Pumpkin Date Cookies

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Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors to cook with. It adds color and flavor to a dish and takes a recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. Last year I made tasty Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and this fall I wanted to try out a new Pumpkin Cookie. I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Date Cookies.

Pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

This recipe uses pumpkin and apple sauce in place of most of the butter, so it is very moist and chewy.  The insides of the cookie have a cake like texture.  I added dates and pecans along with spices to give the cookies a nice burst of flavor.

A stack of pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

Because the dough is so moist this cookie takes a while to bake. I had to keep checking the cookies and putting them back in make sure they were cooked all the way through.  My oven in on its last legs and doesn’t always heat evenly, but it took over 15 minutes for me to bake the cookies. They won’t get crispy, but they will start to brown around the edges and on the bottom when they are done.

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Pumpkin Date Cookies - a moist and chewy cookie that combines pumpkin with dates and pecans. A perfect seasonal treat for fall.

Looking for more fall cookie ideas? Try Heath Bar cookies, Pumpkin Reeses cookies, or Cake Mix cookies.

Cookies Make the Perfect Gift

I love to share homemade cookies with my friends and family! Food is a great way to bring people together during the holiday season, either in person or from a distance.

Why not bake some cookies this year and put together a cookie gift box for your friends? Here are some cookie recipe ideas for gift giving!

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Pumpkin Date Cookies

Pumpkin Date Cookies

Pumpkins and dates make a delicious holiday treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking power
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a mixer until creamy.
  3. Add the apple sauce, pumpkin and vanilla and mix.
  4. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix until combined.
  5. Fold in the dates and pecans.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes until center of cookie is firm.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 10gSugar: 5g


Hi, I’m Anne!

I love to cook and I want to share my recipes with you. I believe cooking should be approachable and fun, not a chore. I want to make simple recipes using everyday ingredients that you can make again and again, whether it is for a busy weeknight, a summer cookout or a special dessert. Read more...

9 thoughts on “Pumpkin Date Cookies”

  1. I replaced the brown sugar with coconut sugar and the regular flour for Bobs Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour. This is a fantastic recipe! I have made these 3 times already and my non GF friends are trying to steal these cookies! Thank you!!


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