Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I have what can only be described as the world’s most aggressive sweet tooth. Like, I know you think you like desserts, but I would gold medal AND smash the world record in brownie eating if it were an Olympic sport.

I see people stopping at one cookie or one slice of pie or one piece of cheesecake, and honestly, I am dumbfounded, confused, and a little offended by their lack of commitment to the cause. My brain and body just aren’t programmed to moderate sugar intake like that. Just like I wasn’t programmed to have blue eyes or keep my desk clean. It’s part of who I am, and I’ve accepted it.

Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

So as I made the transition to eating a healthier diet, I had to learn a very important lesson in regards to sweets: I had to feed the alligator. That’s a saying my Dad has—feed the alligator—basically, if you repress a desire/wish/need long enough, chances are, it’s going to eventually bubble over, and you’ll overcompensate for delaying gratification for so long.

To keep an alligator from eating you, you have to feed it something. To keep my sweet tooth alligator from overwhelming me with an entire chocolate cake, I have to feed it a slice of chocolate cake. Or in this case a Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookie.

Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

So, it’s with recipes like these Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes or Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies that I feed the alligator. I get awesome, homemade cookies that keep the sweet tooth alligator at bay (and I get to bake with my adorable kid), and I only get about eight cookies. They don’t make it through the day, and that’s exactly the way I like it.  The kid gets one cookie (any more and she’ll be up until Tuesday). My husband gets three. And I get four. Because, alligator.


Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Yield: 8 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Want a batch of Fall cookies but don't want four dozen kicking around your house? These Small Batch Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies only make eight cookies!


  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, cream together the pumpkin puree, butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar using a hand mixer until smooth.
  3. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla, and molasses. And then mix until smooth. Add in all the remaining ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  4. Spoon the dough with rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet. You should get about 8 cookies.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just slightly brown and the cookies are just barely set. Do not overbake! Let cool for 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 cookies Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.



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  1. I love desserts but like you my will power is not good. I keep a safe house too but some days I just want desserts. I generally buy one of the cupcakes that the markets sell or the 100 calories pack. I am going to try this recipe.

    By the way, my daughter’s name is Cassie too. Great website.