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Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip Recipe

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + chilling YIELD:80 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin pie mix
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • 1. Cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine next six ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill overnight.
  • 2. Shape into 1/2-in. balls; roll in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until edges begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  • 3. For dip, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in pumpkin pie mix. Add confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and ginger; mix well. Serve with cookies. Refrigerate leftover dip. Yield: about 20 dozen (3 cups dip).

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 108 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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agalleske User ID: 3525705 260993
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"I thought they were very good. I also made the Cinnamon Snaps from this website. Both recipes were almost identical except this one called for granulated sugar, ginger, and cloves., where as the Cinnamon Snaps had no ginger or cloves and used brown sugar. Our family preferred the Cinnamon Snaps, but that was just from our taste preference. They preferred not to have so much spice. I used butter flavored Crisco in both recipes due severe milk allergies in our home and room temperature eggs to help during baking, so the air expands, producing light, airy, evenly baked cookies. We did not make the dip, it didn't need it and for us it had milk product in it. I must say though, they are disappearing just as fast as the

Cinnamon Snaps. Thanks so much for the recipe :-)"

juliesinfort User ID: 3418575 238664
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"I love these!!!!! The dip too!"

[email protected] User ID: 7155259 218766
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"These cookies are amazing, and the dip is good too. I make them often without the dip and my family loves them. Definitely a keeper!"

moosetracker User ID: 1842682 216888
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"Made these for the holidays, as I thought the dip would add class to a cookie dessert. Didn't need the dip.. Everyone loved the cookie on it's own, and I had lots of dip left over.. Next time I think I will pass on the dip, although I personally had the dip and it was good."

luvz2bake68 User ID: 8172109 215411
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I've been making these during the holidays for about 5 yrs but I,(somehow!!), lost my recipe. I've been frantically searching the internet--the other recipes I found were similar but not quite right ... until I saw this one. Thank you for sharing! These cookies & dip are AMAZING. TIP: to keep the dip from being lumpy (from the cream cheese) make sure your ingredients are room temp. Any colder and you might have lumps - you want your cream cheese to be nice and soft. I've even microwaved mine for a few seconds, (no more), to make certain it was very mushy. Once the dip is mixed well you can refrigerate it with no problems."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 8606
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Love these cookies by themselves and the dip takes them over the top. This is always great for holiday gatherings. YUMMY!"

wyogirl14 User ID: 8097428 8208
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"The dip should be 1 cup not two of the pumpkin pie filling otherwise the consistency is too runny and the cream cheese is lumpy."

Mel48 User ID: 7872198 8498
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"I made these cookies without the Pumpkin Dip. They got raves from everyone!"

pumuki User ID: 8061425 8493
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Fantastic and easy to make. Thanks for sharing"

jgbex1 User ID: 5795516 9023
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"Very good. Took these to a party. Everyone loved it."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 7660
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014 Edited Oct. 12, 2014

"A really nice tasting cookie! I found the dough quite soft to work with but still doable. The dip is nice, but maybe a pinch of cloves would have gave it a nice zing. Day 2: Took these to work today. Everyone raved about these cookies. The dip thickened in the fridge overnight and the flavours blended nicely together."

talysh91 User ID: 5807694 6177
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"The cookies are delicious with or without the dip, which is also very good. Definitely a keeper! Makes a huge batch."

mamalevi User ID: 2755783 9274
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"These were really good but mine came out FLAT? WHY? It's like too much liquid. Please if you have a answer ????"

vaughnlulu User ID: 6481427 9273
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"Amazing! These cookies stay soft forever! They taste like a mini pumpkin pie with gingerbread crust."

wvbobbi User ID: 7427124 8491
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I have been making these for several years around Thanksgiving time. They have become a tradition as my nieces say. They freeze well, too."

sephrina User ID: 939941 6175
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"This has been a favorite in my home since it originally came out in the magazine in 1995."

stella_ia User ID: 1662092 8206
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"Every time i makes these they are gone before i know it absolutely delicious"

auntie mame User ID: 1972299 4515
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"I have made these cookies since the early nineties. They are always eaten by whatever crowd has access. The cookies are very spicy in a good way and the dip is a perfect foil for the cookies. Plan to make them again this year."

cgmx User ID: 5556090 10996
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"This is my fav "fall" cookie recipe. Everyone raves about it. Cookies are moist and the dip is awesome."

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 10995
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"We absolutely love this recipe! It makes the house smell so good when baking! We took them to a 4-H cookie exchange and they were such a hit! Thanks!"

Rose Sch User ID: 5574472 10993
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Dip was too thin, didn't stick to the cookies"

baristababe User ID: 6052912 9004
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I made these for church fellowship time, and oh boy! Every single person wanted the recipe! The cookies are the perfect amount of crunchy edges /chewy centers. The dip is creamy and irresistible! I will make these every year from now on!"

vjgunkel59 User ID: 130242 3035
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"I made this years ago when it originally came out in the magazine and it was a big hit in my family. I was really glad to find it on the website so I didn't have to go digging through the recipe box. It's a wonderful recipe and I actually have kids who get excited about the fall season when I make this, it's kind of traditional around September and October to change up the dessert offerings. It's a great offering for fall potluck gatherings or Sunday football games, or end of season picnics-you will end up with a clean plate. They're easy to make and the ingredient list is typically on hand, but the best reason of all to make this recipe is it tastes fantastic!"

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 8946
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"I love this recipe so much! Every fall my family makes & enjoys eating these cookies. All of our friends request the recipe & ask us to bring it to all of the social functions that we go to! It is so delisious it is so hard not to eat to many! I highly recomend this recipe =)"

babylyric1 User ID: 4410058 6827
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"This is one of my very favorite recipes around the holidays. I mix it up and store it in containers to take to gatherings. It's always a hit and it never fails, someone asks me for the recipe every time! I will continue to make it as a new traditional treat for the holidays! Tip: if you don't have the time to make the cookies...quickly whip up the dip and serve store bought cookies such as pecan sandies, ginger snaps, and for kids even a graham cracker!"

arh82881 User ID: 4559650 7745
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Loved this! Took it as a dish to a party with fifty people and had many complements and lots of requests for the recipe."

rlschweiner User ID: 32902 200231
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I love this recipe! A friend gave it to me back in 2001 and I've been making it ever since. I didn't realize it came from Taste of Home. (I should have known.) One thing to be aware of though is that it takes about 2 hours to roll all the dough into little balls, sugar them, and bake the cookies. But it is time well spent and the results are awesome!"

kiteley User ID: 4113182 9272
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"I've made this recipe numerous times & family & friends love it!"

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 8788
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"I love this recipie so so so much!!!! I make it every fall! It dosn't seem like fall until I have made & eaten this recipie! All of my friends crave it & ask me to bring it to every party! I highly recomend this recipie :)"

ddjj User ID: 5323582 9267
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"Have made this several times, the kids love it! The dip makes it!"

dream3 User ID: 2480348 6826
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"Amazing and wonderful. worth the work."

lil118 User ID: 3963430 14933
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"Great recipe! cookie is very tasty especially with the dip."

TheSheepfold User ID: 3436726 8490
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I started making this recipe years ago when it appeared in the magazine, and it is one of my true favorites. Everyone raves over it, and I am nearly always asked for the recipe. You can't go wrong with this one. The cookies are fantastic even w/o the dip, so don't let a lack of dip ingredients keep you from making this. This makes LOTS of cookies, so you will have plenty to freeze for later on."

joyfilled2 User ID: 3304409 7658
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"I got this recipe from the time it was a prize winner, and have made it every year since. It is wonderful and I can hardly wait for fall to make it again."

goekefam User ID: 2497974 8479
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"These cookies are wonderful! I make them every year for the holidays and my family just adores them. It makes a large batch, which is good considering my family eats the first few batches before I can get them off of the cooling rack! Thanks for the recipe!"

tammydec59 User ID: 3356717 10989
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2008

"So very very delish!! I have been making these for years - forgot about the recipe. Took the cookies/dip into!!"

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