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Frosted Soft Pumpkin Cookies

These soft, homemade Frosted Pumpkin Cookies are topped with a creamy spiced frosting. They are so delicious and irresistible!

When it comes to soft and fluffy cookies, these Frosted Pumpkin Cookies fit the bill! The lightly spiced cream cheese frosting really sets these off and compliments the sweet cookie so well. This is one of those cookies where folks will always want you to give them the recipe! If you want that perfect pumpkin cookie recipe this year, then you have to make a batch of these Frosted Pumpkin Cookies!

Three stacked Frosted Pumpkin Cookies with bite taken out of the top one.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why did my cookie flatten?

It’s usually because you didn’t chill your dough. This helps the cookies from spreading too much. Freezing the dough solidifies the fat in the cookies so when it is heated while baking, it melts slower and reduces spread.

How long do I need to chill my dough?

The cookie dough needs to be chilled for at least 1 hour.

Can I use just regular cream cheese frosting?

Yes absolutely! If you want to leave the spices out of the frosting you can do that. I personally love the pumpkin pie spiced frosting as it really adds to the flavor of the cookie itself.

Can I use light brown sugar?

If you are not a fan of dark brown sugar, light brown will work. It won’t be as rich in flavor but they will still taste great.

How to store pumpkin cookies?

These cookies can stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen. Freeze cookies without the frosting. To do that let your cookies cool completely and then place in a freezer container or freezer-safe bag where they will keep for up to 3 months. Let defrost at room temperature and then frost and serve.

Cookies layered on wooden platter Pinterest image.

PUMPKIN COOKIES INGREDIENTS: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • unsalted butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • dark brown sugar
  • eggs
  • pumpkin puree 
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla extract
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon 
  • nutmeg 
  • cloves
  • ginger 
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • heavy cream
Ingredients needed: unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cream cheese and heavy cream.

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN COOKIES:

To make cookies: In a large bowl, combine butter, oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until fully incorporated. 

Wet ingredients mixed together in clear bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. 

Dry ingredients whisked together in clear bowl.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix with a rubber spatula, making sure to not overmix. 

Wet and dry ingredients mixed together in bowl.

Refrigerate the dough for one hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the coating ingredients until fully combined. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and roll the dough into balls. Roll the balls evenly in the sugar and spice mixture.

Cookie dough being rolled into sugar mixture.

Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fully cooked. The tops should spring back slightly when touched.

Cookies lined up on parchment lined baking sheet.

Remove cookies from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Cookies cooling on wire rack.

To make the frosting: cream the butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Whipping until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, a cup at a time, then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and heavy cream and whip until smooth and silky.

Frosting mixed together in bowl of stand mixer.

Once cookies are cooled, frost evenly with the frosting.

To Frosted Pumpkin Cookies slightly stacked on top of eachother with more cookies in background.

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Square image of stacked Frosted Pumpkin Cookies with bite taken out of top cookie.

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

These soft, homemade Frosted Pumpkin Cookies are topped with a creamy spiced frosting. They are so delicious and irresistible!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frosed Pumpkin Cookies, Frosted Pumpkin Cookie Recipe, Pumpkin Cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill:: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 206kcal

Ingredients

Cookies:

Coating:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cloves

Frosting:

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine butter, oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until fully incorporated.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix with a rubber spatula, making sure to not overmix.
  • Refrigerate the dough for one hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the coating ingredients until fully combined.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and roll the dough into balls. Roll the balls evenly in the sugar and spice mixture.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fully cooked. The tops should spring back slightly when touched.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Whipping until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time, then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and heavy cream and whip until smooth and silky.
  • Once cookies are cooled, frost evenly with the frosting.

Notes

  • These can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • This makes a large batch but can easily be doubled or cut in half.
  • You can leave the spices out of the frosting to have a regular cream cheese frosting.
  • These can be made into sandwich cookies if you’d like.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 543IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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