Nothing quite says fall like pumpkin flavored anything, and one of my absolute favorites are these pumpkin drop cookies.
And sure, maybe that’s because I adore pumpkin. Maybe it’s the amazing combination of soft cookie and crunchy walnut. Or maybe it’s the fact that I don’t need to whip out my non-existant baking skills because these cookies can be lumpy and unpretty and it’s totally okay.
But no matter the reason, these cookies have become a must-make for fall comfort snack food in our house.
Why are they called drop cookies?
To put it simply, drop cookies refer to how the cookie batter is placed on a baking sheet.
Because the dough isn’t placed. It’s dropped.
The idea is simple: scoop out a small amount of dough, hold it a few inches above the baking sheet, and let the dough drop and hit the baking sheet.
And better yet, you don’t need to fix or “neaten up” these cookies. The idea is to let the cookie dough fall where it may, so they might be lumpy or uneven – and that’s totally okay. The messier these cookies are the more identifiable they will be as true drop cookies.
Do you need to chill the dough?
When it comes to baking cookies, one of the most important steps is whether or not you chill the dough.
And for this particular recipe, you do not need to chill the dough.
The “beauty” of a drop cookie is the motion of letting the dough drop to the baking sheet, giving these cookies a uniquely messy look. The dough wouldn’t drop or splay as well if it was made firmer by chilling.
Can you freeze pumpkin drop cookies?
If you’d like to always have a batch of these cookies on hand, the easiest way is to freeze them for later. There are two ways you can do this.
To freeze the raw dough:
- Mix all ingredients, then scoop out about one tablespoon of dough (the same way you would before baking).
- Drop cookie dough on a tray and freeze for at least two hours or until outside is no longer tacky. Once firm, transfer to a freezer bag or a storage container with a sealable lid.
- Drop cookies can be stored for up to six months. When ready to bake, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake like normal.
To freeze the baked cookies:
- Bake and allow to cool completely.
- Store cookies in a single layer in a freezer bag or storage container. If you need to stack the cookies, separate each layer with a sheet of wax paper.
- Baked cookies and be stored for up to three months.
Notes & tips for drop cookies
- If you’re doing a lot of baking, I highly recommend having some silicone baking mats or silicone baking mats on hand. Baking cookies takes enough time without having to cut or measure parchment paper. Or if you prefer using parchment paper, you can try using pre-cut parchment paper sheets instead.
- Plus, some quality baking sheets are a must for a cookie baking extravaganza!
- For this recipe, I highly recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This recipe would be difficult to make by hand with a whisk.
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Pumpkin Drop Cookies
These ultra soft pumpkin drop cookies are laced with crunchy almonds and sweet raisins. They're the perfect treat to bake for festive fall comfort food.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg. Set bowl aside.
Drop mixer speed to low and egg, pumpkin, and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are just blended, particularly the egg yolks, about 1-2 minutes.
Keeping mixer speed on low, slowly scoop in the dry ingredients, about 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until dry ingredients incorporate and there are minimal clumps, about 2-3 minutes.
Remove bowl from mixer. Add raisins and walnuts to bowl and use a spatula to gently fold them into the batter.
Use a spoon to scoop out about 1 tablespoon (less or more, as desired) of cookie dough. Hold the spoon about 2 inches above the baking sheet, then use another spoon to scrape down and allow the dough to "drop" on the baking sheet. If possible, refrain from fixing the cookie dough look neater; drop cookies should be a bit uneven. Repeat this step until all dough is used, placing cookies about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Tops of cookies should no longer appear damp and have some resistance when touched (but not too firm).
Let cookies rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a baking sheet to cool completely.
Serve cookies immediately.