Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Fall is in the air!!  I know that I’ve been desperately clinging to the last bits of summer these past few weeks, but I’ve finally turned the corner.  And am now endlessly delighting in all of the beauty and change that is autumn.  For so many reasons (although I need to catch some zzzz’s, so those will be forthcoming), this season just deeply warms my heart.

So to celebrate, thought it would be fun to kick off the season with an “Ode to Pumpkin Week” – hooray!!  Yes, besides being a lovely fall decoration and monopolizer of gardens, this gourd-like fruit (true!) makes frequent appearances in my kitchen each fall.  Love it!  And while I’ve long been a fan of classic pumpkin pie, I’m convinced that it has stolen the pumpkin-spotlight for far too long.  So this week, will be highlighting a few of my other favorite recipes.

To begin, I recommend to you one of my favorite cookies.  I think I can safely say that, of any recipe I’ve ever made, these hands-down win the prize for “most quickly gobbled up at a party”.  It’s true — people go nuts over these cookies!  The delicious pumpkin and spices balance each other out well.  And the fun cake-like texture (which reminds me more of muffin tops than cookies) provide a different twist.  But the best part is undoubtedly the cream cheese icing on top.  :)  I know it makes everything better, but it makes these little guys divine.

So go pick up a can of Libby’s (this is one canned food not to go generic on), and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!  :)

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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

This pumpkin cookies recipe is my absolute FAVORITE. Soft spiced pumpkin cookies topped with a heavenly cream cheese frosting -- what's not to love? :)


Pumpkin Cookies Ingredients:

  • 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 (**feel free to substitute 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves**)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (1 brick) low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


To Make Pumpkin Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt until combined.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 1 minute until light and fluffy.  Add in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to butter mixture, and beat on medium-speed until just combined.  Fold in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Drop on cookie sheet by heaping tablespoonfuls, then use your fingers or a spoon to flatten then slightly.  (These cookies tend to poof up slightly rather than flatten during baking, so shape them beforehand however you'd like.  They won't rise much.)

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are cooked through and bounce back slightly if you touch them.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool until they reach room temperature.  Then frost or drizzle with cream cheese frosting.  Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla together on medium-high speed until smooth.  Gradually add in the powdered sugar until it is all combined and the frosting is smooth.  If it is too thick, add in a tablespoon or two of milk (or water) until it reaches your desired consistency.  If it is too thin, add in more powdered sugar until it reaches your desired consistency.

Adapted from All Recipes.  Updated in September 2016.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Leave a Comment:


  1. TheWoman — September 18, 2009 @ 1:23 am (#)

    Mmmmm this looks great. Even on the other side of the world where we’re (supposedly) heading into spring – these are perfect for the cooler days we’re still experiencing.

    • Salina — October 12th, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

      Just made them as I was getting tired. Of my usual pumpkin pie recipe, and wow these do not disappoint they delish.


  2. AYYYYO — September 19, 2009 @ 10:07 pm (#)

    mmmmmmm yum!

  3. me! — September 28, 2009 @ 1:44 am (#)

    i’d reccomend using more spices (no, not sure which ones..). i tasted the dough before baking and thought it seemed a little bland but for some reason thought it’d be ok after baking… the cookies are still good!! but possibly add the pumpkin pie spice as well as all the others?

  4. Tatiyana — October 6, 2009 @ 11:47 pm (#)

    These turned out fantastic! I didn’t use any cloves, but put in extra nutmeg, and that was fantastic! Also, I added more vanilla to the icing, yum!! I wanted to let you know that I am posting this recipe on my blog with the additions/subtractions I’ve made .I have also put the link back to your recipe up here too! Thanks for the yummy super delicious recipe! These were a huge hit!

  5. fran — October 14, 2009 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    I have a similar recipe except it adds nuts and min chocolate chips So good.

    • ali — October 14th, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

      Yum!!! Those are always two good add-ins. :)

  6. TeenieCakes — October 15, 2009 @ 9:02 am (#)

    These look and sound so good…gonna try them out this afternoon!

  7. Loveleigh — October 16, 2009 @ 1:08 am (#)

    Just finished icing them, they are sooo delicious! Perfect recipe!

  8. SusanneSpirit — October 19, 2009 @ 6:00 pm (#)

    I perform a musical show two days a week for truckers from all across the US and Canada, and I like to take cookies along to give drivers . . . well I love to bake, and those folks love the treat!!! But anyway, these little gems are one of the best cookies I have ever made. I used freshly baked pumpkin . . . which I prefer over canned, and it is so easy to make, and store, . . . but people were asking me to make more to send them, and they would pay me. Morsels of absolute delight!!! And, Ali, you sound just like ME!!! Your site is great, I am sure your music is as well!

  9. Flavia — October 20, 2009 @ 4:23 pm (#)

    I made these this past weekend and I LOVED them! Thank you for such a great recipe!

  10. Jen — December 15, 2009 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

    • ali — December 15th, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

      Hi Jen! I’ve found this usually makes between 35-40ish cookies. :)

  11. easy recipes — January 17, 2010 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    You’ve done a great job, and i appreciate it, thank you very much my freind. Keep the good food flowing!

  12. suzy colson — September 8, 2010 @ 10:35 am (#)

    does this recipe call for unsalted butter or salted butter?? and is the brown sugar light or dark brown sugar! these look delicious and i can’t wait to make them once i have the exact ingredients !! thanks

  13. Courtney — September 29, 2010 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    I made these last week and blogged about them today. The second time I made them, they weren’t as cutely orange because I didn’t have Libby’s. Thankfully they were still just as tasty! :)

  14. Cassie — October 17, 2010 @ 9:40 am (#)

    These are wonderful, I made them exactly as described and they turned out so moist and light. I will be making these again soon!

  15. Raisa — December 9, 2010 @ 2:00 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, greetings from Russia! :) Thank you so much for this recipe! I just baked your cookies and they are delicious!!

  16. Sarah @ a dash and a pinch — October 13, 2011 @ 8:27 am (#)

    I made these cookies last weekend. It was my first time cooking with pumpkin, and I was so happy with the result! They were fantastic, as all your recipes are :)

    I blogged about them, linking back to you of course!

  17. amy @ fearless homemaker — October 3, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    I started these yesterday + then got sleepy after a busy day, so I’m finishing the icing aspect this morning. =) so far they’re fab! Look for a pic of the final result on twitter/instagram later today! =)

  18. Maggie — October 24, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    Looking forward to making these for a party this weekend. If I make them tomorrow night and plan to serve them the next day, do you recommend storing them in the fridge due to the cream cheese frosting?


  19. Ms Mcdonald — November 27, 2015 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    I made these for thanksgiving and they were sooo good. Very moi

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29th, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that! :)

  20. Moneek M — November 28, 2015 @ 11:40 am (#)

    I made these cookies for thanksgiving and they were really good. Very moist and everyone lov

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29th, 2015 @ 10:14 am

      We’re so happy to hear they were a hit Moneek – thanks for sharing! :)


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