Pumpkin Kiss Cookies (paleo pumpkin cookies)

This recipe is a favorite around the holidays…these paleo pumpkin cookies fit right in with the pumpkin mania that happens at the start of Fall (and for good reason). :-)

You may also enjoy my Gingerbread Kiss Cookies!

Pumpkin Kiss Cookies (paleo pumpkin cookies)


  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3.5 ounces of 72% dark chocolate


  1. In a food processor, blend dates and almond meal.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a bowl, add dates, almond meal, pumpkin puree, egg, allspice, cinnamon, baking powder, egg, and coconut flakes. Blend.
  4. On a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, use about 2 tsp of the batter to form a ball and then push down in the center to create a “nest”. Do this about 15 times.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler on low.
  7. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes. Spoon melted chocolate in the dip of each cookie. Let rest for 1 hour.
  8. Enjoy!

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  1. Does this recipe require 1 egg or 2 eggs? 1 egg is listed twice. Thanks!

  2. livinglifewithjoy says:

    I am wondering if there is a reason for egg to be listed twice and added at what looks like the same step but twice as well…

  3. marilynvalencia says:

    Looking forward to trying these!!

  4. Doesn't 72% chocolate have sugar in it? How do you get around this?

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  6. 1healthymamma says:

    Perfect! I was searching for a healthy pumpkin cookie to make with my kiddos right now.

  7. I’m a vegan, so I used 1 Tbsp of flaxmeal and 3 tsp water instead of the egg, and that worked out fine. They taste delicious!

  8. You mention no use of honey, however if you do chose to use it, would you substitute the dates or just add raw honey (~2tbs) for added sweetness? Will have to try it this week! Thanks for the yummy-looking recipe!

    • cavegirlcuisine says:

      I would probably just add honey if your want more sweetness as the dates "stick" everything together…let me know how you like it!

      • Loved it! Made these last night with the following "variations": added about 4tbsp coconut flour for thicker batter, about 1tsp honey for sweetness and pinch of cayenne pepper into the melted dark chocolate. Delicious! Definitely making these again soon! (Sadly, did not win the office cookie contest – was told by judges that they were not "sweet enough", but I know they were certainly the healthiest thing on that table with no processed sugars-yay paleo!) :-) Thank you!

        • cavegirlcuisine says:

          Yay Paleo!! Good for you for being "brave" enough to take in paleo cookies ~ <proud moment>…I love the cayenne pepper addition!!

  9. I made them without the chocolate and they are perfect just the way they are!!!!!! I don't have a food processor so I chopped up the dates and they are little bits of sweetness.

  10. Just made these cookies. I doubles everything and added an extra tablespoon of pumpkin, only chopped the dates, and omitted the chocolate. They are like eating a ball of pumpkin pie. YUMMM

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  13. What is the nutrition info on these? I'm assuming serving size is 2 cookies. Is this correct?

  14. I made 4 batches of these in the last 2 days making them exactly as you have written and they are getting rave reviews from non paleo, standard american diet eating people. My two toughest critics my husband and my dad love them. Even better they are super fast to whip up! Great Great recipe!

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