Pumpkin Cookies with Buttercream Glaze

Pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin cookies

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean you have to stop savoring all your favorite pumpkin treats.  Matter of fact, this recipe could possibly work using that left over jack-o-lantern you have sitting on your porch…

Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors in the Fall.  And yes, sometimes people can go overboard with pumpkin spice everything, but I can promise you one thing:

These are the best pumpkin cookies you’ll ever taste.

Every single person I know devours them (and I know some really picky eaters!)

AND, their main ingredient is a vegetable, so that makes them kind of healthy, right?!

These pumpkin cookies are perfectly moist and just the right amount of fluffy.  They aren’t super sweet, but have the perfect blend of Fall spices to keep you coming back for more.

This recipe is adapted from the Libby’s Pumpkin company, but I’ve made a few enhancements to make them even better! So, keep on reading for the recipe!
Pumpkin cookies ingredients

Yields: Approx 36 cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15-18 mins

Pumpkin Cookie Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Glaze:

The original recipe calls for double this amount of glaze, but I always find I have tons of it leftover.  So, I’ve cut the amounts in half here and it should be enough for one batch, lightly drizzled onto cookies.  Unless you love your pumpkin cookies completely covered in glaze, then I would go ahead and double it to make sure you have enough.

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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The butter/sugar mixture–my favorite part!

While you’re gathering your ingredients you can preheat the oven to 350°F.

First, combine your dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.  Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt with a wire whisk until combined.

Next, in a large bowl beat the butter and sugar mixture together until it forms a grainy, but fluffy, paste.

Pumpkin cookies
The butter/sugar mixture with the added pumpkin, egg and vanilla

To the butter/sugar mixture add in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.  It will look pretty grainy (and almost separated)  at this point, but that’s perfectly fine, it will even out once you add the flour.

Next, gradually beat in the flour spice mixture and blend until smooth.  I usually add the flour in 3 parts to ensure I’m mixing it evenly.

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The finished dough

Once the dough is completely mixed, drop by rounded tablespoons onto well greased baking sheets.  Make sure the cookies are spread out enough, as they do plump up in the baking process.

Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes, or until they become golden brown on the edges.

I tend to bake for about 16 mins, which has worked best for me to ensure I get a nice soft cookie.  If you like a firmer cookie you can bake them for the full 18 mins, but keep an eye on them, as you can run the risk of the cookie being dry and overcooked. You’ll know they’re fully cooked when the top bounces back when touched.
Pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin cookies glaze

When they are cooked to your liking, take the pumpkin cookies out of the oven and cool them on a wire rack.

While they’re cooling, mix all the above ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl.

If the glaze turns out too thick, add a touch more milk or butter (a little bit goes a long way).  If it’s too runny, add more powdered sugar.

Allow the cookies to cool completely before you glaze them, or the glaze will melt off and not stay on the cookie (been there, done that).

Drizzle the glaze onto the cookies with a small spoon.  If you like a more precise look you can also use a pastry bag (I would advise doubling the glaze batch in this case).

Right after they’re glazed, I like to add an element of decoration to my pumpkin cookies by dusting them with festive fall sprinkles.

Make sure to sprinkle the cookies before the glaze dries completely, or they will not stick.

You can also leave some of the cookies plain with just a light glaze.  This way you won’t feel SO guilty when you eat them for breakfast.  Not that I’ve ever done that…but I just thought I’d recommend it.

These pumpkin cookies would also make a great addition to your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dessert and will give your guests all the cozy Fall feels!

Let me know if you end up trying this recipe…I may be biased, but I think it’s the best!

I’d love to hear how yours turn out, so let me know in the comments below!

Pumpkin cookies

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