Recipe: Chocolate Pepita Cookies

We had a morning tea at work recently and I decided to get my bake on! I whipped up these chocolate pepita cookies and they weren’t down a real treat. Sweet, salty, crunchy – they cover all the bases and are seriously tasty. Plus, they are super simple to whip up – perfect!

Chocolate Pepita Cookies | I Spy Plum Pie

I slightly tweaked a recipe I found on Bon Appetit 

Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 cups pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • Sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Line a baking tray with paper and roast the pepitas for 8 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly toasted. Remove and set aside to cool
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and paprika and set aside
  4. Cream brown sugar, caster sugar and butter in a large bowl until pale and creamy
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition
  6. On a low speed, add the dry ingredients in three batches, beating well to combine
  7. Fold in the pepitas and chocolate chips
  8. Roll into roughly 1/4 cup size balls and place on lined trays, a few centimetres apart, and flatten. Sprinkle with flaked salt
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are firm but the middles are still soft
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack

Chocolate Pepita Cookies | I Spy Plum PieThese chocolate pepita cookies are seriously so good. You want them to be a bit soft and cake-like in the middle, with crispy edges, so be careful not to over bake them. The combo of dark chocolate chips, flaky salt and crunchy pepitas is so delicious. I know the addition of paprika might sound weird, but it really does work I promise!

Chocolate Pepita Cookies | I Spy Plum Pie

I particularly love that these chocolate pepita cookies are ready in a pretty short amount of time, and don’t require any fancy techniques. Perfect to whip up the night before you need to bring something to a work event for example!

Chocolate Pepita Cookies | I Spy Plum Pie

Who wants to give these chocolate pepita cookies a try?

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