these for an office party this week — HUGE hit!

    The one thing I noticed, which I might tinker with when I make these again (and again, and again…), is that there is no salt in the recipe, which usually brings out the best in the chocolate chunks…other than that, A+, WILL MAKE AGAIN!

  84. I would like to share with you a short cut that I have enjoyed very much. Instead of all those ingredients, try this. 1 smaller can of pumpkin to 1 box spice cake mix. Add chocolate chips for deliciosity and bake. They are wonderful. If you want to go the extra mile, top with some cream cheese frosting: 8oz cream cheese, 1/2 c. butter, 1 t. vanilla. Yum!

  85. thanks for the recipe! the cookies turned out wonderful, and even the picky eaters in my house ate them. thanks!

  86. Hi! I just discovered your blog and I love it! Your recipes are a lot of fun and your pictures are great. :) Last night I made pumpkin cookies and used your frosting recipe… needless to say they were a hit. Thanks and keep up the good work!


  87. These were amazing. I couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you for sharing your talents and fabulous recipes with us.

  88. We Are Not Martha – I'm right there with you

    Rosemarie – That's crazy. I love her site. Thanks for the heads up.

    chocolatechic – oh my and goodness is right.

    Jacque – welcome and I hope you like the cookies.

    Suzanne – This was my first time using it and it won't be my last.

    amy – Yay. come back any time.

    j&krosser – I think you'll like them.

    Crys :D – Did you use a cookies scooper? If so, large or medium? Maybe your you just had too much batter for each.

    Deb – you can make the swap. I didn't have enough AP. don't forget the soda and powder.

    alyssa – YAY!

    LEA – I'm not sure what the natural swap would be and the pumpkin pie spice is a mix of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and ginger

    wanda.farbrit – YAY! I love to hear that!

    Kristin – thanks, I have that one, too. But I was trying to do them from scratch the first time.

    Anonymous – Great!

    Christine – I'm glad you liked them. And your family, too!

    the Kargis Family – Wow, No problem. Glad they were a hit.

  89. Just made these right now! I didn’t have self rising flour, so I did half cake flour, half bread flour, and some bp and bs. My cookies seem to be a lot bigger than yours + my batter came out a tad soft, so what I ended up with were pretty much muffin tops. Delicious nonetheless =) Thanks!

  90. My husband works at Hobby Lobby, so he made sure to send me a pic of this cookie jar. I hope they have some left, so I can get it on sale!

    I will definitely have to try this recipe! They look delicious!


  91. I made these cookies this weekend. Awesome flavors! I do have a few questions. My batter was not as thick as yours looks and my cookies didn’t bake up as well. Could you double check the ingredients and let me know what I did wrong. I love these cookies and I want to try them again and hopefully come out with a better looking cookie. Note: it has not stopped us from eatting the ones I made.

  92. I’ve never been able to find a good choc chip pumpkin cookie recipe, thanks for sharing, and thanks for the fabulous blog!

  93. Mine looked nothing like yours, but that’s okay because they were still delicious! The maple frosting really made these fantastic, I don’t think I would be raving about them without it.

  94. these are the best cookies i’ve ever made by far!
    although i ran out of confectioners sugar and only had about two and a half cups, it was still the best tasting icing.

  95. Wow, these look delicious. I will definately be trying these. Thank you!

  96. Lisa U – hey, they sound good to me.

    Courtney – lucky, you’ve got an in. That store is great.

    Kristen – I wonder if your butter was too soft. Also, I used a smaller size scooper to mound the batter.

    Lisa – you are most welcome.

    Jenna – I know, the cookies were really good, but I went crazy for them with the frosting.

    brittany – wow, that’s awesome. So glad you liked them

    Angela Harris – Enjoy!

  97. Great cookies, I made these today for my father-in-law and my wife, who doesn’t like anything pumpkin even said they were good. For some reason I have trouble with frosting…of any sort…just doesn’t turn out for me, but I wasn’t sure about my flavoring to start with, so have to keep looking there, but great cookies, thanks!

  98. O-M-G-YUM! I just pulled the first batch from the oven and ate one hot. They are delicious and beautiful to boot. No frosting for me, cause then I would just feel really naughty and probably eat more. Though that may require making more to accomplish! I did find the spices a bit heavy for my likes, but my DH loves a spicy pumpkin pie, so we’ll see his verdict when he gets home.

  99. JacTpcMec – glad you impressed your wife.

    CakeEater – I hope it’s a thumbs up.

  100. Yep, in fact he said next time add more spices!

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