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Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Collagen Cookies

Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Collagen Cookies

I didn’t realize that baking cookies would be this fun! I always made cookies with my grandmother around the holidays, and I swear I am going to break out her recipe box and make a few to share with all of you soon. I have to give myself credit for not giving up entirely when my first batch failed miserably. They were raw inside, and lacked flavor. I added way too much liquid, and they didn’t bake. Plus, I think I forgot to measure the pumpkin spice so there wasn’t enough to spread across the batter. I’m very stubborn when it comes to cooking and baking, but with cooking I am usually pretty good when it comes to visualizing recipes and having them come to fruition. Baking on the other hand is a whole different ball game. Needless to say, these cookies were a homerun (trying to stick to the ball game analogies apparently…)

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As I type, I have a cookie resting against my “mama bear” coffee mug, so clearly these don’t suck. What I love about this recipe is not just the flavor, but the feeling I get when I eat them. They made my entire house smell like a fall-scented candle, which reminded me of what life is like outside of a pandemic. I think sometimes we forget about silver linings, and the small moments each day brings. I didn’t get to see family this Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (plus, my birthday is always around Turkey Day). Everyday I try and recite gratitudes: I’m grateful for my health, I’m grateful for my family, I’m grateful for my love of cooking, I’m grateful for my career in special education… the list goes from large gratitudes to simple things like “I’m grateful that I can go grocery shopping” or “I’m grateful for the ability to breastfeed my son.” These little things bring me joy, and I know that there’s a light at the end of this gruesome, macaab tunnel, we just have to look in the right direction. Anyway, these cookies are amazing and you should make them!

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I love baking with collagen peptides because we need collagen, which is why it is super important to make sure we are getting our nutrients from fruits, vegetables, quality meats, healthy fats, etc. Vital Proteins is my go-to when it comes to collagen and I only use one scoop for my batter, and I always add a scoop to my coffee – it blends really well and it is tasteless, so double win! I also didn’t use any white sugar, only one cup of dark brown sugar (this also makes the cookie really chewy and soft). Last, a different swap instead of butter, I used Organic Valley ghee. I actually tried ghee a few years ago and was not impressed, but I started using it a few months ago and baking with it makes these cookies so moist, I think this will be my new trick moving forward with cookies!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I love using Thrive Market AP flour!)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (I use primal palate blend)
  • 1 scoop of Vital Protein collagen peptides
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup ghee, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375*. Using your method of choice, whisk/mix together the ghee and the brown sugar. Next, add in the maple syrup and pumpkin. Whisk to combine. Add the vanilla extract and egg; whisk again until the egg is fully incorporated. Set the batter aside.

Pour the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and collagen peptides into a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time, whisking continuously. Last, add the chocolate chips in and mix once more. Scoop the batter onto a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes. Trust me when I say you’re going to love baking these, not just for the cookie itself, but for the feeling you get when your home smells THIS good. Enjoy!

Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Collagen Cookies

Pumpkin and dark chocolate combine to create this epic cookie! Packed with collagen peptides, perfectly sweetened with maple syrup, and moist and chewy (thanks to the ghee), this is a holiday cookie to make 365 days a year!

Course Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine comfort food, Cookies
Keyword chewy cookie, collagen, cookies, dark chocolate, ghee, holiday cookie, pumpkin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author nomastehungry


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup ghee melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°

  2. Whisk together the ghee with the brown sugar. Add in maple syrup and pumpkin and whisk.

  3. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, collagen, and pumpkin spice together. Add the flour to the wet ingredients little by little, add in chocolate chips.

  5. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto a baking sheet, if the scoop is small, so a double scoop per cookie.  Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until the center is soft and the sides are crisp and golden brown.

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