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stacked pumpkin cookies with frosting on top
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5 from 20 votes

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Soft and chewy pumpkin cookies are even better with the best cream cheese frosting recipe. These are the best fall cookies!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 22 servings
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $8-10



  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter melted
  • cup (81g) pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups (217g) all purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces (113g) cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups 170g) powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place melted butter, pumpkin, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can also use a hand mixer, if you prefer. Mix until smooth, about 30 seconds. Mix in egg yolk, baking soda, salt, spices, and vanilla. Mix in flour until batter is smooth. It’ll be a soft batter. Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes until they are no longer glossy. (I like to err on the side of under baked for a gooey cookie!) Cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting: cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Frost cookies and dust with a bit of cinnamon.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 1 month.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 852IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg