Pumpkin Cookies Recipe (Pumpkin Sugar Cookies)

Pumpkin Cookies Recipe (Pumpkin Sugar Cookies)

This Pumpkin Cookies recipe has a super soft, pumpkin sugar cookie base and tops the cookie with a deliciously easy cream cheese frosting!  These easy pumpkin cookies make the perfect fall cookie!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookie

Pumpkin Cookies Recipe!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Fall around here!

Kind of…

Ok, the leaves aren’t changing quite yet, and it’s still pretty warm outside, but kids are back in school, Halloween decorations are beginning to grace storefront windows, and Instagram is jam-packed with over-filtered snaps of Pumpkin Spice Lattes (or PSLs, as the cool kids are referring to them).  So, as far as I’m concerned, we are ready to bring on the fall treats!  And what is more festive or Fall-appropriate than cookies made with pumpkin? This pumpkin cookies recipe fits the bill.

Lots of Frosted Pumpkin Cookies and a small dish of sprinkles

How to Make These Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Instead of a plain buttercream for the frosting, this delicious pumpkin cookies  recipe calls for a generous swirl of cream cheese frosting.  I add just a pinch (2 Tablespoons, actually) of brown sugar to the cream cheese frosting, which lends just a bit of extra richness, and helps keep a definitively autumnal flavor in every bite,

These pumpkin cookies are easy to make, but the dough does require at least 30 minutes of chilling in the fridge or the dough will be too sticky to roll.  If your kitchen is particularly warm it can get sticky again quickly, so don’t be afraid to return it to the fridge for extra chill time or to work in a little more flour if needed for a more roll-able dough!

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies on a white plate

Like Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

This pumpkin cookies recipe is perfect for any fall party. Loaded up with pumpkin flavor, these easy pumpkin cookies are beautifully soft and flavorful. Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to welcome the changing season.

They remind me a bit of those Lofthouse sugar cookies you can buy in the supermarket, only these have much deeper flavors of pumpkin, brown sugar, and vanilla (and of course, just a hint of pumpkin spice).

plated Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

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Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

These frosted pumpkin cookies are so soft and moist and topped with a delicious and easy frosting

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Chill 30 minutes

Total Time 32 minutes

  • Cream butter, sugars, and pumpkin puree on medium-high speed in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, until well-combined

  • Add egg and egg yolk, beating until combined. Stir in vanilla extract.

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, pumpkin spice, and salt.

  • Gradually (with mixer on medium-low speed) stir the dry mixture into the wet ingredients, pausing occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that all ingredients are well-combined.

  • Transfer dough to refrigerator and chill 30-45 minutes.

  • Shortly before the dough has finished chilling, preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

  • Remove dough from refrigerator and roll into heaping 1 ½ tablespoon-sized balls.

  • Use the (clean) bottom of a glass or measuring cup to press down until cookies are about ½” thick.

  • Place on a cookie sheet at least 2″ apart and bake at 350°F for 12-13 minutes.

  • Allow cookies to cool completely on a cookie sheet before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using an electric mixer and a large bowl), beat together cream cheese, butter, and brown sugar until well-combined.

  • Stir in vanilla extract and salt, and then scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat briefly once more to ensure all ingredients are well-combined.

  • Gradually, with mixer on low-speed, stir powdered sugar into frosting until completely combined (pausing occasionally to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl).

  • Once cookies have cooled completely, spread icing over the tops of cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles.

  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Be sure to chill the dough or the batter will be too sticky.
  • If your kitchen is warm and the dough becomes sticky while preparing, put it back into the fridge.
  • Let the cream cheese come to room temperature while you’re making the cookie dough.
  • Brown sugar dissolves fast when microwaved for about 30 seconds before adding it to the mixing bowl.

Cooled cookies can be frozen (frosted or unfrosted) in a zippered bag or an airtight container for up to 8 weeks. If frosted, separate the layers of cookies with parchment paper.

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Calories: 241 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 55mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 985IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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