I made you a pie.

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Well, okay… I made you the filling of a pie.

I bought the crust.

I don’t do crusts. Remember when I tried? Yeah… not happening.

But I made croissants so that makes up for it. Hmmpf!


Way back when I shared a chocolate chip cookie pie that I found on a yellowed scrap of newspaper in my mom’s recipe box… and it literally tasted like a giant chocolate chip cookie. It was oooey and gooey and even… chewy. Yes.

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I’ve only made it once since then because if it’s made, it’s eaten.

By me.

All of it.

Just try it. Double dare.


So… I made the pie with pumpkin. Know why? Because I dreamt it. Yep. I’m totally serious.

I woke up on Sunday morning with one thought in my mind: pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie. It was blaring in my head like a siren. I have no idea why.

Alright, I sorta do.

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See, for the last four weeks I’ve been trying to perfect a seriously CHEWY pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Yes, I’ve had the normal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They were one of the first recipes I ever posted here, complete with pictures to make your skin crawl. Buuuut… I’m done with them. I don’t even want to see another one. I want chew, not cake. CHEW. If I want a cakey cookie, I’ll make a darn cake. I want a cookie that chews and spits out melty chocolate chips.

I’m probably the reason for the pumpkin shortage because, um… I think I’ve gone through at least 10 cans trying to perfect these stupid chewy cookies. It’s driving me insaaaaaaaane! Good news is I’ve nailed it and will share it soon enough. Better news is that this pie was worth sharing over those cookies.

I’m convinced waking up with pumpkin cookie pie on the brain was the universe’s way of telling me to lay off the cookies.

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Oh, except for one thing. The pumpkin… it kind of took away the chew of the pie. *hangs head*

Not all of it. It’s still cookie-like, it just definitely adds a bit of cakey-ness. But I’m not one to complain. (<– really? since I’ve now complained this entire post.) I’m so annoyed with pumpkin right now. Why can’t it have chew-inducing molecules, or whatever the heck it has to have to stop being so cakey?

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Anyway, I wanted to pie myself in the face with this. If that tells you anything.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Yield: males one 9-inch pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1.5 hours


2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1/3 cup pureed pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup chocolate chips
1 unbaked pie shell
whipped cream or ice cream


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs until foamy. Beat in flour, sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Add in vanilla extract, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix until combined.. Blend in melted butter with mixer on low speed, then gradually increase to high and beat until mixture is combined and you have a batter. Toss chocolate chips with a sprinkling of flour and fold into batter. Pour into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell. Bake for 55 minutes, or until center is no longer jiggly.

Serve warm with ice cream of whipped cream.

Edited to add: I have tested this recipe four times and the measurements are correct. You MUST cool your butter completely. You also MUST use an electric mixer. And third, you MUST mix the butter in thoroughly with your electric mixer until a batter is formed like the first picture above. Feel free to add more pumpkin, but if you do that you will essentially have a pumpkin cake inside a pie crust. Other than that, the measurements are spot on. The key is you must, must, must let that butter cool.

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P.S. Sorry about the store bought crust. But not really.

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329 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.”

  1. #
    Ruth — October 4, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I just made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins yesterday! And this looks absolutely amazing! Adding to my list of recipes to try right now…

    Also, my mother has the most delicious and flaky pie crust recipe that is sooooooooo easy to make! I will send it to you!


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    kaceyt @ om&nom.com — October 4, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    i completely agree with you on the cakey problem with pumpkin cookies! i can’t wait for your new cookie recipe!


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    Bonnie — October 4, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    America’s Test Kitchen recently informed me that by using oil in combination with butter, it ups the chew factor of baked goods! Perhaps it might be worth a try for this gem of a recipe.



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    Cindi — October 4, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Oh, this looks absolutely PERFECT! I will definitely be stalking your site, waiting for that cookie recipe :)


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    Marci — October 4, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    I just recently found your blog and I must tell you that I am in TOTAL love/hate with it!!! I love seeing the food and dreaming about what it will taste like in my mouth (and making my mouth water)! I hate that I cannot make every one of recipes!!! You ROCK!!!!


    • Jessica — October 4th, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

      Thanks Marci!


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    Erin — October 4, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Store bought crust. Seriously?? You make me weep.

    Here’s my “recipe”. I’ve been making it the same way since my grandmother taught me when I was, I dunno, 9.

    2 cups flour
    1 tsp. salt
    2/3 cup Crisco
    6 Tbs. ice cold water

    Mix flour and salt together. Cut in Crisco with pastry cutter or knife. It should be combined, but still a little chunky. Now, take your hands and make a well in the middle of the dough. Spoon in the cold water, and use a fork to combine, first taking the sides of the well down into the water. Mix as little as possible – the resulting dough should be crumbly. At the point where you can just barely gather the dough into a ball without it collapsing, stop mixing. Cover and let it sit for 10 – 20min. I usually whip up the pie filling in the mean time. Divide the dough in two. Now it is crucial that you work with the dough as little as possible, so try not to roll it out more than once or it will become leathery. Use ice water to mend any seems.


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    jenny moran — October 4, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    oh my goodness…can you please just send me the finished product. it looks so delicious.


  8. #
    Anna — October 4, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    Crazy sexy pictures. Now that is food porn.


  9. #
    Kelly — October 4, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Yum. Not generally a sweet pumpkin dessert girl but that does look pretty tasty and I do enjoy all the work you do around recipe development. I think it shows in the quality of your recipes.


    • Jessica — October 4th, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

      Thanks girl!


  10. #
    Arbine — October 4, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    OMG. My hips are telling me no but my eyes and taste buds are screaming hells yes. :)


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    Heather I. — October 4, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    Yep, I totally don’t do crusts either. In fact, they kind of scare me. This pie looks and sounds amazing!! I just started subscribing to your blog and it’s definitely now one of my favs :)


    • Jessica — October 4th, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

      Thanks Heather!


  12. #
    Sweet Marcella — October 4, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    Absolutely divine! And by adding ice cream, I’m pretty sure I could down at least half of the pie :)


  13. #
    Savannah — October 4, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    Looks awesome! Just decided not to go on a diet after reading this.


  14. #
    Maria — October 4, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    oh no, this is not helping. (trying to lose weight)


  15. #
    Heather — October 4, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Adding pumpkin to the Toll House pie recipe…what a great idea!!


  16. #
    Courtney R — October 4, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    You just ousted pumpkin whoopie pies for the pumpkin fix I was planning to make tomorrow! Do you realize what talent that is?


  17. #
    Lisa — October 4, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    I wonder if you get sick of all the comments telling you how amazing and delicious your food looks… no? ok good because heres another one.
    seriously. I <3 pumpkin. and cookies of course, duh! :)


  18. #
    Mama Pea — October 4, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I never would have thought to put a cookie…no a cake…no a pie…in a pie. You should be illegal. ;)


  19. #
    Rachel — October 4, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Yummy!!! Pumpkin and chocolate chip is one of my favorite combinations, so I know I will LOVE this! Too bad the hubs doesn’t eat pumpkin…I might have to eat the whole thing myself! Now that would be quite the problem. ;)


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    holly — October 4, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    have you tried using mochiko? it’s rice flour, typically used to make mochi, the chewiest snack ever! i highly recommend. =)

    by the way, i love your blog. it’s the best food blog ever! i even blogged about it! i love your photos and hilarious narrative.


  21. #
    Caitlin @ Cake with Love — October 4, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    the perfect pumpkin recipe!


  22. #
    Viviana — October 4, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    OMG. I’m going to the store right now and buying everything to bake this. This looks beyond yummy!

    Found you via Six Twelve Place and am now following :)



  23. #
    Kayla — October 4, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    duuuude. you have no idea how much i love you and can’t wait for your CHEWY pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe. i have never made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies because the weird cake texture i see in pictures always keeps me away.


  24. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — October 4, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    This is just too good. I DIE.


  25. #
    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — October 4, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Even if not perfectly chewy, this still looks pretty freaking amazing.


  26. #
    Caroline — October 4, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I can’t wait for the chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!! I love the taste of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies but the cakeyness totally turns me off.


  27. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 4, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    I want to have such sweet dreams as you have! Pumpkin and chocolate make for a good night’s dreams.


  28. #
    Tamar — October 4, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    Since pumpkin pie is my favorite dessert and chocolate chip cookies are my boyfriend’s favorite dessert…I’m thinking this is going to be my wedding cake. Seriously.


  29. #
    paul — October 4, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    I have just made it!Super delicious!


  30. #
    Ashley — October 4, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    BAhahaaa…I love the complaining in this post!! Chewy or cakey, this looks insane. And reading you say you wanted to pie yourself in the face with this had me in hysterics. Now I get why you’re already “done” with pumpkin for the year. :)


  31. #
    lynn @ the actor's diet — October 4, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    never apologize for deliciousness!


  32. #
    Allie @ SweetPotatoBites — October 4, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    I pretty much want to face plant into this cookie/cake/pie of deliciousness. And of course the addition of ice cream makes anything better.


  33. #
    Lina — October 4, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    Have you tried cooking the pumpkin down on the stove first? America’s Test Kitchen has a great recipe for pumpkin pie that cooks it until it loses it’s moisture and becomes glossy and thick. Perhaps this would help with the “cakey” problem?

    I think I will have this for my birthday :)!


  34. #
    kyleen — October 4, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

    This looks delicious! I love how you combined pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies; I’ve never heard of that.


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    CouponClippingCook — October 4, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    omg…the picture with the ice cream dripping down! wow, that looks so good. And regarding the store-bought crust…hey, it’s what’s on the inside that counts!


  36. #
    betty — October 4, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    The ice cream photo looks great! and sometimes it is better and easier to use bought pie crust haha anyways it looks great!



  37. #
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl — October 5, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    I think I just drooled on my keyboard… {and I have all the ingredients to make this baby on Saturday}


  38. #
    Sook — October 5, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    Wow.. pumpkin chocolate chip pie! That sounds amazing! I used to buy pumpkin chocolate chip bread all the time and this reminds me of that… Saving the recipe!


  39. #
    Susan Stonick — October 5, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    Well this is it! I am going to a pie party…yes a pie party this Saturday in South Park….and I have found my pie!


  40. #
    Sonnet Gal — October 5, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    No matter how many times I try, my crusts NEVER turn out like my mom’s. Of course, that is a pretty high standard, but I gave up years ago (I’m a wee bit older than you. Ha!) and I am NOT giving in to the “it’s so easy” people. Easy is buying a frozen crust, which is on my Saturday shopping list, too, so I can make this for our neighborhood gathering Sunday night. Thanks for the perfect fall recipe. Finally, it is cooler in Texas, if you call 90 cool, and I am getting into the fall spirit.


  41. #
    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 5, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    I honestly don’t know how you come up with this stuff! You out do yourself everyday!! This looks amazing!


  42. #
    Linda — October 5, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    Take away an egg! Sometimes using too much egg can make a certain dessert too cakey, and since you have a pureed veggie (fruit?) as a binder, I don’t think you would miss it :) Happy baking!


  43. #
    Paulette — October 5, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I made pumpkin cookies the other day and it tasted too cakey plus I could actually taste the baking soda in the recipe ( I have a delicate taster) LOL. Must have tried six recipes till I decided to try Duncan Hines Spice cake recipe for pumpkin cookies. I then put brown butterd icing on and yes they were good and yes I cheated using a cake recipe for cookies. But it was so good and I so ate almost all the cookies.
    Now I will try this recipe, looks so good. I was going to start my diet today but there is always tomorrow. Hugs Paulette


  44. #
    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — October 5, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Chewy or cakey…I’ll eat this for you! It looks great!


  45. #
    Sloan — October 5, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    You are just evil, woman! Why can I not resist making your desserts?! Can you post some recipes with negative calories to offset these? Say something with (dare I say) veggies?! Or it just means more miles for me to run to work them off. :-)


  46. #
    Laura — October 5, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    I don’t generally like pumpkin pies but this was amazing! I made it last night and it has now been added to my thanksgiving menu! Thanks!!!


    • Jessica — October 5th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      So glad you liked it!! :)


  47. #
    Callie McGee — October 5, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    I am so glad I’m not the only baker who can’t make a pie crust.


  48. #
    Andrea M — October 5, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    This. Is. Brilliant. I have nothing else to say…Thank you.


  49. #
    Miranda — October 5, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Hi – this looks amazing! How long does it take to make this, prep time included? Thanks so much – I love your blog!


    • Jessica — October 5th, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

      It only takes about 10 minutes to mix everything together, but it takes about an hour in the oven!


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    Jennifer — October 5, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    At the risk of repeating the advice of other commenters (I tried to scan through the comments so I wouldn’t but there are a lot!), I have made chewy pumpkin cookies using pumpkin butter instead of pumpkin puree. You can get it at Trader Joe’s (and other places too), and the cookies were great. I saw other people did mention dehydrating the pumpkin puree on the stove top; I have not tried that, but I have heard good things. I just wanted to let you know about the pumpkin butter in case it had not been mentioned by anyone else. And this pie looks so good; I’m totally going to make it.


    • Jessica — October 5th, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

      Excellent idea – thank you!



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