Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Can you believe it’s been over a week since I shared a pumpkin recipe? I know, I was kind of shocked too.

But, to be honest…this isn’t a pumpkin recipe per se. It’s a pumpkin spice recipe – which is almost just as good (or better!) in my book. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies – your new favorite cookie!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies - soft sugar cookies filled with pumpkin spice and frosted with pumpkin spice frosting!

I started posting pumpkin recipes back in August, about 6 weeks ago. Since then approximately 1 billion pumpkin recipes have been shared by bloggers all over the internet.

That’s an estimation on the 1 billion. I may be off a few hundred thousand, but I think that number is close. I mean, scroll through Pinterest. Is there anything NOT pumpkin on there?

(Well, there is. Apple is a close second to pumpkin!)

So, I hate to burst your bubble and all but this recipe isn’t reallllly pumpkin. It’s pumpkin spice. Which, IMO, is better than pumpkin right now. Because these cookies?

Oh my gosh. They are TO DIE FOR. I literally ate 5 without thinking about it. And then I had to give away a bunch and throw some away (!!!) to get rid of them.

These cookies are “cover with coffee grounds in trash” cookies. Some of you get that reference. You know – when you cover food with coffee grounds so you don’t go back digging in the trash for them.

Yeah. I’m a classy gal, I’ll tell you that much!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies with pumpkin spice buttercream!

Pumpkin cookies are really good. I love adding pumpkin to recipes in the fall, but if you’ve ever baked with pumpkin you know it’s super finicky. It changes the texture and flavor of anything you substitute it in. Unlike applesauce it’s not sweetened or spiced, so you have to add just the right amount of sugar and spices to make the recipe perfect.

What I’m trying to say is I love pumpkin cookies, but I haven’t perfected my favorite recipe yet. In the meantime I wanted to share some fall-ish cookies with you so I filled them with pumpkin spices instead.

And that? Was a #win idea.

Soft and pillowy pumpkin spice sugar cookies with pumpkin spice frosting!

Pumpkin Pie Spice is another one of those enigmas to me. You can buy it in the jar or you can make it yourself using different fall spices. But every recipe I’ve found for pumpkin pie spice is different. Cinnamon and nutmeg are always there. But some have allspice, some have cloves and some have ginger. Some have a combination or none of the above.

It’s confusing. And expensive. I was going to buy all the components to make my own spice and each bottle was $6. Pumpkin Pie Spice was $6. So I bought the pie spice instead of spending and extra $27.

{I KNOW. In the long run it’s cheaper to make your own. But when my cart already has $250 of groceries, $27 is a lot.}

These cookies are my perfect sugar cookie recipe filled with pumpkin pie spice. I slightly underbaked them this time and oh my holy gosh. It’s like fall exploded when you take a bite.

Then the frosting is a basic cookie frosting but instead of just using vanilla extract, I added some more pumpkin pie spice and…

Pumpkin Spice Frosting using Pumpkin Pie Spice International Delight!

International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer! It’s baaaaaaack.

How many of you stockpile this stuff for the off season? It’s good through February. That means I can have pumpkin pie spiced coffee until Valentine’s Day!

All of the holiday flavors are out right now and I cannot get enough. SUGAR COOKIE COFFEE CREAMER. I die.

Anyway, I added a healthy dose of the pumpkin pie spice coffee creamer to the frosting in place of the milk I usually add. This added another layer of pumpkin spice flavor to the cookies.

I swear, these cookies are fall on a plate. Eating them made me want a pumpkin spice latte by a fire, rain, and soup for dinner.

Too bad it was still 90° when I made them. A girl can dream, right?

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies with pumpkin spice frosting. Fall in every bite!

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

These pumpkin spice sugar cookies are filled with pumpkin pie spice. The frosting is filled with spices and pumpkin spice coffee creamer. Combined, there is fall in every bite!


For the Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups flour

For the Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with silpat liners or parchment paper.

  2. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in egg and extract. Mix in pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly mix in flour.

  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough (use a cookie scoop if you have one) onto cookie sheets.

  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Take them out just as you notice the bottoms start to turn golden (or right before). They’ll finish cooking as they cool. If they get too golden on the bottom before you remove them, they won’t be as pillowy and soft!

  5. Cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets. Place on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

  6. Make the frosting: Beat butter until creamy with a hand or a stand mixer. Mix in salt. Slowly add in powdered sugar until mixture is crumbly. (It will be very crumbly if using a hand mixer, more smooth if using a stand mixer.) Add vanilla and 1 tablespoon creamer. Mix until the frosting comes together and becomes smooth, adding additional tablespoons of creamer as needed for consistency. Frost.

  7. Store at room temperature loosely covered. Frosting will semi-dry and cookies are stackable but some frosting may transfer.


If you can’t find the Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer, substitute milk and an extra 1/2-1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to taste.

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  1. Whenever I make one of those coffee grounds recipes, I’m both excited and dismayed. Because they’re so good, but I have to resist making them all the time! These do look great. Even in 90-degree heat!

  2. Love these! Love using pumpkin pie spice in cookies rather than actual pumpkin as the texture doesn’t get all wonky which can happen so easily when you add pumpkin puree. That may have only taken me about 99879 batches of cookies to figure out when I was writing my cookbook. LOL  I love the frosting on these. Mmmm!! And the collage! Pinned 🙂

    I put a recipe for pumpkin pie spice in my book and when I was researching it, yes, there’s a million different combos and since I’m a spice hoarder I do always have all the component spices on hand so it’s easier to DIY. Usually. Until those seasonal jars of TJs spices come out for like 1.99.  That’s hard to beat!

  3. Thank you for using pumpkin spice and not pumpkin! It can be so tricky to get the cookies just right when there is pumpkin in it! Love these sugar cookies! And the frosting – I could eat it with a spoon!! Pinned!

  4. Pumpkin spice in cookies is SO much better than pumpkin! Pumpkin makes a cakey cookies and that isn’t as good. These cookies look ag-may-zing, and I LOVE that you used creamer!! Pinned!

  5. These definitely look like they’re my new favorite cookie! I love that you added pumpkin to sugar cookies, one of my favorites! And that frosting looks amazing! Pinned!

  6. I just bought that coffee creamer yesterday!! And added it to a cake, but now I’m dying to try these cookies with it and I still have plenty left!! Pinned 🙂

  7. Those look addictive! Good idea–baking with the pumpkin spice, but not the pumpkin– the spice is what gives pumpkin desserts their trademark flavour anyway! And that frosting. Oooh, I could eat it all!

  8. Yep, I buy the premixed pumpkin pie spice as well. I have all of the ingredients to mix my own but sometimes I’m lazy, ha! And the coffee creamer is the best! I haven’t found it in my area yet but when I do, you can bet my fridge will be full of it!

  9. Oh I know what you mean about the coffee grounds. High five for class, lol. That frosting though I wouldn’t be able to part with. It looks dreamy!

  10. I am just starting to love sugar cookies, and these sound AMAZING!

  11. Oh my gosh! Spicy sugar cookies aka heaven! I haven’t baked with pumpkin yet as the shop where I can get it from is 40 minutes drive away, but when I go, I will probably buy 10 cans of pumpkin puree! That frosting looks so tempting, especially with the coffee creamer. You should come to Scotland – at the minute, it is 10 degree c ( 50 Fahrenheit), a perfect excuse to make anything fall-inspired! Pinned! x

  12. Pumpkin season is the best season I feel – spice too!

  13. looks amazing! I love pumpkin pie spice from Trader’s Joe! the frosting sounds so good..Pinned!

  14. Would you judge me if I bypassed the cookie and just ate the frosting out of the bowl with a spoon??  😉

  15. These are the prettiest pumpkin sugar cookies I’ve ever seen! Love that you used pumpkin spice instead and that pumpkin spice coffee creamer in the frosting sounds to die for!!! Hahaha props to coffee grounds:) Pinned!

  16. I’m so drooling right now! I bet these are amazing. I love the texture of them, I want one! haha. Happy Wednesday!

  17. These cookies look so perfectly soft and amazing too! I love anything related to pumpkin spice. I can definitely see why you had to get rid of these, they wouldn’t stand a chance in my house!

  18. I am going crazy over these!! I am so obsessed with pumpkin right now and now I NEED to make these this weekend. They looks so soft and fluffy!

  19. These look and sound so wonderfully, Dorothy. I love iced cookies and these look beautiful and festive – just in time for holiday baking. 🙂

  20. Wow. I want these cookies. I really want them. Your pictures of these cookies are wonderful. Off to the store to buy pumpkin spice….

  21. I’ve TOTALLY done the coffee grounds thing before too. Because I tossed out baked goodies that were sealed in a plastic bag, so it totally would’ve been safe to pull them out. But not after those coffee grounds — ick! Absolutely loving these cookies; I’d eat at least 5 in one sitting!!

  22. I just made these! The only thing I did different was add a spoon of maple syrup to the icing! These are so delicious!

  23. Icing was amazing but cookies turned out dry and didn’t spread out. I made sure the butter was softened. Any suggestions??

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