Easy Pumpkin Cookies

This Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe is the perfect fall treat! Topped with creamy maple frosting and so delicious, you’re family will love them!

This Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe is the perfect fall treat! Topped with creamy maple frosting and so delicious, you're family will love them! #easycookierecipe #pumpkinrecipes #fallbaking #pumpkincookies

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

I don’t know about you, but as soon as September hits, I’m on a hunt for all things pumpkin. Pumpkin coffee drinks, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin and apples are the official foods of Fall in my world. Who cares that it may still feel like summer outside in some areas? I’m calling it Fall, and I’m getting busy in the kitchen whipping up delicious pumpkin treats!

These easy pumpkin cookies with maple frosting are one of those pumpkin treats that I was telling you about. They are a simple, cake-like cookie that can be dressed up with a maple cream cheese icing or eaten on their own. My son prefers them plain. My daughter prefers them with the icing. I personally like them both ways.

–Looking for a healthier alternative your kids will love? Try these Fruit Filled Pumpkin Bites Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger

Maple Cream Cheese Icing

  • block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup real maple syrup

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

How to make easy pumpkin cookies from scratch:

Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and mix with wet ingredients.

Scoop by spoonfuls onto a baking stone. Flatten with your fingers. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Let cool.

Once cooled, you have the option of adding the cream cheese icing.

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

For the icing, beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and maple syrup. Taste, and if desired, add powdered sugar by the spoonfuls until you get the sweetness and stiffness you desire.

The icing is not super sweet, but that’s how I like it. If you desire a sweeter and stiffer cream cheese icing, feel free to add some powdered sugar to the cream cheese and butter after it has whipped.

Print this Simple Pumpkin Cookie Recipe below!

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

These delicious cookies are perfect for the fall season. So soft with a delicious maple frosting.

Keyword Easy Pumpkin Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar. 

  2. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. 

  3. Combine dry ingredients and mix with wet ingredients. 

  4. Scoop by spoonfuls onto a baking stone. Flatten with fingers. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. 

  5. Let cool. Once cooled, you have the option of adding the cream cheese icing.

  6. For the icing, beat together cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and maple syrup. Taste, and if desired, add powdered sugar by the spoonfuls until you get the sweetness and stiffness you desire.

Now let’s celebrate the changing of the seasons by using more pumpkin! Try these:

Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Fruit Filled Pumpkin Bites Recipe
Pumpkin Zucchini Bread Recipe
Eggless Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Pumpkin Cake, Bread, or Muffins
Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake


Do you prefer these cookies with or without frosting? What is your favorite fall treat?

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This Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in September 2014. It has been updated as of September 2019.

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27 Comments

  1. Visiting from “Busy Monday.” YUM! I have cans or pumpkin just waiting in my pantry for this. Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. I want to tell you how much i enjoy finding your blog in my email. I am 56yrs. old and love to find recipes that take me back to when my mom and i would bake and cook together. Thanks for all you send to me

  3. These look so good! I am loving anything and everything pumpkin flavored at the moment, so these are right up my alley. plus, who doesn’t love a little frosting?!? Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. Stopping in from the link up today πŸ™‚

  4. These look super easy and delicious. Glad you shared over on the Home Work Link Up! I will be sure to follow!

    xoxo
    Ashley

  5. Hi, these sound great. In Australia we don’t really us pumpkin in sweet things as much, but I have some left over from last season that need to be used, so I think I’ll give this recipe a go. Thanks so much. Blessings

  6. You had me with the word “EASY”! I have a linky today for recipes won’t you share your pumpkin cookies with my readers too? Thanks and have a great weekend.

  7. I have to confess, baking is not my best skill! I’m a great cook, but I tend to burn cookies. But these look so good, I might have to throw caution to the wind and give them a go! :)Adrienne

  8. I made these last night and they came out more like cake, they were not a cookie form in anyway except shape. They were extremely fluffy and like a cupcake not cookies. Did I do something wrong? I followed it exactly

  9. Hi, I made a batch of these cookies today and they seem dry. I still have more mix left. Is there anything you recommend I can add to the mixture so they can be moist? Thanks:)

  10. I used to buy pumpkin cookies like these in the grocery store and every year and then they stopped carrying them. I am very happy to have a recipe for these cookies. I’ve pinned and will try making them soon.

  11. My kids and I love pumpkin cookies, this is a must try recipe. Thanks for joining this weeks Tasty Tuesday, I can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  12. There is nothing better then the smell of pumpkin throughout the house and the scent of cinnamon. Great cookies for this time of the year.

  13. I can’t wait to have one or two of your awesome Pumpkin Cookies! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen