melty chocolate pumpkin cheesecake cookies on baking tray

Yep, these are 100% the best cookies i’ve made since the magical olive oil chocolate chip cookies were born.

Thick and chewy gluten free oatmeal cookies, spread with a thick layer of dairy free pumpkin cream cheese (!!), and finished off with a spoonful of chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt. Do I need to do any more convincing?

melty chocolate pumpkin cheesecake cookies on baking tray

The cookies are super simple to make and bake up in just 10 minutes. Don’t skip the step for letting the dough chill in the refrigerator! You’ll need to do this so that the dough isn’t super sticky.

The pumpkin cream cheese is to die for. You’ll have a little left over to save for spreading on toast, dipping fruit in, or enjoying on crackers. It’s addicting!

When you bite into these cookies it’s literally layers and layers of flavors and textures. Almost impossible to eat just one :). I’ll be bringing this to all of the upcoming holidays and gatherings— without a doubt these will be a crowd pleaser and huge bonus that they’re allergy friendly (besides nuts). I can’t wait to hear what you think! What are some other fall treats you’d love to see? let me know in the comments below!

melty chocolate pumpkin cheesecake cookies on white plates
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Gluten Free + Dairy Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert


Thick and chewy gluten free oatmeal cookies topped with a creamy layer of dairy free pumpkin “cream cheese” and finished with melty chocolate. 



for the pumpkin cream cheese:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • good pinch of sea salt

for the oatmeal cookies:

  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats (gluten free if needed)
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 tbsp almond or peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

for the chocolate topping:

  • 1/2 cup mini dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. Start by making the cookie dough. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients besides coconut sugar.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the coconut sugar, avocado oil, nut butter, and vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients, then set in refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.
  3. While the cookie dough is chilling, make the pumpkin cream cheese by blending all cream cheese ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender. set aside in a small bowl.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough from refrigerator, and scoop out about 1.5 tbsp sized cookies onto the parchment paper. Use your hands to smooth out the dough and flatten the cookies to about 1/4-1/2” thick.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cookies to completely cool, then spread pumpkin cream cheese on top of each cookie.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave or on the stovetop, stirring occasionally until a smooth chocolate sauce forms.
  7. Spoon some chocolate on each cookie, gently spreading it over the cream cheese. Sprinkle with sea salt and allow chocolate to set (optional: chill in refrigerator if you want the chocolate to harden).

Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetarian


Sep 26, 2019

Gluten Free + Dairy Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

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  1. Madeline says:

    These cookies are the best thing ever! My husband has been begging me to make them again after the first time. I even had a couple of junk food/ sugar loving friends begrudgingly admit, ‘they’re actually really good.’

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      Haha I Love this! Thank you for the note Madeline- makes me so happy you hear you love these as much as me!! 🙂

  2. Megan L says:

    If you are reading this you NEED to make these ASAP because they changed my life and they will change yours (for the better of course)!! Even though it’s not pumpkin season anymore I’m hoping to make another batch soon 🙂

  3. Christina says:

    These are INSANE! So many compliments when I made these for a group of friends. Can’t wait to make again 🙂

  4. katherine says:

    sooo good i just made these and i’m obsessed

  5. Lauren says:

    Is there a good substitute for the avocado oil in this one? I’m allergic 🙁

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