Introduction: Scary Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Preheat your oven to 350°. Seriously, this recipe is so easy if you don't to it now you will surely need to wait for the oven to achieve temperature after preparing all of the ingredients.

Some people don't like to use mixes to bake, preferring to bake from scratch. I however, always have cake mixes on hand for when a late night hankerin' comes on. Plus, like Carl Sagen said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

So these little homemade gems might use a mix, but they are so easy that if you can open a can and operate an oven, you're in business. Go to the next page for a ridiculously short list of ingredients.

Step 1: Ingredients

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You preheated the oven to 350°, right? No? Well go do it now, seriously, we'll wait.


(1) 15oz Can of Pumpkin
(1) Cake Mix (any brand, any flavor)

Optional Ingredients:
(1) 12oz bag of Chocolate Chips*

*Note: This is completely optional and can be substituted with anything you fancy. Peanut Butter Chips, Craisens, Nuts... Try some options out and post your favorite combos in the comments section.

That's it. Seriously. No eggs, no oil, no water, no nothing. Just those 2 simple shelf safe ingredients can have you ready to make some awesome cookies in a moments notice. OK, 3 if you count the chocolate chips I'm using.

Step 2: Mix

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In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin and the cake mix . This can be done with a mixer or a spoon. So long as all of the cake mix powder is incorporated*, you should be fine.

Once you've achieved a fairly uniform consistency you can begin to add your additional ingredients, in our case (1 bag) 12oz of Chocolate Chips and stir until evenly distributed. Vary amounts to taste.

*WARNING: Once the cake mix is incorporated do not answer the door until the baking process is over. There may be a crowd of people assembling on your sidewalk or porch to protest that you are not making use of 99% of available ingredients.

Step 3: Drop and Bake

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OK, all that's left to do now is drop your cookies on a cookie tray. You can use a Teflon coated tray or parchment paper if you like. I usually go for cookies that are about the size of a 1 1/2" ball cut in half, about 2 Tablespoons per cookie. I didn't scare you with that measuring talk, did I?

Unlike many cookies that spread as they bake, these, for the most part, retain their shape. Could be another opportunity to get creative.

See, aren't you glad you preheated that oven.

Bake at 350° for 20 - 25 minutes . Bigger cookies may take longer

I know, you cookie bakers are saying, "25 minutes? For cookies? That's way too long!" Well for these it isn't. The nice thing about these cookies besides the simplicity of ingredients is that they are easy to bake. Unlike a typical chocolate chip cookie, for example, where the window for taking them out perfect is very slim, the window for pulling these and them still being perfect is a good 5 minutes or more.

Step 4: Cool and Enjoy

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These cookies should rest for a couple of minutes after being removed before eating, if for no other reason to ensure 350° chocolate doesn't destroy your mouth. You'll notice these cookies have a cakey consistency which, given our ingredients, stands to reason. These cookies are a great fall treat, but with a variation on your flavor of cake mix and or your ingredients, they could be customized for any time of year.

Thanks and Enjoy!

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k_parry12 (author)2016-07-01

how long do you bake them 4????????????

JulieR114 (author)k_parry122016-12-05

I did it for 13 minutes & it came out great.

darthwolvex (author)2016-01-03

I'm making these with spice cake, hoping they turn out ok. I followed the recipe to a tee so we'll see! I'll post pictures soon as they are done!

Lilskyy4 (author)2015-10-28

well spice cake or carrot

Lilskyy4 (author)2015-10-28

carrot cake,raisins, and spice cake is super good for this recipe

LoriM27 (author)2015-09-17

These are great, but definitely more cakey. I'd recommend you don't make them too big or too thick or you'll end up with a gummy center that isn't great.

I use a spice cake mix and cinnamon chips. It makes for a wonderful cookie.

corman13 (author)2015-09-07

Grandchildren love to bake and we found we like a two tablespoon is just the right size for them. Easy cleanup, too.

jennifer.huber3 made it! (author)2014-12-03

My daughter made these and she just loves them! She was proud to share them at Thanksgiving with family. They are delicious!

amanda.reed.79230 (author)2014-10-25

me and my daughter are going to make them for are pasters.

tina.somers.14 (author)2014-10-17

My grandson and I just made these. They are in the oven right now. I'm teaching him how to bake. I home school and cooking/baking are part of his curriculum. We can't wait to taste them. :)

arinicole (author)2013-06-14

These are a little bit too cakey for me, i like a chewy cookie or a bit more crunch. These would make good muffins though!

cgonzales6 (author)2012-12-03

Can't wait to try this out!! I love baking but I hate assembling and measuring and all the other stuff that goes with it (in other words...I like the finished product without the hassle) LOL. This sounds like I get the fun without the pain...YIPPEE! Am gonna try either spice cake or Irosariol's carrot cake hint (super moist...thanks dbira). Has anyone else tried using something other than canned pumpkin to 'moisten' the cake mix? Just wondering - would love a couple of more easy cookie recipes like this :-)

Miss Nola (author)2012-11-20

I made these with extra moist white cake and white chocolate chips & some caramel bites in a few. Be careful w the caramel bites, they seemed like they burned a bit although they were still delish!

abauer4 (author)2012-10-21

I'm going to try making these for my boyfriend tonight. Any suggestions on the best type of cake mix to use? I'm not a fan of the carrot cake idea that I saw in the comments. Any other tips I need to know?

ahayes5 (author)abauer42012-11-19

How many does this recipe make? Thanks

lpellerine (author)2012-10-18

I've got a batch in the oven as we speak! I will let you know what my daughter and myself think when they are out and cooled!

lpellerine (author)lpellerine2012-10-18

VERY good, they have the texture of a muffin or molasses cookie. I will definitely make them again!

aliencatx (author)2012-09-08

you where right the whole family ate them before I could take them out to cool. The only problem was they went flat on me. Any advice?

amy1973 (author)aliencatx2012-09-15

try adding some baking soda that may help

amy1973 (author)2012-09-15

these sound delicious i am going to make them this weekend

mylittleseason (author)2012-08-16

These also make nice muffins.

lrosariol (author)2011-11-23

Less than 1/2 an hour to cookies! I made them with Duncan Hines carrot cake mix and they where gone in no time flat!

dbira (author)2011-11-06

These are fantastic. I don't typically used "boxed" anything but wow, I'm won over for this recipe. I used Betty Crocker super moist carrot and chocolate chips and they are sooooo much better than the store bakery's cookies! Well done, I'm impressed.

Spookeriffic (author)2011-11-01

This looks ridiculously easy! I'm definitely going to have to give them a try. Thanks for posting!

jpereira15 (author)2011-10-28

I'm not a huge fan of using mixes, but I had to see if this recipe would actually work. I used white chocolate chips and cranberries and they're freakin' delicious! Thanks!

vbrown3 (author)2011-10-28

Oops!! Forgot to say how great they taste! I used a white cake mix and peppermint chips. Wasn't sure how they would taste, but, they are awesome!! Thanks again!!

vbrown3 (author)2011-10-28

I just got done with my "first" batch! I LOVE this recipe! Super easy! Thanks so much for sharing! Number one on my list!!

scoochmaroo (author)2011-10-27

Looks great!

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