These cookies will never win in a beauty contest.  They are monochromatic, many are misshapen and the chips have a sunken in appearance.  But as they say, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  And that means that these cookies are a major winner.  You can see why just by the title – pumpkin and butterscotch, two ingredients that are already wonderful on their own, come together to make magic happen.  The resulting cookies are quite addictive.  Normally I have fantastic willpower when it comes to sweets, but I found these irresistible and ate way too many in one day (so did Ben).  I’ve made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies before and while those are good, it is no contest – these are the best.

Other great pumpkin butterscotch treats:
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Filling
Pumpkin Scones

  • Yield about 2 dozen cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable or canola oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 325° F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk to blend.  In a the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and light in color, about 1 minute.  Blend in the oil, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract until well combined.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Gently fold in the butterscotch chips with a spatula.

  • 02

    Drop mounds of dough onto the prepared baking sheets (I used a medium-sized dough scoop), spacing them a few inches apart.  Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through baking, until the tops feel set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 14-16 minutes.  Allow to cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.