Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall is in full swing and so is my fall baking and cooking! 🙂 In case you haven’t noticed, I love pumpkin anything! I have so many amazing pumpkin recipes that I am so excited to share. These cookies are always a hit no matter where I take them. They are not only great for fall, but they are also a wonderful choice to include in your holiday cookie recipes. Delicious soft cookies are spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and drizzled with a cream cheese frosting. While these cookies were baking it reminded me why I love this season so much. The intoxicating smell coming from the oven filled the air with scents of fall. These cake-like soft cookies are the perfect way to welcome fall!

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Stir in the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture by hand until just combined. Drop on prepared baking sheets by heaping tablespoonfuls; Butter the bottom of a drinking glass and then dip the bottom of the glass in a bowl of sugar. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of the glass until they are about ¾ inch thick, dipping the glass in sugar as necessary to prevent sticking.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies on wire rack. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost or drizzle with cream cheese frosting.
  4. While the cookies are cooling make frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and pumpkin pie spice and beat until smooth and creamy.

Source: adapted from allrecipes.com and Gimme Some Oven

This post was featured on the Foodbuzz Top 9!

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28 Responses to Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. pretty and delicious cookies

  2. mmm. this might have to happen for my pumpkin party on sunday!

  3. fooddreamer says:

    These are so gorgeous! Congrats on top 9!

  4. Shannon says:

    Love the recipe. Congrats on top nine!

  5. Halloween is coming right up and I haven’t even started baking cookies yet. But – I just got some new inspiration reading your post. Thanks! I’m gonna start baking right away. 😉

  6. This is my favorite time of year, when everyone dusts off the pumpkin recipes!!! Yay for Fall 🙂
    Looks delicious :)!

  7. Lots of great pumpkin recipes on your site, love it.

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  9. Tracy says:

    I used this recipe to make cookies with chocolate chips and cookies with frosting (as you illustrated).
    Everyone loved them but, my question is how do you store them. There were so moist, they were sticky and the second I put them in a ziploc or covered them in anyway, they got even stickier.
    Any suggestions?

    • Christina says:


      I am so glad that everyone loved them! They were a hit with my friends and family too! With most of my baked goods that have a high moisture content I do not put them in air tight containers. I cover the cookies loosely with wax paper and leave them on the counter. Thanks for the question, I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes. Thanks for following! 🙂


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  11. Irina says:

    I made these cookies for Halloween and everyone LOVED them. As a matter of fact on Christmas day, my brother in law was disappointed I didn’t make more of them along with madelines and gingerbread I baked. The only thing I did different was the icing, I was out of creem cheese, so I made a powdered sugar icing with a little bit of cinnamon.

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  14. Melissa says:

    I just made these cookies and they were amazing! Thank you for sharing!!! :]

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  17. cara says:

    how many did this batch make? and what was the tool used to dollop the dough on the cookie sheet?

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  19. Kat McLauglin says:

    Thank you for your delicious recipe of pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. I had 7 of my friends wanting this recipe.

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