Pumpkin Cookie Recipe – Culinary Hill

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This Pumpkin Cookie Recipe is made with pumpkin puree (fresh or canned), pumpkin spice, and a delicious brown butter frosting.

Three plates of frosted pumpkin cookies.

 

Whether you’re between sips of a Pumpkin Spice Latte or just about to dive into pumpkin season, these tiny cookies are a great idea for fall.

The cookies are small in size so they’re perfect for second helpings or fall gift-giving. You’ll love the sweet, nutty brown-butter frosting and the soft, chewy texture beneath it.

Ingredients

Labeled ingredients for pumpkin cookies.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Pumpkin pie spice: If you don’t have the blend on hand already, make your own by whisking together 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon EACH ground cloves, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger.
  • Pumpkin pureé: Canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) is convenient for this recipe. If you want to make your own pureé, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut your pumpkin in half and remove all seeds and fibrous strings. Cut each half into 2 or 3 pieces, then roast until tender, 60 to 90 minutes. Cool completely, then scoop out the pumpkin flesh from the skin. Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Finally, drain over cheesecloth or paper towels to remove excess water.
  • Cinnamon sugar topping: Whisk together ¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon until blended.

Step-by-step instructions

To make the cookies:

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the top middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer by hand, cream the butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Continue mixing until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Batter for pumpkin cookies before pumpkin is added.
  1. With the mixer still running, add the eggs, vanilla extract, and pumpkin. Mix until the ingredients are uniformly combined. Add 1 cup of flour at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl. If you cannot fit all the flour in your standing mixer bowl, stir in any remaining flour by hand.
Batter for pumpkin cookies.
  1. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter onto ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
Pumpkin cookies on a baking sheet before being baked.
  1. Bake until the tops have set but the cookies are still soft, about 10 to 12 minutes per sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
Pumpkin cookies on a baking sheet.

To make the frosting:

  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until the foaming subsides. Continue to heat the butter until it turns light brown in color, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
Melted butter in a clear bowl.
  1. Add brown sugar, milk, and vanilla and powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth.
Frosting for pumpkin cookies.
  1. Frost the cooled cookies with 1 to 2 teaspoons of frosting each. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar if desired.
Pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 60 (2-inch) cookies.
  • Storage: Store extra cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or 2 months in the refrigerator. If you live in a cold climate, store them on a patio or in a chilly garage for an even longer shelf-life.
  • Make ahead: The cookie dough can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Freezer: Cooled cookies can be stored in freeze-safe bags, labeled, dated, and frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw at room temperature.
Pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store pumpkin cookies?

These chewy pumpkin cookies should be stored in airtight container. Since these cookies are frosted, prevent them from sticking by layering wax paper or parchment paper between rows of cookies.

Are canned pumpkin and pumpkin purée the same thing?

Yes, canned pumpkin and pumpkin purée are the same thing. Pumpkin pie filling, however, is a complete different pumpkin product that is sweetened and has added spices. It should not be used when canned pumpkin or pumpkin purée is called for in a recipe.

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This easy pumpkin cookie recipe is made with pumpkin puree (fresh or canned), pumpkin spice, and a delicious brown butter frosting.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 50 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Servings 60 cookies

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Calories 154

To make the cookies:

  • Adjust an oven rack to the top middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment, or with an electric mixer by hand, cream the butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Continue mixing until all the ingredients have been incorporated, scraping down the sides as necessary.

  • With the mixer still running, add the eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix until the ingredients are uniformly combined. Add 1 cup of flour at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl. If you cannot fit all the flour in your standing mixer bowl, stir in any remaining flour by hand.

  • Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until the tops have set but the cookies are still soft, about 10 to 12 minutes per sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  • Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until the foaming subsides. Continue to heat the butter until it turns light brown in color, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.

  • Add brown sugar, milk, and vanilla and powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth. Frost the cooled cookies with 1 to 2 teaspoons of frosting each. Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar if desired.

  1. Pumpkin pie spice: If you don’t have the blend on hand already, make your own by whisking together 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon EACH ground cloves, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger.
  2. Pumpkin purée: Canned pumpkin pureé (not pumpkin pie filling) is convenient for this recipe. If you want to make your own pureé, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut your pumpkin in half and remove all seeds and fibrous strings. Cut each half into 2 or 3 pieces, then roast until tender, 60 to 90 minutes. Cool completely, then scoop out the pumpkin flesh from the skin. Blend in a food processor blender until smooth. Finally, drain over cheesecloth or paper towels to remove excess water.
  3. Cinnamon sugar topping: Whisk together ¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon until blended.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 60 (2-inch) cookies.
  5. Storage: Store extra cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or 2 months in the refrigerator. If you live in a cold climate, store them on a patio or in a chilly garage for an even longer shelf-life.
  6. Make ahead: The cookie dough can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
  7. Freezer: Cooled cookies can be stored in freeze-safe bags, labeled, dated, and frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw at room temperature.

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 160mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 249IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg


Meggan Hill is a classically-trained chef and professional writer. Her meticulously-tested recipes and detailed tutorials bring confidence and success to home cooks everywhere. Meggan has been featured on NPR, HuffPost, FoxNews, LA Times, and more.




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