megan’s white chocolate pumpkin cookies

November 17, 2009

This is the third in a series of posts I’m calling Odes to Autumn, for what should be very obvious reasons! Check out the first in the series, Homemade Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet and the second, oh-so-dreamy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Massive thanks to Megan at The Runner’s Kitchen for successfully making me crave these cookies so much that I had to go out and buy apple sauce and nutmeg so that I could make them myself!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
(original recipe at: The Runner’s Kitchen)


  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3.5 oz white chocolate bar (I used Green & Blacks), chopped into small pieces
  • small handful of dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and grease a large baking sheet
  • Whisk together flour, spices, and baking soda in a medium bowl
  • Beat together the sugar and butter until creamy
  • Mix in applesauce, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla
  • Slowly incorporate flour mixture until just combined
  • Stir in the pecans and white chocolate and dark chocolate chips
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on top

I should rename my first batch White Chocolate Pumpkin Bites since the word “cookie” doesn’t really apply here! They tasted almost cake-like and were way too soft to really qualify as cookies. The second and third (!) batches were much more cookie-like.

Perfect with a cuppa milk – my co-workers could attest to the fact that these were delicious since the box I brought in to share disappeared in approximately 40 minutes! Don’t skimp on the white chocolate whatever you do because it was seriously the star of the show – bon appetit!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl November 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Scrumptious ode :)


Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) November 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Mmm pumpkin and white chocolate!? Sounds like an amazing combo!


Food Makes Fun Fuel November 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Yummy! I love my cookies to be cake like so I b I'd love the first batch


Leianna November 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Love white chocolate and with pumpkin sounds so irresistable!


Holly November 18, 2009 at 11:35 am

these look divine! whenever i saw these on megan's blog, i also thought they looked dayum good.

have a good day lady!


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm

oh man, i want to make these cookies again. and you're right – the consistency was very "cake-like". i think that's because i cut out a whole stick of butter from the original recipe that i based this on. less butter + more applesauce = moist and fluffy texture. i probably should like dark chocolate for its health benefits, but white chocolate has been knocking my socks off lately :-)


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) November 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Those cookies look great! Pumpkin is a wonderful addition to so many foods — cookies, pancakes, oatmeal, soup. So versatile!


Michal November 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

Yum! Pumpkin + chocolate = mega win :)


Erica November 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm

This is a cool flavor combo! Perfect for thanksgiving! Hope you have a nice weekend :)


Erin November 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm

These look scrumptious! Perfect for fall. :)


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