These pumpkin cheesecake cookies are super soft, filled with white chocolate chips and as you guessed, have a cake like texture. So, we're calling them cakey cookies. They are full of delicious pumpkin flavor and really easy to make!
For all you pumpkin lovers, make sure to try this pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting (there's even a how to video).
This recipe was originally published on October 19, 2020.
These pumpkin cheesecake white chocolate chip cakey cookies are seriously, the best!
It's kind of like a fun surprise, are they a cookie or are they a cake? They are both! They have a cookie appearance on the outside, with a soft cake texture inside. Cookies made from scratch are always the best.
And if you're not living under a rock you know all about crumbl cookies. This reminds me so much of a crumbl pumpkin cake cookie.
With an iconic pumpkin spice flavor thanks to some pumpkin pie spice and a bit of cream cheese and white chocolate chips, the combination is perfect and super addicting.
These are the perfect fall treat to bring to a family gathering, maybe a halloween party or just an after dinner dessert.
Why You'll Love these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
My husband says these remind him of the pumpkin cake you get at Starbucks. And I just love how easy it is to snack on them without getting cake crumbs all over your hands.
They are soft like cake but portable like a cookie, so they make the perfect bite size treat.
How To Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
It starts with softened butter and softened cream cheese getting mixed together until they are lighter in color and a bit thick. Instead of stuffing the cookies with cream cheese, it all just get's mixed in - because that's easier.
Pumpkin puree is our pumpkin of choice. Just a can of Libby's. And you can freeze the extra pumpkin and use it for this 20 minute pumpkin ravioli, it's just the right amount.
You'll add a bunch of traditional cookie ingredients. But these cakey cookies have a few extra ingredients that you may be wondering about.
Corn starch is one, it's just a little bit but I love how light it makes them. I add corn starch in to my recipe for pumpkin cheesecake also. Another addition is baking powder for extra lift.
Did you see how puffy these pumpkin cheesecake cake cookies are??? I don't know I'm kind of thinking these are better than the Crumbl pumpkin cake cookies! Sorry Crumbl.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Ingredients
This is just a helpful list with explanation of how some ingredients in this recipe play an important part, for those with questions.
- butter - I like to start out with softened butter, it creams better
- cream cheese - full fat cream cheese, at room temperature, or else you will get blobs of cream cheese - you want it to be silky smooth when mixing
- brown sugar - make sure to pack the brown sugar when measuring
- white sugar - you can use any type you want
- egg - just one egg
- vanilla - a good vanilla extract is always nice for cookies
- pumpkin puree - you will only half a cup, but can freeze the remaining
- flour - all purpose flour
- corn starch - this gives the pumpkin cookies a nice light texture
- baking soda - for rise
- baking powder - for more rise
- pumpkin pie spice - one whole teaspoon, if you dont have pumpkin pie spice you can see this recipe for pumpkin loaf with pie crust crumble where I use individual spices to make one up
- salt - for flavor
- white chocolate chips - these are amazing in these cookies
More Fall Treats
If you are trying to step up your fall baking game then make sure to check out these pumpkin cream cheese cinnamon rolls, pumpkin roll with silky cream cheese frosting, or these better than starbucks pumpkin scones.
- ½ c butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ c packed brown sugar
- ¼ c white sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ c pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ c flour
- ½ tbsp corn starch
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ c white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375
- Beat together the softened butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and white sugar until lighter in color and thick, about 3 minutes
- Add in the vanilla and egg, mixing well
- Mix in the pumpkin puree (see note)
- Sift together the flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt
- Pour the dry ingredients in to the wet, mix until almost combined
- Add the white chocolate chips and finish the mixing until it is combined
- Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
- Drop by rounded 3 tbsp onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, once the top and sides start turning golden they are done
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack immediately
- It’s okay that after mixing in the pumpkin puree it looks curdled, this is normal, it will smooth out once you add the dry ingredients
- Chilling the dough allows it to set up, and helps to keep the cookies tall and puffy when baking