Honey-Date Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
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Honey-Date Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

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Just in time for harvest, here are some delicious drop cookies, plump with dates, pumpkins and nuts. The old-fashioned cream cheese frosting will remind you of Grandma’s kitchen.—Eunice Stoen, Decorah, IA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 110 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in honey and egg. Add pumpkin and milk; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the dates, pecans and poppy seeds.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cream and vanilla until smooth. Frost cookies. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Honey-Date Pumpkin Cookies in Country Woman October/November 2009, p41

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vicnmary45 User ID: 3480504 157255
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Wow, these are soooo good. I took a batch to work and everyone wanted the recipe, I've made them with and without frosting and they are really great both ways. This recipe is a keeper."

ruester User ID: 1389713 173676
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"My 86 yr old father declared them his new favorite cookie! I omitted the poppy seeds and the frosting and they are wonderful."

marlenemonaco User ID: 4587324 209888
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009


marlenemonaco User ID: 4587324 113541
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"Best cookie ever - but I omitted the poppy seeds

my family loves it"

abbysue User ID: 4186587 161862
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"This recipe was great. I made it and took it to work and they were gone in a flash and I made a double batch because I didn't want to waste the pumpkin. I will be making these again this fall."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 157164
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"I added some cinnamon to my frosting, part of my first football party of the season, was a great hit - didn't even get to try one, but lots of compliments - so will be making more of these for sure."

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