Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecan Streusel

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Next week I am starting a cleanse for the first time ever. I am easing myself in this week. I am not sure if you saw my Instagram photo earlier this week, but it’s seriously intimidating. I am doing a mix of a cleansing juice with a mostly raw diet consisting of vegetables. All things that area new to me. My sister designed this cleanse for me, she is a certified nutrionist, personal trainer and yoga instructor. I have texted her a million time this week with questions about how I am supposed to survive on water and vegetables. Day 1 down, the hangrys were minimal, but I am expecting day 2 and 3 to be difficult. Send help.

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecan Streusel are definitely not a part of my cleanse. I am not allowed to eat any sugar, AT ALL! I know right, how as I supposed to survive? I successfully walked the bag of MnMs from the couch back to the cupboard without eating a single one. I would call that a win. This recipe was sent to me by my mother. I know there are tons of recipes for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies out there, but I don’t have one yet, so you get another one from me. Similar  to the pumpkin muffins I made, this recipe dates back more than twenty years. My mom said she wrote it down on an index card and used to make it as Christmas time.

I couldn’t just make any old pumpkin chocolate chip cookie, I had to add a bit of my own flare with the pecan streusel. I figured that since these were a very cake like cookie, these deserved a bit of a crunch factor. This cookie is made with a few ingredients that I am not used to using in my cookies, like honey and vegetable oil. Originally, my mom would make these with whole wheat flour, but I didn’t have any so I used regular flour. Either one will work.

When you make these cookies, the dough will be very sticky. I spooned the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and then put the streusel on top with my hands and gently patted it down. The streusel is brown sugar based, mixed with pecans, flour and a bit of butter.

These cookies are best served the same day you make them. If you are going to store them, you have two options. You can keep these in a Ziploc bag, but that will soften the streusel. You can also keep it in an air tight container in the refrigerator but it will dry out the cookies a little bit. As such, you should eat them right away! Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecan Streusel

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes


A soft and cake like pumpkin cookie stuffed with chocolate chips and topped with a brown sugar pecan streusel.


  • 1 C Pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C Honey
  • 1/4 C Oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 1/4 C Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking soda dissolved in 1 tsp milk

For the Streusel

  • 1/4 C flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 C pecans
  • 3 tbsp cold butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine pumpkin puree, honey, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture and mix slowly.
  4. Mix in chocolate chip cookies.
  5. In a shallow glass, combine baking soda and milk. Stir to dissolve baking soda. Mix into dough.
  6. Prepare the streusel by combining the flour, brown sugar and pecans in a small bowl. Cut butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry cutter until it resembles a fine crumb.
  7. Drop by the tablespoon on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Spoon streusel onto the top of each cookie and gently press down.
  8. Bake at 375°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for several minutes before transferring for a wire rack to cool.
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5 Responses
  1. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    These cookies look amazing Julianne! So perfect! Good luck with the cleanse girl! They are so freakin’ hard!!

  2. D D Dell

    “I added a bit of my own flare”! I love that line. Good luck with the cleanse. You know what the experts say…..”a good cleanse is the key to an excellent season of shredding the slopes!” Wonder what your first scrumptious delectable will be when you are done?

  3. Mir

    Oh, wow. No sugar. I take my hat off to you, Julianne. Doing a cleanse in your line of work ain’t easy!
    These look fabulous, all thick and chocolatey. I think I would not be able to hold back from eating them!

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