Pumpkin Cookies

When the first day of fall came around I cleaned my grocery store out of canned pumpkin. I've been anxiously waiting for this season purely for that reason; pumpkin everything!

These cookies are the first in a series of pumpkin-inspired recipes that I have been dying to make.

On the "to bake" list this year is pumpkin cheesecake, quick bread, pie and muffins and the first to cross off the list are pumpkin cookies. I made these cookies for the first time last year and they are the absolute best!

These are a soft and cake-like textured cookie mixed with seasonal spices. Load the cookies with the cream cheese icing and you'll find it perfectly compliments the earthy pumpkin flavor.

Needless to say, these cookies are pumptastic and a perfect way to start start your fall baking. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cookies
Adapted from: Joy of Baking


2 cups all purpose   flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil or corn oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces room temperature cream cheese, regular of low fat
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325°F and place oven rack in the center of the oven. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and smooth (about 2 minutes).  Beat in the oil, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Using 1/4 cup of batter place small mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing about 5 cm apart.

Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean (I took mine out at 12 minutes). Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter until soft and creamy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla until the frosting is soft and creamy.


  1. Those cookies look so good! I just made cookies like that except they weren't pumpkin.

  2. Ohhh yum! I love fall! Cookies and bread and soups, etc.! Yum, yum, yum!


  3. awe this bring back memories - last year i was making a no-bake pumpkin recipie with my kids (i was teaching then, special ed) .. i miss my kiddos!

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  4. Mary these look wonderful. Kinda like mini cheesecakes in reverse. Love them!


  5. It is certainly that time of year! Looks yummy!

  6. yum!!!! im so excited to start baking with pumpkin!! Ive been waiting for this season!


  7. Yay! So glad pumpkin time is here. As will my sister be - she who loves pumpkin anything - when I pass this recipe along to her.

  8. These look amazing! I want to eat one right now! I love pumpkin and will definitely be trying these. Now only if my supermarket would restock on pumpkin! This shortage will not bode well for me...

  9. Oh my god, these cookies look divine! I'm glad I found another pumpkin lover ;)

  10. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! We posted the same cookie on the same day! Great minds think alike :)

  11. Delicious! I just heard about a recipe for pumpkin muffins, just add a can of pumpkin to spice cake mix and bake! Yours look a million times better, though! XX!

  12. Oh my! These look heavenly. They are my two favorite things in the world (pumpkin and frosting). I must try.

    xo M

  13. I'm so glad there's not a pumpkin shortage this year (but I did the same thing and cleaned out the shelf at the store too!)

    These cookies look delicious. I've always loved pumpkin cookies.

  14. Pumpkin cookies look amazing, I love this time of the year as well. When I go back to the market, more pumpkin is def. on my list!

  15. the icing on top takes them to a whole notha level of deliciousness!!! AMAZING!!

  16. wow cookies and icing... yum! this looks delicious!

  17. those cookies look absolutely amazing! I might just have to consider making them!


  18. Yummmmmmm, darling!
    Thanks for the recipe!


  19. oh these look delicious - I will definitelhy make them


  20. I am a lover of anything pumkin!!! these look super delish and soo perfect for fall!!

    xox Vicky
    Bikinis & Passports


    thanks for sharing!


  22. I actually need a great go-to pumpkin cookie recipe! Considering I love pumpkin anything, I'm sure I'll love these little beauties!

  23. oh, yummy! you're right, this would be a great way to kick off fall baking. and anything with a cream cheese icing is usually to die for. looks wonderful!

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  25. oh myy.. i love pumpkin everything!

    this looks like a must try for me ;)

  26. Too funny! I just made my seasonal pumpkin chip cookies for this Friday's Foodie post. Don't you just love being able to cook with pumpking when fall comes around? I know that I can cook with it year round, but never really do. These look delicious, thanks for sharing. :)

  27. Mary..I've been looking forward to making these types of cookies for a while. Now, after having seen yours...I just can't wait to get these baked...mmmum.

    Ciao for now,

  28. These looks delicous! I'm so excited for pumpkin season too!! One of my favorite fall flavors :)

  29. I love pumpkin and these look so good :)

  30. Not only do they look yummy, but they're kinda healthy with the pumpkin, right? Glad we found each other in the blogosphere :)

  31. Pumpkin is my favorite fall ingredient! I'm hoping to make cheesecake this year too. These cookies look like the perfect way to kick off pumpkin season!

  32. girl I would looooove these. i want one right now. I have to try these for fall. You rock at desserts babe!

  33. Mmm, these look yummy. :)


  34. Canned pumpkin is on my grocery list today. Generally, I just use fresh pumpkin for spiced pumpkin balls and the pureed for most everything else. This looks like a delicious recipe that would make the cookie lovers around here very happy!

    Thanks for stopping by!


  35. haha and yes you have!! I die over pumpkins..I think I might have to make pumpkin cookies later today. I still have not gotten my pumpkin fix!

  36. made em! so yummy! Great pics too :)

  37. delicious! love all the spices you used...mmmm beautiful fall :)

  38. The same as businessman. No matter in west countries or Asia, it seems a trading looses.


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