Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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A classic cream cheese frosting tops pleasantly spiced pumpkin cookies. Everyone enjoys the soft, cake-like texture.—Lisa Chernetsky, Luzerne, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 125 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add pumpkin; mix well. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the frosting ingredients until light and fluffy. Frost cookies. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2010, p139

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Mollydod33 User ID: 8923883 254089
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"Delicious! Texture was delicious, fluffy and soft. My family devoured them. Instead of 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon I added 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. I also cheated and used a can of cream cheese frosting. All in all delicious. I will be making again, especially since my husband just ate them all..."

Kathyn7 User ID: 8638592 252490
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2016

"Made these with my 3 year old and 21 mo old grandsons. Took us a long time. Lol!! But my!! what a great time we had. We used the pumpkin spice in place of the cinnamon, left the walnuts out (allergies) and the cookies were AWESOME. Maybe not perfectly round and all the same size though. We printed this recipe off and will make them again. We are making small packages for them to give as gifts. Oh and we made a double batch because of all the excellent reviews. Glad we did."

sandrahigley User ID: 8132114 190996
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"These are outstanding!! We made a double batch to give to our neighbors, and ended up making 5 more batches to take to various functions and for home munching. This recipe will definitely be a new seasonal tradition at our house! The only thing I did differently was use pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon, and I added a pinch of salt to the icing."

terryfoo199 User ID: 731358 112722
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014


TamiMP User ID: 7293271 110354
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"Easy to make with grand-kids"

RoadrunnerJ23 User ID: 7432786 190965
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I really dislike the taste of pumpkin but these cookies are worth having a second bite. My only complaint is that I followed the directions to a "T" and even with extending time in the oven, they are very soft and mushy."

acooley1 User ID: 62623 192288
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"These cookies are amazing. They were easy to make and taste wonderful. I did pipe the icing on, and it worked very well. If you are thinking about making a pumpkin cookie, I really recommend this one. The cookies are soft and moist and the icing is rich and delicious. Great combo!"

carbray User ID: 6891017 106712
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"I took these cookies to work and several people asked for the recipe. Very good!!"

gordonginna User ID: 5360116 190063
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"A very light, delicate cookie. The house smells wonderful! I recommend piping the icing as the cookie tends to tear."

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