Pumpkin Drop Cookies Recipe
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Pumpkin Drop Cookies Recipe

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With just a hint of pumpkin flavor and a buttery cinnamon frosting, these cakelike drop cookies are sure to be a hit at a fall gathering. Denise Smith, a field editor from Lusk, Wyoming, shared the big-batch recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:132 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 132 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 63 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in the pumpkin, eggs and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost cookies. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 11 dozen.
Originally published as Pumpkin Drop Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p4

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"These are my favorite fall holiday cookies! I make them every year. My son requested them for his birthday "cake". It makes a large batch so I freeze some of the cookies before the are frosted to save for later. If you want to use them all at once make 1-1/2 batch of frosting."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"Still my husband's favorite fall cookie! The aroma in my kitchen is heavenly. Super easy recipe with awesome, flavorful outcome...thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"I've made hundreds of these little gems for family, friends, camping trips, fundraisers... you name it. They are amazing! The perfect fall treat. I use unsalted butter in place of the shortening."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"These are so yummy! The frosting is the best part."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"These are my go-to pumpkin cookies. They are always a hit and I always get asked for the recipe."

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