Iced Pumpkin Cookies

four iced pumpkin cookies.

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Soft pumpkin cookies topped with cream cheese frosting are full of fall spices. Plus, this no-chill pumpkin cookie recipe is ready in less than an hour.



For the Cookies

  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

 For the Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 (8-oz) box cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 


Make the Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well mixed. If using a stand mixer, make sure to use the paddle attachment.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda.  Mix just until combined – you don’t want to overmix.
  5. Scoop out 1” balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure to place them at least 2” apart. Press each of the cookies down gently to flatten it.
  6. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the center is set, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool while you make the icing.

 Make the Icing

  1. Beat the softened cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. With the mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar (about ¼ cup at a time).
  3. When the sugar has been fully incorporated, add the vanilla and mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Frost each of the cookies with 1 tablespoon of icing and top with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if desired.
  5. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 


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