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Spice Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Spice Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Spice Pumpkin Cookies

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Falldebi User ID: 8945357 254950
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"Followed the recipe exactly. They were ok. I'm going to add a bit more spice next time."

Pam-3BoysMama User ID: 5611371 82895
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."

PamsKitchen User ID: 4048450 154221
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)"

jswretired User ID: 7507130 63265
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."

WRL_TALO User ID: 6954584 157562
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."

gibshoe User ID: 1900920 76889
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."

Beckys185 User ID: 5745387 139718
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"Probably won't make again. The frosting recipe didn't make enough. Could use more cinnamon."

ALauraJ User ID: 6931726 136622
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"These cookies came out great. Perfect pumpkin taste, and nice light cake-like consistency. The icing is perfect as well and hardens enough to pack the iced cookies up. I doubled the icing recipe to have enough and had a perfect amount. I also added a little cinnamon to the icing and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top instead of using nuts. These are delicious and oh so easy for a fall day of baking!"

darlenethompson User ID: 3868173 88191
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Made these cookies last week ... family loved them. My niece liked them better than pumpkin bars and her 12 year daughter asked me if I would make a batch for her Thanksgiving "feast" her class is having next month."

baristababe User ID: 6052912 155485
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"Super soft and great flavor. I did 1 1/2 of the frosting and still ran out. I sprinkled cinnamon on top instead of copped pecans."

Specialgram User ID: 3636113 82894
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Delicious!! Easy to make and a great cookie for any occasion."

kelbel520 User ID: 6341803 68946
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"The flavor of the cookies was good but, they came out a bit dry. Followed the recipe exactly. What can I do to fix this when I make them again?"

deeter18 User ID: 5291305 137747
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Our whole family enjoyed this recipe! My kids don't care for frosting, so we dipped an end of a glass into sugar and cinnamon mix and pressed the cookies before baking. Thanks for sharing!"

ambprice User ID: 497319 88190
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Very easy to make and the recipe made up quite a bit of cookies. I used a cream cheese frosting instead on my cookies and even left some without icing. Like little cakes. Yummy!"

Beccamorcos User ID: 4572649 139648
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Great cookies! I took the advice of others here and added cinnamon to the frosting and doubled it. Really good."

Marsha Plum User ID: 3161668 207807
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"I switch out the vanilla in the frosting with maple flavor instead and everyone loved them."

Wineyswife User ID: 6228043 137614
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"When pressed for time, I use a box of pumpkin bread, make it according to box directions and stiffen a bit with flour. Cream cheese frosting is awesome on this!"

Angievan User ID: 3677287 82915
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Excellent cookies! I think sha26 must have forgotten an ingredient because they are so delicious! I didn't make the frosting because they are so yummy without, they didn't even need it. Will make again for sure!"

loon55 User ID: 203868 76881
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"Made this recipe twice, first time using fresh pumpkin and second time using Butternut Squash. Also added cinnamon chips. Took them to work, they were a big hit. Will definitely make again, the frosting is awesome.


daisylight User ID: 2099212 82913
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"Made these cookies with our Hospitality class at school. They were a hit with students and staff. Soft, tender little cake-like cookies. They are excellent! We sold them by the dozens!"

sha26 User ID: 3186933 139646
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"I made these cookies for a tea party and they were HORRIBLE! I was very disappointed because a lot of ingredients got wasted. I wound up not making the frosting because the cookies tasted so bad and threw them out and made a different recipe. Is there an ingredient missing? Very bad cookies.."

belle0961 User ID: 3652720 109061
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"These are now my family's favorite cookies...and my boyfriend's as well!"

tawnim User ID: 3062057 157560
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"Very good cookies, but the frosting recipe doesn't make enough to frost the cookies as much as is shown in the picture, but they don't need much, anyway. I can't eat pecans, so I eliminated them. Next time I will add more spices and maybe add some cinnamon or nutmeg to the frosting. Maple would also be good in the frosting."

tdmcmath User ID: 4509345 82911
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Easy to mix up. Super yummy. A new fav in our house!"

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