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five frosted pumpkin cookies set on a white background
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5 from 4 votes


These cakey Soft Pumpkin Cookies are warmly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, frosted with a homemade cream cheese frosting, and dusted with additional cinnamon for a decorative finish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, pumpkin spice cookies, thanksgiving desserts
Servings: 50 Cookies
Calories: 203kcal




  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ground cinnamon, for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat 2 cups butter with an electric mixer set on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until combined.
  • Beat in pumpkin.
  • Add the flour slowly until combined. Dough will be wet.
  • Drop dough by the tablespoon onto previously prepared baking sheets, two inches apart.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until tops are set.
  • Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
  • While the cookies cool, beat all of the frosting ingredients in a separate bowl until soft and whipped.
  • Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Serve, or store in airtight containers and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days. 


TO FREEZE: Place the cooled cookies on a tray and put them in the freezer until frozen solid. Then, transfer the frozen cookies into airtight containers. Store the cookies in layers, with a piece of wax paper or parchment between each layer to keep them from sticking together.
Recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1678IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg