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Frosted Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

These family-favorite pumpkin cookies taste so good, it's hard to eat just one! They freeze and travel well, especially if you let the icing completely dry, then layer the cookies between sheets of waxed paper. —Leona Luttrell, Sarasota, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:39 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans and dates.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until firm.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for frosting, combine the butter, brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring and vanilla.
  • 4. Cool slightly; beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency. Remove cookies to wire racks; frost while warm. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 249 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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margamouse User ID: 6083852 89437
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"I made these with gluten free flour and everyone loves them. Going to try and freeze them to see how that works out. Didn't have the dates or nuts so I made them without. Didn't have maple flavoring but tastes amazing with just pure vanilla extract.

I took some to the neighbor and she couldn't stop raving about them."

Donnaah User ID: 6467352 89436
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"I had difficulty with the frosting. It set too quickly. I think 3 minutes is to long to boil the brown sugar/butter mixture. The consistency is similar to fudge. It does have a nice flavor."

ljjustice User ID: 4855452 136847
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"The first time I made these I halved the recipe thinking I didn't need that many cookies. BAD IDEA! The next day I made the full recipe and wished I had doubled it. I took some to work and they disappeared immediately with rave reviews. I sent some to work with hubby for his employees and had several send compliments galore! I've been making double recipes of these ever since. I ship them off as gifts and have requests from folks to "never be removed from the cookie list". They are the best cookie EVER even for those who don't care for pumpkin!"

jimkaren2002 User ID: 6156553 205297
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"This is a very tasty cookie a tad to much lard for me.. But still like them alot.."

b4hb User ID: 6385362 132763
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"No sticking problems. something is missing. did you forget an ingredient. there are no eggs."

cherstad User ID: 2390261 66183
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"These were fabulous! Just the right amount of spice in the cookie, and the caramel frosting was buttery and rich. However, I did have to make a few adjustments along the way. I baked a couple test cookies first, and found that these spread very little. So in subsequent batches, I flattened the cookies slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. I found that I did not need to bake them as long as indicated in the recipe. 11 minutes did the trick in my oven. The frosting was initially too dry and thick, but I just added a couple tablespoons of milk to thin it out. The end result was one of the best cookies I've ever tried!"

mrsbates User ID: 4360159 89433
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I was looking for a recipe that would outdo my current pumpkin cookie recipe. This just wasn't it. I ended up greasing my pans and turning the tempurature down to 325 degrees. The first batch stuck badly to the pan and the bottoms were way too dark (almost burnt). I agree with some of the latter comments about the icing. I ended up making a homemade vanilla frosting in which I added a little cinnamon to in order to meld the flavors together. The overall texture of the cookie, however, was very nice."

repooc1 User ID: 4297120 114208
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"I would not boil the frosting ingr for 3 min. my frosting was almost to hard ball stage and would be more careful of how much pd sugar I added. frosting set up too hard on the cookies and much too sweet. I will make them again and modify my frosting a little. also I added nuts and raisens instead of dates"

S.L.F. User ID: 1590323 120984
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"Sorry I have not made these yet, but rated it high because every recipe I have tried from TOH has been excellent. I have a question. When it says to frost while warm, does that mean while the cookies are warm, or the frosting? Thank you."

[email protected] User ID: 1402460 60863
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"These cookies were very bland even after I added some pumpkin pie spice after tasting a warm cookie.I prefer a recipe that has eggs in it as they are lighter. I will keep the frosting recipe as it has a sweet maple flavor for other baked goods"

nicestofthedamned User ID: 1963192 45553
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"Where I live you can't find a pumpkin cookie that isn't loaded with chocolate chips and I've always wished someone would make a cookie with nuts and raisins. Seems I was going to have to do it myself and I must say, this recipe is awesome. My hubby is not much for sweets and couldn't keep his hands off 'em. Thanks for sharing!"

Jerusha Dykes User ID: 2691887 132762
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"These are so good! They are very moist! I left out the pecans and dates and added a tsp. of pumpkin pie spice and they were a huge hit at our family gathering!"

nanzipoo User ID: 2883174 132760
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"I made the cookies without adding nuts and dates. They were blah. the frosting was very hard to judge how much powdered sugar as there was no given amount, not even an approximate amt. I wanted to make a pumpkin cookie with a good frosting. My frosting was too sweet. Maybe if some ginger and allspice was added to the cookie batter it would enhance the taste"

Megan B User ID: 3737622 205296
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"I loved them. My wife loved them. Her coworkers loved them. My coworkers loved them. Make these cookies."

BrendaJoHaugen User ID: 2098440 60860
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"Great recipe! The cookies are soft and sweet. My family does not like nuts or dates so I substituded semi-sweet chocolate chips!"

kfrog09 User ID: 3937793 132723
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2009

"Add chocolate chips for those chocoholics, Yumm!"

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