Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies


Pumpkin peanut butter cookies pair nicely with a glass of milk or coffee for an afternoon treat

Thank the good freakin’ Lord it’s Friday. I could’ve seriously done without the events that have happened to me this week. I’m just all sorts of ANNOYED and I feel like I’m on my last nerve by the end of every day. You know what else I could’ve done without? Blog drama. Like, are you even freaking kidding me with that? Typically I don’t get all huffy puffy about stuff that people leave in comments for me and just ignore it or delete it, but that lady crossed the line, as most of you all agreed with me on Twitter. I even got the sweetest email from a reader saying how she actually made the sauce (and how amazing it was) and I need to stop letting that crazy lady write comments on my blog.

This is what I’ve learned this week: if you can’t say anything nice, shut your pie hole. And if you have happen to grow a pair behind a computer screen – good for you, because now you can come say it to my dang face. Oh, you can’t? You’re only ballsy when hiding behind a computer screen? Get a life. I hate trolls.

Sorry, I just had to let that all air out. I’ve been keeping way too much in this week and it’s slowly breaking me down.

I’m thankful for good times with my coworkers. I’m glad that my manager and coworker are both good friends of mine. We went out last night to grab drinks and appetizers and it was so relieving. This is going to sound wrong but the first sip of wine tasted SO GOOD. It was like a huge stress reliever and took away all the weight on my shoulders and helped me forget my anxiety for a bit. So thankful that I’m able to go out and let loose every now and then with my coworkers and shoot the sh!t.

You really do need that in your life. No matter how stressed you are, no matter how busy you get, you must make time to go out and be with good company. You will get so burned out if you don’t. Take the time to breathe every once in a while. It’s really okay to just stop and let life live while you relax. It’s so liberating. I feel like a brand new person after last night. It’s weird, but there’s just been so much stress and anxiety bottling up and I think I finally burned out.

Speaking of enjoying life to the fullest, these pumpkin peanut butter cookies were baked as apart of a bake sale for a dear friend of mine’s best friend, Beka, who is doing a run/walk for Chron’s Disease.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 12 mins Total Time 27 mins
Serves 3 dozen     adjust servings

These are the softest and super moist cookies that combine two great favors!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Next, add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and peanut butter and beat until mixed well. Then gently add in the flour mixture in two batches.
  5. Spoon dough onto cookie sheet with a cookie scoop.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges start getting golden brown and the cookie is just starting to set.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Posted on October 26, 2012

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  1. 10/26/2012 at 7:42 am

    Sorry to hear about the nasty comment. :( I will never understand why people waste their time and energy on leaving negative comments.

  2. 10/26/2012 at 7:56 am

    YUM! :)

    Sorry about the negativity. :(

  3. 10/26/2012 at 8:33 am

    I often wonder if it’s a bad thing that there are times when I take that first sip of wine and just *feel* myself relax. I’m glad to know you sympathize with the feeling of needing to unwind! You totally deserve to just take it easy this weekend–and don’t give another thought to those nasty (and completely insane) comments.

  4. 10/26/2012 at 8:46 am

    Wow, just looked over and can’t even believe those comments… clearly some people have WAY too much time on your hands. You have so many amazing recipes and so many people that love your blog, don’t worry about a couple of people with too much free time and a bad attitude about life.

  5. 10/26/2012 at 9:25 am

    Blog trolls are the worst, I’m so sorry you had to deal with that crap and I’m glad that you’re able to rise above it all. And I so agree about the first sip of wine, I always think it’s by far and away the best!

  6. 10/26/2012 at 9:30 am

    Two of my favorites, peanut butter and pumpkin! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out. Happy Friday!

  7. 10/26/2012 at 9:58 am

    Wow, I can’t believe the balls on that lady.

    That being said, you do a wonderful service to us all… Spending tons of time working on this so we can enjoy all your hard work. Thanks for your delicious recipes!

  8. 10/26/2012 at 10:09 am

    Surprisingly Im not sick of pumpkin yet, (even though I feel like Ive been swimming in it!) PB is my favorite..this combo sounds purrfect! :)
    p.s. sorry about the crazy lady :(

  9. 10/26/2012 at 10:18 am

    You have amazing recipes…don’t let others rude comments get you down. I will never ever get tired of seeing delicious pumpkin recipes! These cookies…so completely delicious looking:-)

  10. 10/26/2012 at 10:20 am

    Sorry about the negativity Julie! I had some negative comments from readers this week. “Butter is not unhealthy – you should try it” (what? I’m pretty sure all of my recipes usually contain butter! my own healthy cookie recipe yesterday did not though) also “when will you make something besides cookies and brownies?” (again… WHAT???? It’s a BAKING website!) Geez!

    On the other hand Julie, I could use a cookie like this today. PB is my favorite (as you know!) and pumpkin is a close second. I want them BOTH!

  11. 10/26/2012 at 10:39 am

    DEFINITELY not sick of pumpkin (just did a post about that last night in fact!) And yep, I have more pumpkin on my list to pick up at the grocery store after work today. Long live that succulent squash!

    Glad you had time to relax and unwind with company you enjoy. You deserve it. Also, I have every intention to make your sauce, b/c I am 1,000% confident that it is amazing!

  12. 10/26/2012 at 11:00 am

    I hate nasty comments; I will never understand why people feel they can do that. Just because it is a website? There are still people behind it!
    I am going on a girls trip this weekend, can’t wait for that first sip tonight, it is so needed!

  13. Dawn
    10/26/2012 at 11:22 am

    Julie, don’t get discouraged by a hater. You are an amazing person! I love the fundraiser you are helping to promote! My Mom, Aunt and Grandmother all have/had Chrones disease. I will be spreading the word for your friend on Pinterest also! Great job, both of you! Thanks for sharing!

  14. 10/26/2012 at 11:37 am

    I totally lol’d “I hate trolls.” SO TRUE. Don’t let haters get ya down. I know, easier said than done, but still. There are always going to be those select special few who like to poop on your day unfortunately. And it’s funny because it’s all behind a screen like you said. Lamewads.

    Oh, and AMAZING cookies btw! I love pumpkin + pb!!

  15. 10/26/2012 at 12:41 pm

    Glad to hear you feel better now – not sure why she’s so discouraging. Any hoo – let’s talk about cookies. I recently got hooked with pumpkin (yeah, I’m late, lol) so this is so cool! Pumpkin and Peanut Butter – shut the front door!

  16. 10/26/2012 at 1:03 pm

    Sorry for your trouble, Julie. Trolls stink. And I think your gravy rocks. As do these cookies – LOVE the idea of mixing peanut butter and pumpkin!!

  17. 10/26/2012 at 2:38 pm

    You couldn’t have said it better, Julie! “Shut your pie hole.” I love it.

    And these cookies – YES PLEASE! You know I’m game for anything pumpkin related. Add some peanut butter and I’m in heaven!

    I’m so glad you’re doing the bake sale too! I think I’ll bid on everything :)

  18. 10/26/2012 at 2:46 pm

    People are idiots. I’m sorry for more negativity but somebody has to say it.

    And these cookies look great! I’ve never used peanut butter and pumpkin together.

  19. CynthiaD.
    10/26/2012 at 3:26 pm

    These cookies sound AMAZING!!! Cannot wait to try them this weekend!! Please, keep up the awesome work!! Lots and lots of your fans really LOVE your recipes!! Shine On!!

    • 10/26/2012 at 3:29 pm

      Aww thank you! :) so glad to hear this! Thanks for reading & being a fan :)

  20. 10/26/2012 at 3:29 pm

    Yeah, there’s definitely a line between “constructive criticism” and “just plain rude”. I guess I can see how people who have been cooking for years and have a certain level of expertise might look down on bloggers for whatever reason, but you are totally right: if you can’t say something nice…

    Anywho, these sound great! I love the combo of pumpkin and peanut butter…sounds fun :)

  21. 10/26/2012 at 5:30 pm

    Girl, I needed Friday so badly! so glad it’s here. Now only if I had a batch of these at my fingertips. :)

  22. 10/26/2012 at 11:27 pm

    Yikes… sounds like the anonymous lady who commented (all caps, of course) telling me that I shouldn’t post recipes for Cambodian food if I wasn’t Cambodian! It was such a different response than I usually get from people when I post recipes from countries with lesser-known cuisines. I love it when folks post constructive criticism but this lady was just totally off her rocker.

    Oh well, we shouldn’t let the haters get us down, right? I, for one, am new to your blog and already a superfan :)

  23. 10/28/2012 at 8:43 am

    Yum…I’m looking at these cookies just after breakfast and my mouth is watering. Wish I had one now for my breakfast dessert!

  24. Leah
    10/28/2012 at 7:38 pm

    Super rude of her!! But I hate the word troll :)

  25. 10/29/2012 at 8:54 am

    These cookies look AMAZING! I’m going to have to bake up a batch myself. Unfortunately, I can’t bid on the ones you’re making for the auction (as I’m not in the US) so good luck to all the bidders – it’s a great cause!

    p.s. I hate trolls too!

  26. 10/29/2012 at 9:43 am

    Have to agree with you there, if you don’t have anything nice to say why bother putting it out there! these cookies sound incredible!

  27. Ansley
    10/29/2012 at 12:50 pm

    These look AMAZING but I have a peanut allergy…do you think it would work if I substitute Sunbutter? I’ve never tried baking with it but I really want to adapt these! :) And I’m sorry you have to deal with nasty comments on here. The things she was saying were un-called for and immature.

    • 10/29/2012 at 1:23 pm

      Definitely could substitute sunbutter! :) thanks for the sweet comment!!

    • Tina
      01/14/2016 at 1:32 am

      You might try cashew butter as a substitution as well.

  28. Julie!!! I am so late to the party here, but I just read the comments from that CRAZY lady – that is absolutely insane! I cannot believe that someone would be SO mean for no reason, it baffles me!

    You are amazing and don’t let weirdo’s like her let you think otherwise!

  29. Meredith
    11/02/2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Julie – I started to follow your blog, and a few other food blogs over the last six months or so. The majority of recipes on my menu come from these blogs. I have to say, that everything that I have tried from your blog has been amazing. I have these cookies, along with your crockpot tikki masala on my menu for this coming week and am looking forward to making them. I thank you for taking the time to blog! I for one love to cook, but very fearful of creating my own recipes! I have to say that 95% of the items I have tried creating from food blogs have been delicious. Items that come out not so well, I never write nasty things on the blog (as there is always the chance I made an error with making it). I admire you and your fellow bloggers for the work you do. Keep your recipes coming :)

    • 11/02/2012 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Meredith, this was a really sweet comment. Us bloggers love doing what we do because of readers like you. I appreciate your feedback and I really like that you don’t leave nasty comments even if dishes don’t turn out right. It’s okay to leave constructive criticism though! Anyway, thanks for taking the time to write me & thanks for being a loyal reader :) have a great weekend!

  30. 11/16/2012 at 9:39 pm

    i found your blog searching for a recipe for these cookies. they are amazing! i added a cup of chocolate chips and oh man! thank you!!!!

  31. Jennifer
    11/20/2012 at 8:51 pm

    Oh my goodness…I made these the other day and they are WONDERFUL!! Super moist and soft! I added chocolate chips to some of them!! YUMMY!! :)

  32. Alice
    05/09/2013 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this lovely recipe! I just baked these today and my husband and I absolutely LOVED them! Crunchy around, very soft inside, just delicious, can taste Peanut Butter and Pumpkin, love this recipe – my favorite cookies.
    My husband hates Peanut Butter so I was surprised when he said “These cookies are very yummy, even with PB!”
    I am looking forward to try out more of your recipes.

  33. Sarah Reimer
    10/21/2013 at 1:44 pm

    Mmmm making these today, finally found one that sounds like what I was looking for. Thanks :-)

    • 10/22/2013 at 8:08 am

      I hope you enjoy, Sarah!

  34. Shannon LeRoy
    11/22/2014 at 6:18 am

    These Pumpkin Peanut Butter cookies are outstanding. I have made them three times now and I can’t keep them in the house. I can’t wait to make them for Thanksgiving. Thank you!!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!

    • Julie
      11/22/2014 at 8:14 am

      So happy to hear this! Happy Holidays to you too!

  35. 11/06/2015 at 11:25 am

    I just made these gluten, dairy and nut free! Yes, peanut free too…. Using a peanut free alternative called Wow Butter and using a gluten free flour blend and dairy free margarine. They are delicious! I topped them with melted chocolate swirls too. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Yum yum!!

  36. Genevieve
    11/07/2015 at 4:47 pm

    These are delicious! Just made them with my little boy and he definitely loves them… When I asked him if we should eventually add nuts or something he said “mom, don’t change ANYTHING these are great!”

  37. Michael Lee Stevens
    12/05/2016 at 11:42 am


    • Julie
      12/05/2016 at 6:22 pm

      Hi, this is not an online web store for baked goods. Sorry.

  38. LJ
    12/15/2016 at 12:12 pm

    I found your site looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe I could convert into dog treats. My dogs LOVE peanut butter, and pumpkin is supposed to be really good for them.

    Cookies look awesome. Trolls only exist to get attention for themselves. Talking to them, or about them only fuels their negative feeding frenzy. hehe

  39. Terreah
    10/29/2017 at 8:50 pm

    Yummy! Something new…I added a Walnut on top.
    Thank You for sharing.🙂

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