Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies are over the top delicious: they’re vegan, full of pumpkin spices and drizzled with a simple powdered sugar icing.

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This Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies recipe was created in partnership with One Degree Organics. All opinions are our own.

With thousands of recipes with pumpkin crowding the internet, how about one more? And cross our hearts, we promise that this chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies recipe will quickly become a favorite for your family! These cookies are perfectly chewy, decorated with a simple powdered sugar icing. They taste like an oatmeal cream pie (hello, nostalgia!) and they’re vegan oatmeal cookies so eaters of all kinds can enjoy them. We made this chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies recipe especially for One Degree Organics to highlight their Sprouted Rolled Oats. Sprouting the oats makes them more nutrient dense and easier to digest. Keep reading for the pumpkin oatmeal cookies recipe and a bit more about One Degree Organics!

This recipe is also part of a Virtual Pumpkin Party with bloggers all over the internet making pumpkin recipes on the same day! Head to the link for a huge collection of pumpkin recipes!

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What are sprouted oats?

The sprouted rolled oats we used in this chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies recipe are made by One Degree Organics. One Degree is a family business that thinks there should be only one degree of separation between you and the person you grew your food, like a farmer’s market. Every single product they put out has thoughtfully sourced, organic ingredients. Also, we love that we’ve gotten to know the daughter of the owners and that she has a son near our son Larson’s age! This family is doing great things for good, clean organic food in our country. So, what are sprouted oats and why would you want to eat them?

  • Sprouted grains are grains that are soaked in water until they germinate, releasing vital enzymes. Sprouted grains are nutrient-rich, easier for your body to absorb, and easier to digest.
  • Sprouted grains also lower glycemic-index foods.
  • One thing we love about these Sprouted Rolled Oats is that they can be traced back to the farmer! Scan the QR code on the package or entering the product code on onedegreeorganics.comFor these oats, type in “FT6U4M” and you can see the farmer behind the oats!

Wondering where to buy One Degree Organics? Find their rolled oats in a grocery near you by entering your zip code here.

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How to make chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies

The trick to vegan oatmeal cookies is using coconut oil instead of butter, and pumpkin instead of eggs. The coconut oil brings just the right texture to the cookies without bringing in a flavor of coconut! And the pumpkin brings moisture and a bit of binding to the cookie. These pumpkin oatmeal cookies are full of pumpkin spices: cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. And of course the vegan icing drizzled in a lacy pattern takes them over the top (see How to make icing with powdered sugar below). Other than being vegan, the method is similar to most oatmeal cookie recipes.

A few tips: For the most even bake and appearance for these cookies, we recommend using a Size 40 cookie scoop.  Confession: we didn’t own a cookie scoop until we made this recipe! Because, Alex and I are not really cookie people (gasp!). For these chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies through, we found it was really helpful to get uniform cookies using a cookie scoop. Also, the bottom rack of our oven runs hot, so we found it was even better to bake only one pan of 12 cookies at a time. When we used the bottom rack in our oven, we ran into an issue with some melted cookies. If you refrigerate the dough in between baking and bake in 2 waves, and the cookies should turn out evenly browned.

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How to make icing with powdered sugar

To top off these chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies, we’ve got a vegan powdered sugar icing. How to make icing with powdered sugar? Powdered sugar icing is one of the simplest there is! Simply mix powdered sugar together with a bit of milk until a creamy glaze forms. For this recipe, we used almond milk to make a vegan icing and it worked just as well! The only thing to remember is to keep stirring until all the lumps dissolve. Also, you can add a bit more milk if the icing is not drizzlable, but we’ve tested it quite a few times and for us it’s worked with 1 1/2 tablespoons almond milk.

One last tip: drizzle on the vegan powdered sugar icing with a fork! Using a fork helps to make the lovely lacy pattern you see in the photos. Though using a spoon seems intuitive, you come out with a chunkier drizzle.

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This chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant based, and dairy free.

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Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies


1 Star (8 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 24
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies are over the top delicious: they’re vegan, full of pumpkin spices and drizzled with a simple powdered sugar icing.


Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups One Degree Organic Sprouted Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

For the powdered sugar icing

  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond milk

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats, all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and kosher salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the coconut oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium high for about 30 seconds, scraping the bowl as necessary, until well combined. Add in pumpkin and vanilla and combine on low for a few seconds until fully combined. Gradually add in the bowl with the dry ingredients, mixing on low, until combined into a dough.
  3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the bowl with the dough from the refrigerator. Make 24 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls (a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and place them onto the baking sheet. Lightly flatten the tops of each cookie with your hand.
  5. Bake for 11 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and allow to set on the baking sheet; after 2 minutes, transfer to a wire baking rack. For best results, bake in 2 batches (refrigerate the dough in between baking); this gets the most even bake. If making the glaze, allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  6. To make the powdered sugar icing, stir together the confectioners’ sugar and almond milk until a smooth sauce forms and all lumps are dissolved (if using a thin almond milk start with 1 tablespoon and increase by little bits until it is smooth). Place the cookies on parchment paper, dip a fork into the glaze and drizzle in a zigzag pattern. Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the glaze is dry, about 20 minutes.

Keywords: Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies, Vegan Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin, Vegan, Fall Dessert

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
    October 16, 2018 at 6:56 am

    The sprouted rolled oats are a great idea here! Love how creative you guys get with the ingredients. And happy pumpkin day! xo

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you so much Kelsey! These were super fun to make and we wish we could send some over!

  • Reply
    Jean
    October 16, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Made these yesterday! I’m sure the glaze would’ve made them extra incredible but they were awesome naked too (I was on borrowed time as it was…). Really wonderful slightly-crispy, mostly-chewy fall spiced cookie. Will definitely make these again. Quick question- did you melt the coconut oil? Since the recipe didn’t specify I didn’t and it seemed fine (though I’d say the oil/sugar ended up looking more crumbly than creamed) but figured I’d ask. Thanks!! So glad I made these! :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Great question! The coconut oil is room temperature. And, it doesn’t quite cream up like normal butter — the crumbly was perfect! I’ve made updates to this recipe to address this feedback. Thanks for sending!

      • Reply
        Jean
        October 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        Perfect! Thanks so much, Sonja! :)

  • Reply
    bella
    October 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I have always loved oatmeal cookies and these look and sound so dreamy! Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  • Reply
    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    October 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I would eat ALL OF THESE. Thanks so much for participating in the pumpkin party!

  • Reply
    Alanna @ The Bojon Gourmet
    October 19, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Fascinated by those sprouted oats – I’ll have to find those and give them a try! These cookies are just stunning and they sound decadent and nourishing at the same time. <3

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Stark
    October 22, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I’m not the biggest cookie person either – even so, I LOVE these. Oatmeal cookies are my weakness. I’m also a bonafide cookie scoop owner, so no excuses there. Can’t wait to give these a try!

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen
    October 23, 2018 at 1:51 am

    I will take a dozen please! I’ve never used sprouted rolled oats, but now I’m so curious to try!

  • Reply
    Kim
    November 3, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Can you freeze these and ice later?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 3, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Great question and yes! That would work wonderfully. You can also freeze them iced, but it might look prettier to ice after freezing :)

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