Gluten-Free Dense and Chewy Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

This is one of the best cookies I have ever had...the texture is divine and not a bit cakey!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
32 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 32 mins
12 cookies


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup shortening

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup dried cranberries, or to taste (Optional)

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 cup oat flour, or more as needed

  • ¾ cup tapioca flour, or more as needed

  • ½ cup brown rice flour, or more as needed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons guar gum

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar


  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon margarine, melted

  • 1 teaspoon soy milk, or more as needed


  1. Heat pumpkin puree in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until condensed to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Let cool, at least 10 minutes.

  2. Beat brown sugar, shortening, and white sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add the cooled pumpkin and vanilla extract; blend well. Sprinkle in oat flour, tapioca flour, brown rice flour, guar gum, cinnamon, and salt. Add cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Mix until dough is very stiff and dry; it should not stick to your hands. Add more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, if needed.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Place golf-ball size balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet. Press tops down slightly.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges just begin to turn golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool, at least 30 minutes.

  6. Mix confectioners' sugar and melted margarine together in a bowl. Add enough milk so that icing is spreadable but not runny. Dollop icing on top of the cookies.

Cook's Notes:

Feel free to replace pumpkin seeds and raisins with any of your favorite add-ins.

Use any non-dairy milk you prefer.

Lightly under-bake these, and let them cool and set out of the oven to keep the texture perfect!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
12g Fat
51g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 125mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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