IMG_6848There is a bakery in Indianapolis that has the best pumpkin oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies.  I tried to finagle the recipe out of them, but nothing doing.  So I decided to recreate them.  I found a similar recipe that calls for raisins and nuts (no thanks!) instead of white chocolate chips.  They turned out awesome.

We just moved from Indianapolis to Utah.  I decided a long time ago to stop waiting for neighbors to bring me treats when I move in somewhere.  When we moved to Indy I started the tradition of bringing cookies to our new neighbors instead of moping around waiting for them to bring some to us. (Let’s be honest, I’ve got plenty of extra baked goods lying around anyway!)


So I whipped up a double batch of these babies to give to our new friends sharing our walls.  We chatted with the cute just-married couple next door.  We met the lady upstairs and her teenage son who likes to play his drums on our living room ceiling.  And then we knocked on the last door.  It creeks open a sliver.  An eye peers out.  A man with boxers and no shirt on opens the door a little further to glare at us, the couple who has dared to knock on his door at 8:30pm.


After a very rushed and awkward conversation, we hurry back to our apartment.  I don’t know what it is with naked people answering their doors.  When we were in Indiana, we brought cookies to the guy next door.  He opened the door wearing nothing but a towel.  We all just stared at each other for this horrible moment, and then he says “I thought you were someone else.”  We practically threw the cookies at him and ran.

I hope you enjoy these cookies and don’t have to deal with any scantily clad men in the process!


(Here’s the original photo of these cookies. This was my first ever blog post here on The Food Charlatan!)

Pumpkin Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Pumpkin Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings: 36
These are the best pumpkin oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies! I pieced the recipe together after trying some at a bakery. They turned out awesome!


  • 1 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned carefully into the measuring cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, plus more to top cookies with


  • Melt the butter in the microwave. Pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl and use an electric mixer) and use the whisk attachment to combine in the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin.
  • In another medium bowl, add the flour (make sure you spoon and level it!), salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and oats. Whisk to combine, then add to the wet ingredients. Stir until it is not quite combined, then add the white chocolate chips. Once all the flour is mixed in turn the mixer off, you don't want to overdo it. The dough will be pretty soft.
  • Refrigerate the dough for at least a half hour, or longer.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make large balls of dough, at least 2 tablespoons each. Place them 2 inches apart on baking sheets that are lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Gently flatten each ball with the palm of your hand--not a lot, just enough to make it not so dome-y.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will not appear done, but take them out anyway and immediately press some white chocolate chips on top of the cookies. Let them sit on the pan for 5 or 10 minutes. Then remove to a wire rack and let cool.


There are no eggs in this recipe on purpose. The pumpkin acts as the egg. That's why pumpkin cookies are usually cakey. Eggs are the culprit! Also, remember to press additional white chocolate chips onto the tops of the cookies AFTER they have baked, otherwise, they will brown.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 169
Keyword: chocolate chip, Cookies, Oatmeal, pumpkin, white chocolate
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  1. Having read the other reviews, I was surprised and disappointed with my first attempt at these! My experience showed the recipe”s suggested time of 8-10 minutes to be not even close to long enough. I like cookies most and chewy as a rule, but it took a third pan and about22 minutes to get the desired result! Those that were fully baked (still chewy!) were quite good!

    Currently the first two pans are back in the oven, hopefully baking enough to use as a crumble over ice cream.

    1. I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you! I’ve never had that issue with these cookies before.

  2. Gorgeous pictures. I made these pumpkin oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. Thanks for sharing! Happy Independence Day!

  3. Love your pumpkin oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies recipe. I’ll definitely try it, but instead of 1/2 cup sugar i would use honey! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Can i post it on my blog? Thanks for sharing, Karen!

    1. Totally try them out Adell! They are super good. Haven’t made these in years. About 5 years I think. This was my first post on my blog! haha!

      1. That’s awesome, congrats on 5 years of blogging! What’s crazy is I gave birth to my daughter that day, haha. She turns 5 on October 4th!

  4. Yay for first posts! Who opens the door with a towel on? I don’t care who you are, if I’m opening the door, I’m putting clothes on.

    1. I sprawled across my bed to read the scriptures this morning and ended up reading your blog for at least 30 minutes. I hate myself. Congratulations on 8 successful years.

      1. Bahaha!!! I’m sorry Maureen!! Can’t tell you how often that happens to me, I go to read the scriptures and get distracted! Thanks for reading though :)

  5. Hilarious! I love the description of your neighbors! So sweet that you brought them cookies … not so sweet that they answered the door half-naked, though! And, ummmmm … these cookies?!? Are you kidding?? Pumpkin + Oatmeal + White Chocolate = Brilliant! So totally pinning these … and wishing they’d jump right in my belly! Love that you included your original pic … really fun seeing how very (beautifully!) far you’ve come! :D

  6. This was fun to read. I actually thought of taking treats to our neighbors when we first move to our apartment and to our now home… but I am always worried about will they take it? will they eat it? what if they get a tummy ache later? will they blame me? hehehe Do you ever think about that?

  7. Best quote of the website: Never is there a time when I think to myself, “I want cookies, but I can definitely wait a half hour for my butter to soften before I start making them.” No way.

    1. You’re so right, Nikki, who waits for butter to soften? That’s why God invented microwaves:)
      Funny how that quote ties in with today’s 9th anniversary post – never enough butter!

  8. Eric G: I think your opinion is tainted . . . You would like anything the Food Charlatan would make . . . .

    Bogs looks yummy . . I will add it to my favorite food blog list!

  9. I think the guy with the towel’s name was Stan. My dad talked to him and he thought Stan was a nice guy. I hope he enjoyed the cookies…

    Great cookies btw! I love ’em!

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