Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

I love baking and decorating sugar cookies this time of year! From Halloween until Valentines Day the amount of cutout sugar cookies to leave my kitchen is mind-blowing. I have so many themed cookie cutters, sprinkles, decorating bags and tips that it would make your head spin. Cutout cookies are so festive and always a welcome addition to any get together. A few weekends ago as I was making some jack o’lanterns with my favorite Sugar Cookie Cutout recipe, I couldn’t help but think of how great a pumpkin shaped cutout cookie would taste if it actually tasted like pumpkin! That was exactly how this recipe was born. I found that pumpkin puree made the cookies too wet and cake like, so after ditching the idea of using real pumpkin, I added some pumpkin pie spice and hit the jackpot! These pumpkin spice sugar cutout cookies are delicious and so fun to decorate for fall. As much as I love to decorate with Royal Icing, I know that many people do not enjoy the taste and texture of it. So I decided to decorate with an icing that hardens beautifully for decorating (but not as hard as royal icing) and tastes great!

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

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For the Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and vanilla; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Shape into a disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from refrigerator onto a lightly floured surface. Let dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookies, placing on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place baking sheet with cookies on them in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before baking.
  6. Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes until edges are just ready to turn the slightest bit light brown. Cool on a wire rack before decorating.
  8. To make the icing, in a saucepan over medium heat, heat cream and butter until butter is melted. Stir in the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Remove from heat, and beat with an electric mixer until thick and smooth.
  9. The icing sets up very quickly, so when you are decorating if you find that it becomes hard to work with, place in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and it will re-soften and be smooth again. Alternately, you can place the icing in a heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water to keep it smooth.

Yields: about 2 dozen cookies

Source: cookies adapted from Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies, icing adapted from Allrecipes

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27 Responses to Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

  1. Amy says:

    These are so cute! I bet you could make a yummy version with pumpkin flavored cookies too 🙂

  2. alli says:

    Oh my goodness not only are these beyond festive but, the pumpkin pie spice (my favorite) takes these over the top. I wish I could make sugar cookies that looked and tasted like those pumpkins.

  3. Erin says:

    Those are really perfect. I like that you added pumpkin pie spice to the cookies.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Well done, Christina! These look great and I bet they taste good, too.

  5. Ha, I think hubs took a bite. They look great.

  6. kat says:

    Oh my goodness, those are the most cutest pumpkin cookies I’ve seen! I can totally imagine my bf loving these 🙂

  7. Caroline says:

    I love decorating cookies as well during the holiday seasons. These are absolutely adorable, Christina!

  8. Liz says:

    These are darling! My kids love iced sugar cookies…I’ll have to work these in to my October treats 🙂

  9. Byn says:

    just added these to my halloween baking list! they are too cute!

  10. Curt says:

    Always fun decorating. I do tend to get carried away though!

  11. Baker Street says:

    Aww.. they are soo cute! And I bet they taste delicious!

  12. T.F.Walsh says:

    Ohh these look delicious… I actually made some chocolate pumpkin shaped cookies the other night for a tea party at work… went down a treat:)

  13. jennknee says:

    These are such lovely little things! and so creative with the pumpkin!

  14. Great cookies for Halloween!

  15. The Teenage Taste says:

    These cookies are the cutest things ever! I cannot believe how good they look – I wish I had such a steady hand with the icing bag! 😛

  16. These are so cute! You make decorating cookies seem easy, I’m usually veryyyy intimidated. I’m also in love with the idea of spicing up a basic sugar cookie. YUM

  17. Beautiful cookies! And the pumpkin pie spice sounds perfect. 🙂

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  19. Those look so festive! I love the addition of the pumpkin pie spice!

  20. ali says:

    I’ll add this to my Halloween must make, look so cute and delicious. Where did you get such a recipe? love the photos. ,

  21. J.Nelson says:

    Too cute, I can’t wait to get my Halloween baking on!


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  24. Andrea says:

    these look amazing and exactly what I was looking for (I have been on a pumpkin kick since the begining of Oct) now if I can just find Apple spice sugar cookies… hmmmm

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