Trick or Treat: Pumpkin Ginger Cookies

ginger pumpkin cookies

Halloween to me is staying home in flannel pajamas, eating homemade treats, and watching something that’s only mildly scary. It’s been a tradition of mine since I started to feel too old for costumes (sorry costume lover), and it’s one I plan on continuing for a while.

ginger pumpkin cookie ingredients

This year is no different. On Halloween night I’m going to stay in, make Pumpkin Ginger Cookies, and watch the second season of Stranger Things on Netflix. It may not seem like much, but to me, it’s the perfect way to celebrate if you’re staying in for the night.

These Pumpkin Ginger Cookies are the perfect homemade Halloween treat. They’re easy to make, and eating just one of them will fill you up! Plus, with ingredients like dates, almond butter, pumpkin, and molasses…you know they’re gonna be good.

ingredients in food processor

ginger pumpkin cookies

cookie dough

After making these cookies in the test kitchen, Jed saved a couple for his kids, and we heard rave reviews from them too! Healthy Halloween cookies that satisfy both adults and kids! So much better than endless mini Kit Kat bars.

pumpkin ginger cookies on USA pan

pumpkin ginger cookies

cookie filling

Pumpkin Ginger Cookies

Pumpkin Ginger Cookies

Recipe from A Virtual Vegan


For the cookies:

  • 2 cups of rolled or quick oats
  • 12 dates, pitted and soaked
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons of almond butter
  • ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

For the filling:

  • ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons of almond butter
  • ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • tablespoons of maple syrup (optional, for some sweetness)


For the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F

  2. Pit the dates and put them in a bowl, then cover them with hot water. Leave for around 10 minutes then drain.

  3. Add the oats to your food processor and process until the oats turn into a flour-like consistency.

  4. Add all of the other ingredients, including the drained dates and process until a dough ball forms.

  5. Remove the blade, and take chunks of dough and roll into balls. Make the balls around the size of a walnut (there should be 16 in total)

  6. Place the rolled balls on a baking tray, pressing the top of each one down into a cookie shape with the bottom of a glass or something similar. Make them about ¼ inch thick.

  7. Bake in the preheat oven for 15-20 minutes. They should just be starting to go golden around the edges but will still feel a little soft if you poke them.

  8. Leave to cool on a cooling rack

For the filling:

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth.

  2. When the cookies are cool, add an even amount of filling to half of them then make sandwiches by placing the remaining cookies on top and squishing down gently so the filling spreads evenly.


    pumpkin ginger cookies

    pumpkin ginger cookies

    What’s your favourite homemade Halloween treat to make?

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