Spice Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
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Spice Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

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These soft cookies are almost like little pieces of cake. With chopped pecans sprinkled over a confectioners’ sugar frosting, they’re a pretty addition to a dessert table. —Bev Martin, Hardin, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:84 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 84 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 86 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla and enough water to achieve frosting consistency. Frost cookies; sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 7 dozen.
Originally published as Pumpkin Spice Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p138

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"These were very tasty as written, though I did double the icing as suggested. I might add a little cinnamon the next time."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"My family loves these! Every Thanksgiving they're the first dessert to vanish! :) (Tip: Don't judge the cookie until you've topped it with the icing. It makes all the difference. They compliment each other)"

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"I was disappointed in these cookies. They had very little taste; certainly not a bit pumpkin pie! spice ! I even added extra pumpkin pie spice. They did turn out light, not a bit heavy but the taste was disappointing."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"I really liked how these cookies came out. I added a tbsp of ground cinnamon to the mix and instead of frosting I dipped the tops of the warm cookies into a homemade glaze. Yummy."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"Delicious! I doubled the frosting recipe and it came out just right. I also added cinnamon like other reviewers suggested. Easy and tastes like a bakery in town."

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