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

Wonderful spicy iced pumpkin cookies.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


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) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


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.
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.
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.
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 originally adapted from Gimme Some Oven

30 Responses to “Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    torviewtoronto — September 30, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    pretty and delicious cookies

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    Emily @Cleanliness — September 30, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous.

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    jana@cherryteacakes.com — September 30, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

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

    • Christina replied: — September 30th, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

      Ohhhh…a pumpkin party sounds fabulous! 🙂 Yummy!!

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    fooddreamer — October 2, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    These are so gorgeous! Congrats on top 9!

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    Shannon — October 2, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Love the recipe. Congrats on top nine!

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    Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking — October 2, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    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. 😉

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — October 2, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

    These look beautiful!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — October 4, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

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

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    mydanishkitchen — October 4, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

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

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    Tracy — October 23, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    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 replied: — October 23rd, 2010 @ 8:32 pm


      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! 🙂


      • Brooke replied: — October 22nd, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

        Freeze them! Single layer in a container till they freeze then transfer them 🙂

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    Irina — December 27, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    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.

    • Christina replied: — December 27th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

      Mmmmm…that icing sounds delicious too! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed them. 🙂 I love these pumpkin cookies!

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    Melissa — September 23, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

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

    • Christina replied: — September 25th, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you. 🙂

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    cara — October 13, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

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

    • Christina replied: — October 15th, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

      This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies. I used a tablespoon to drop the dough onto the cookie sheets. Let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

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    Kat McLauglin — December 22, 2011 @ 10:08 am

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

    • Christina replied: — December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

      I am so glad to hear that you and your friends enjoyed the cookies! Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂

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    Tiffany — October 12, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    This is still my favorite pumpkin cookie recipe. Just made them again tonight and am trying to restrain myself from eating all of them.

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    Raquel — October 16, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    These look amazing – pinning for later!

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