Yesterday I reached a new “I-hate-doing-chores” low.

It involved propping my iPad up on a pan on top of my stove (while it was off) so that I could watch Parenthood while washing dishes.  And by “washing dishes”, I mean turning off the water so I could actually hear what was going on (faucets are loud, people!) and crying into the soap suds as Christina told her family that she has cancer.

Obviously it was a highly productive endeavor.  Not.

They eventually did get done though because my fear of waking up to a New York-sized cockroach scurrying around in my sink outweighs my dislike of just about anything.


And then, because I felt rather adult-like, I decided to reward myself with a pumpkin oatmeal cinnamon chip cookie bedtime snack.  Because that’s what a adults do…bribe themselves with food.  Normal.  Totally.

The thing about these cookies, though, is that they’re so good you’ll be finding any and every excuse to stuff one into your mouth.  I mean, seriously…all of the flavors of pumpkin pie with a little bit of extra cinnamon in cinnamon chip form for good luck.  Can’t go wrong.

Plus…they have a vegetable AND oats in them.  Breakfast-worthy?  Um, as an official chore-doing adult.  I say HELLZ to the YES. 

As a side note, I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who has donated money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on my behalf!  I am officially halfway done with fundraising, which is nothing short of totally amazing.  Seriously, you guys rock.  For those who don’t know, I am running the NYC Marathon on November 4th in honor of my dad who passed away from cancer last month.  I am running with Team in Training, which is the longest standing endurance athlete training program, and which has to-date raised over $1.3 billion dollars to fight cancer.  You can check out my fundraising page here to donate!  And remember, any donation, no matter how small ($5 anyone??) is greatly appreciated!


Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies
Makes 3 dozen, adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups cinnamon chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes on medium speed.  Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until well-combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.  Stir in the pumpkin puree.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture.  Fold in the oats and cinnamon chips.
  5. Drop the dough by the tbsp onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are set and golden.  Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 2 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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92 Responses to Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies

  1. HA! You crack me up. It’s funny, Eric likes to watch TV while doing chores, I like to listen to music.

    Congrats on the fundraising! This is wonderful!

  2. I adore that you added cinnamon to these cookies. So perfect for fall. If it makes you feel any better, I too was bawling over this week’s Parenthood episode. You’re in good company 🙂

  3. These would count as a healthy mid-morning snack too, right?! On it…

  4. Karis Ann says:

    I bribe myself with a glass of wine, which is probably worse 🙂 Oh, and I was also a crying mess at the end of this week’s Parenthood episode.

  5. These would totally work as bribery for me! And yes, they are most definitely acceptable for breakfast.

  6. Love it! My perfect world me be me cooking, someone else cleaning… No such luck yet.. only on good days. 😉

  7. These cookies look so fallish! I love it. I like to bribe myself with food, too.

  8. bellini says:

    Pumpkin rises agaan from the depths of our cupboards to shine all season long.

  9. My skin is still crawling after reading your post about the flour bugs! I store my flour and dried goods in the freezer, actually, for that very reason. My hatred of bugs is my primary motivator in doing any kind of housework at all.

  10. Gia says:

    WHere do you find cinnamon chips?? I can never find them!

    • Joanne says:

      I actually bought mine on Amazon because I couldn’t find them anywhere either! Although, rumor has it that Target carries them. I just don’t live in a city where Targets abound.

  11. cquek says:

    I am definitely trying this.

  12. Joanne, these look amazing! Just added them to my Fall Bucket List, which is slightly overflowing but WILL get done! On a serious note, I’m so sorry for your loss, and congratulations and way to go on your fundraising!

  13. Haha. Great idea to bring your ipad in the kitchen! I’m so lazy that I have a dishwasher, and I still leave dirty dishes in the sink. Luckily, my fiance and I negotiated (i.e. I forced him to agree) that if I cook dinner, he cleans up.

  14. I hear cockroaches make mighty fine dishwashers…

  15. Claudia says:

    I do remember my cockroach days. Even the cats wouldn’t eat them. The cookies are all-autumn – I am convinced they’re healthy and if not – don’t tell me. I am sorry about your Dad. I lost my mother in July and am still reeling. Sometimes normal life is the best escape.

  16. I have to make a halloween themed dessert for my sons pre-school halloween party and I am adding these to my short list!

  17. Mmmm…these are awesome. And will perfectly fit my current pumpkin addiction. SO making them 😉

  18. Amy says:

    Bribe AND soothe themselves with food…um, ya. That’s why America is so fat. I could get fat off these cookies. While NOT doing laundry. No problem.

  19. yum! and i must say… i’m behind a season on parenthood (watching it on netflix) and have officially decided that facebook is off-limits and now your blog is too. spoilers abound! haha just kidding, i couldn’t stay away from your blog. 🙂

  20. The texture of these cookies look great! I usually catch Parenthood on demand!

  21. These are more than completely acceptable as a breakfast food! These look faaaantastic 🙂 🙂
    Just donated! It wasn’t much, but it was something. Your race is the day after my wedding. I know it will be a fabulous weekend for us both!!

  22. Danielle says:

    I am definitely making these – they sound so good!

  23. Kim says:

    Joanne – I must have missed your last post but I’m so happy that I was able to catch this one so that donate towards your next run. I really admire you. You are so strong and are handling things so well. I’m not sure I could do the same. I have complete faith that you will raise all the money needed for the race!

    These cookies look delicious!

  24. Patty says:

    Ok…these really truly look very yummy…they look exactly the way a cookie should look…

    Making them on Sunday for a football treat!

  25. Patty says:

    Ok…back again…I had no idea there was such a thing as a cinnamon chip!

    Who knew?

  26. Marcia says:

    Cinnamon chips?? What??

  27. These excite me because I think I still have cinnamon chips in the cupboard and I’ll bet I can use gluten free flour.

  28. Mila says:

    Joanne, I had no idea you dad passed away so recently! I lost mine to cancer, too, almost six years ago now, and I know it’s rough and I know we don’t really know each other but here’s a big hug and lots of love to you.

  29. I think that these would make fabulous breakfast cookies! 🙂

  30. sandra says:

    I never heard of cinnamon chips. Gonna have to keep an eye out.

  31. Monet says:

    Totally breakfast worthy. I would eat these for every meal of the day! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl. Hugs and love and thoughts of peace.

  32. Beth says:

    Your cookies look wonderful. What a great combination of fall flavors!

  33. The look of these cookies remind me of some nut clusters I once tried. I bet these taste even more amazing though!

  34. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, These cookies are breakfast worthy. Pumpkin and oats sounds delicious to me. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  35. Barbara says:

    Wow! Major yum factor. You know I’m in the midst of packing for a move….I sure wish you lived next door and could keep me supplied with these! 🙂

  36. I concur, hellz to the yes these must be made! YUMMMZ. Pinning. 🙂

  37. Shannon says:

    ooh, cinnamon chips are perfect here 🙂 and i was totally crying last night watching parenthood… and i never cry at stuff like that. just hit too close to home!

  38. Uggghh chores? No thanks. I’ll do your chores for these cookies though!

  39. Anne says:

    So many pumpkin recipes, so little time! This one looks delicious!

  40. These sound delicious! And yeah, dishes are the WORST. The only reason I do them is a horror story my mom told me once, of waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes and cockroaches.

  41. Karen says:

    These are going to be made sooner rather than later – except with butterscotch chips.

  42. marie says:

    Oh, so festive, oatmeal cookies are my favorite. Is Parenthood back on? That show is great, but we have no T.V., maybe Santa will bring us one. It’s been a few years and I want one!

  43. Debbie says:

    These can serve as my breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have no problem eating them all day long. If I did that though I would have to run that marathon with you. Sending good thoughts your way Joanne…..

  44. I am officially obsessed with anything pumpkin and these seem like the perfect fall afternoon snack! Glad marathon training is going well…it was such an amazing experience last year and I know you’re going to rock it!

  45. Saguna says:

    I totally do dishes and cook with my laptop on top of my toaster oven. I’m guilty of sometimes finding flour on/in my keyboard…

    Wow, these look reward-worthy and breakfast-worthy indeed- and I’m curious about the cinnamon chips, I’ve never come across ’em before!

  46. This is definitely the perfect reward for doing the dishes! And I’m totally with you on the chore-stuff. Everything is always messy and there’s always laundry that needs to be done – it’s nonstop!

  47. I bought a cabinet thingee for the iPad so I can watch TV in the kitchen. I was afraid of it getting destroyed otherwise! Those cookies look amazing!

  48. daphne says:

    i think these cookies are perfect for any moment. Reward or not- you deserve it! I so want to dig my hands into using pumpkin in desserts!

  49. Pam says:

    I still have 4 cans of pumpkin from last Thanksgiving! These are perfect. I need to use up my cans so I can buy all new cans to hoard.

  50. That Girl says:

    I do dishes while watching tv in much the same manner. That’s what commercials are for, right?

  51. Blond Duck says:

    And I was just thinking I needed to make cookies for the neighbors who had a baby!

  52. Johanna GGG says:

    Dishes don’t always get done at our place but I understand those modern kitchens where the sink faces the living area (ie the tv). But I like the idea of a healthy cookie for a reward

  53. Mo 'Betta says:

    Congrats on your fundraising! That is so great! And these cookies….yes, please! I made something similar the other day, and they were very, very good. I may have eaten several. and chores…yuck.

  54. Julie says:

    Love pumpkin and chocolate chips. Oatmeal sounds like a great add.

  55. Lynn says:

    Cookies make everything better, I think. These look so good.

  56. Laura says:

    These look SO GOOD. I am often bugged by the texture of pumpkin baked goods. Not sure why–would I sound crazy if I said too moist? At any rate, these look perfect and oats sound perfect. And YES! to eating them for breakfast!

  57. Katie says:

    Everything’s easier to get done with a TV show on, I think. I’d eat these cookie and watch TV any day!

  58. Alisa says:

    These sound amazing. I need to figure out how to make cinnamon chips at home!

  59. Dining Alone says:

    I lost my Mom and both Grandmothers to cancer so I know how that stuff just gets to you, sometimes even creeps up on you, when you are watching TV or movies. You earned your delicious looking cookies.

  60. Tandy says:

    Breakfast here I come 🙂

  61. These looks delightful. I don’t do nearly enough baking with pumpkin puree…I need to get on this.

  62. Eileen says:

    These cookies have all the best flavors of fall. 🙂 Congrats on the fundraising–I bet you’ll reach your goal in no time

  63. teresa says:

    next to a good cry, these cookies are about as therapeutic as they come! i’ll be making them for myself next time i need a late night snack.

  64. Hotly Spiced says:

    I like a recipe that makes three dozen. That means they may not all get gobbled up in one sitting! These look perfect for school lunch boxes. Good luck with your preparation for the marathon xx

  65. I had to ask Chris to stop washing dishes tonight because I couldn’t hear the television. He told me to pause it. What did we do in the days before DVR?!

    These look SO good. Hello, breakfast and a reason to get out of bed in the morning!


  66. london bakes says:

    Such a great sounding cookie and definitely hearty enough to be eaten for breakfast or mid-morning or anytime really!

  67. I love oatmeal cookies and throw in some pumpkin??? yes! So, I downloaded and NBC stream app months ago, not knowing much about it. Are you telling me I can watch shows on my IPad???? I need to figure this stuff out.

  68. Hannah says:

    Well now you’re just playing with my heart. Those look like the perfect indulgent breakfast that I can almost pretend is healthy because it has oats and pumpkin in it. Vegan cinnamon chips have yet to be invented though (wish they would hurry up on that!) so I may just need to sub in good old chocolate. Such a tough sacrifice.

  69. Cathleen says:

    Wow, these look freaking amazing! And don’t worry, I bribe myself all the time. 😉

  70. Candace says:

    What a perfect way to use those cinnamon chips I have waiting at home for me! These look amazing. I’m so, so sorry for your loss, Joanne. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*

  71. Astra Libris says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Joanne… Sending hugs and prayers and love…

  72. love these cookies! i am totally making these as soon as those organic pumpkin puree things go on sale! and watching a show while doing dishes is actually not a bad idea… p.s. still thinking of you and am proud of you for keeping your humor in spite of everything that happened. take care friend!

  73. Reeni Pisano says:

    Love everything about these cookies! Such a lovely combo of flavors. I might need to reward myself with some! I did way too many adult-like things today.

  74. Natalie says:

    i kid you not, the laptop follows me around the house somedays while i do chores. it’s their while i do dishes, fold laundry, etc. etc….

  75. I hate when the faucet prevents you from hearing tv! I have the same problem with the vacuum .. they should really create a noiseless vacuum. These cookies look like a great reward!

  76. lil deli says:

    yes…YES! I am going to make these! will report back asap. (although i’ve just made choc chip cookies so I should probably wait a couple of days. too much temptation!)

  77. Lora says:

    The perfect fall cookie. Love the cinnamon chips. Great idea. Working on one with squash now. I live in fear of the NY style roaches as well 🙂

  78. grace says:

    and just like that, i’ve decided to accept pumpkin into my life. that is the power of cinnamon chips. 🙂

  79. Ohhhhh ok
    So this is what you meant by oatmeal-pumpkin like cookie?
    This is kind of what I’m looking for for my next pumpkin cookie adventure: will it crisp or not. lol

  80. Wow – moist. Let the fall pumpkin eating begin!!!!!!!!!

  81. Kari says:

    I am all for these cookies and all for anything that makes housework more enjoyable 🙂

  82. These sound amazing and totally breakfast worthy. And how have I never heard of cinnamon chips??

  83. Melissa says:

    Every Parenthood episode has me bawling lately! I love that show. And these definitely sound like a perfect breakfast cookie to me!

  84. Melissa says:

    Every Parenthood episode has me bawling lately! I love that show. And these definitely sound like a perfect breakfast cookie to me!

  85. Anonymous says:

    Couldn’t find cinnamon chips, so we’ll try toffee bits instead. Pumpkin praline??

  86. These are really good. Also, Just tried this with Unsweetened Applesauce and Toffee chips. Add about 1/3 cup flour to account for the consistancy of the applesauce. They are like delicious apple pie cookies!

  87. Anna K. says:

    I made a giant double batch of these a few days ago, trusting that they would be good, and they were! I love the oats:white flour ratio; makes me feel like they aren’t that bad for me. My one beef was that the cinnamon chips were surprisingly bland and kind of fake tasting. I had never used them before. I will make this recipe in the future, but I’ll probably just double the cinnamon and use white chocolate chips or, as another reviewer suggested, toffee bits! Even chocolate chips. I just didn’t dig the cinnamon chips. Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

  88. hercheyk says:

    I just stumbled on your blog this past weekend and made these cookies last night. YUM! Also, I wanted to thank you for the ways you share your grief journey with us readers. I, too, lost someone very close to me earlier this year to cancer, and the world just isn’t the same as it used to be. So many thing you say about your dad and your grief . . . I find myself nodding and tearing up, because it hits close to home . . . in a good, tender way. Thanks for your transparency.

  89. Anonymous says:

    These also make great muffins. They were a big hit at work, now I’m making them for a pitching at church.

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