2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies


These 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies are simple and delicious. They’re also lower in calories…as long as you don’t frost them!

Yep, we’re going with another 2 ingredient recipe today.

2 ingredient Pumpkin Cookies.

What can I say, I love a theme!

This one came from a comment left on my Soda Can Cupcake post…

The commenter (Corrie Alexa) said if you combine a Spice Cake mix and a can of pumpkin you can make a cake.  WHAT THE?!?

I woudn’t have believed it a week ago, but after my soda and cake mix experiment, I won’t put anything past the magic-ness that is boxed cake mix.

Another bonus to the 2 ingredient thing is that it’s lower in fat, which apparently people are all concerned about fat and calories these days, so yeah…


Well, I decided that with it almost being Thanksgiving I needed to do the pumpkin thing at least one more time before the big day.

So I went into the endeavor with all intentions of making a cake.  But as I mixed the pumpkin and cake mix together I got another idea.  The 2 ingredient batter is very thick, and I wondered if I could make cookies instead of a cake?

* A side note ~ when I decided to make these as cookies I pretty much thought I was a genius.  Well, a quick google search proved me that I am NOT the inventor of these.  Damn Google ~ nobody likes a know it all!


Anyway, here’s how it started.

If you can’t find spice cake, I bet you could use yellow cake and throw in some pumpkin pie spice, just a thought.

Mix them together…

Now, on a lined baking sheet drop batter (rounded tablespoon) about 2 inches apart…

Bake for 13-15 minutes.

There you go!  A soft, cakey, yummy pumpkin cookie.

Now you can definitely stop there, in keeping with the whole 2 ingredient deal.

Or….OR…you can top these yummies with some frosting.  Because really, what’s not better with frosting?

I used about a cup of buttercream that I had in my fridge leftover. You could use cream cheese frosting too, which would be perfectly delicious!

* Fun tip ~I spruced my buttercream up by sprinkling in some pumpkin pie spice.  It gave it a nice flavor.

You could probably adapt the cookie recipe and add in some white, chocolate or even toffee chips to make them even more special, but I will tell you they don’t need it.

Super yummy and only 2 ingredients.

I would love to hear any other short-cut recipes you guys have, because I have decided that you guys are all brilliant!

Also for another fun quick pumpkin/cake mix recipe hope over to Bake at 350…she has some really yummy Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

OR THIS yummy Pumpkin Coffee Cake from Cookbook Queen.

And if you’re willing to throw in a few more ingredients, try these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Dried Cranberries from Two Peas.

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies
makes 2 dozen
  • 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix your pumpkin and cake mix together in a medium bowl until there are no more lumps.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until edges start to golden.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes on your baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Frost if desired.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days

If you would like to frost these cookies here is my buttercream recipe and I added 1 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice to that!

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November 17, 2011 6:54 pm

My fave way to cut a little bit of calories during this time of year! If you can’t find a Spice Cake Mix (Duncan Hines and Krusteaz are the only two brands I have ever seen that make one), Carrot Cake Mix works well also. :) Thanks for tempting my tastebuds every day–you rock!

November 17, 2011 7:02 pm

Brownie mix and diet soda is also another 2 ingredient concoction for ya ; ) I opted the soda over the applesauce suggestion I had gotten….applesauce just seemed a little too healthly for brownies…

November 17, 2011 7:04 pm

I just made pumpkin cookies and I loved them. They were a little more labour intensive but I have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon. I never liked pumpkin pie and so I thought I didn’t like pumpkin but it turns out I totes do like pumpkin!

This would be great to do with the kidlets. No eggs, they can eat the batter. hmmm that gives me an idea for the next rainy day.

November 17, 2011 7:04 pm

I love these easy cookies! I usually make them with chocolate chips because chocolate is always a good idea:) Thanks for the link love:)

November 17, 2011 7:05 pm

I’ve made cake with pumpkin + cake mix before but never cookies! Love this!

November 17, 2011 7:05 pm

Thanks for the shout out! Cookies? Genius. Frosting? even better! I will be doing this TONIGHT!

November 17, 2011 7:09 pm

OH, man. This looks great! I love pumpkin cookies. I might would add some pumpkin spice to it, though. Wow.

November 17, 2011 7:19 pm

I have made muffins this way but added half a bag of cinnamon chips from Herseys. WOW! So delish!

November 17, 2011 7:22 pm

two ingredients is totally speaking to me today – the less work the better! i’m making these for friendsgiving next week. you know, dessert appetizer :)

November 17, 2011 7:25 pm

I use these 2 ingredients + cinnamon chips to make pumpkin muffins! SO yummy!!

November 17, 2011 7:44 pm

Will definitely give these a go – they remind me of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies my sister frequently makes.

November 17, 2011 7:48 pm

I’ve actually made something similar.. You take a yellow cake mix and mix it with pumpkin and it comes out moist and delicious!–found it on pinterest!

November 17, 2011 7:53 pm

Love it! Couldn’t be any easier 😀

November 17, 2011 7:58 pm

Ive seen the recipe for two ingredient cookies and muffins too? on Pinterest and all over and have always meant to try it…now you have me convinced.

November 17, 2011 8:16 pm

I make those as muffins – using the same recipe… now that you’ve made them as cookies, does that mean I can’t eat them for breakfast anymore? :)

Christal Harris
November 17, 2011 8:16 pm

These cookies look like they’d be perfect for whoopie pies :)

November 17, 2011 8:19 pm

Love these cookies! I tend to make them with some chocolate because… I can’t stay away.

November 17, 2011 8:27 pm

You don’t understand how happy you have made me…lol. I have been fretting because I have a cookie exchange to attend (it’s annual) and I really wanted to bring something great this year. I know I will be able to find something awesome and creative on you blog.

The crazy thing is that we each have to bring 12 dozen cookies…yikes!

November 17, 2011 8:29 pm

I just love that it is only two ingredients. And guess what, I loooove pumpkin. Mmm!

November 17, 2011 8:34 pm

I use these ingredients to make muffins. Sooo good. I love the idea of making them into cookies, awesome!

November 17, 2011 8:48 pm

If you mix a can of crushed pineapple with a box of vanilla cake mix…voila! 2-ingredient vanilla cupcakes with a slight taste of the pineapple! they are fantastic :)

T Johnson
November 17, 2011 9:12 pm

I’m going to try this with sweet potato instead… yum….

November 17, 2011 9:16 pm

Top these with a little maple icing and I don’t think you could keep me away.

November 17, 2011 9:18 pm

2 ingredients? that’s my kind of cookie these days. They seem really good.

Leslie B.
November 17, 2011 9:23 pm

I don’t care what google says, you ARE a genius! Thanks for the post!!

November 17, 2011 9:35 pm

i make these into muffins but i add a single serve pineapple cup with juice and about 1/2 cup chopped pecans. yummy

November 17, 2011 9:36 pm

and i have made with yellow cake and pumpkin pie spice, i think the spice cake tastes better tho.

November 17, 2011 9:35 pm

I’ve been considering making the 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins, but I think these just replaced the muffins. Yum!

November 17, 2011 10:23 pm

Uh! I’ve seen pictures of cake mix and canned pumpkin on Pintrest, but didn’t even think about looking further into it. This is great. I bet I could make the “cookie” into whoopie pies. Hmm….I might have to try that one.

November 17, 2011 10:28 pm

I love easy and delicious recipes, this one is just great, very simple and they look delicious

November 17, 2011 11:21 pm

I love these, I think the icing would have made the muffins I made better:) I want to try them as cookies next time.

November 17, 2011 11:51 pm

These look sooo yummy! I made some delicious pumpkin cookies too- they both seem similar in cake-like! I will have to try yours next.



November 18, 2011 2:43 am

I was pretty impressed by your soda cake..but this is has got me impressed SQUARED. Mainly because you’ve proven to me that pumpkin is pretty much the most magical thing on this earth.

November 18, 2011 2:53 am

I love the look of these cookies!
I have made the cake mix + canned pumpkin muffins with tons of flavors (even chocolate is amazing), but I will definitely try the cookies.

BTW, one of my favorite two ingredient sweets. Yellow cake mix + Applesause= AMAZING! I even used it in a triffle.

November 18, 2011 10:19 am

Two ingredients? Unbelievable!

November 18, 2011 1:10 pm

oooh, we made these last year and I forgot all about them!! Thanks Shelly!!

November 18, 2011 1:18 pm

Can never go wrong with a 2 ingredient cookie. Keep on rocking the theme!

November 18, 2011 2:37 pm

You are so smaht! So very, very smaht!!! :)

November 18, 2011 3:05 pm

What was your ratio of pumpkin pie spice to frosting? These sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

November 18, 2011 3:40 pm

These look fabulous! I always make them in muffin form, but I like the cookie with frosting idea!

November 18, 2011 4:38 pm

It doesn’t get any easier than this! Yum!!

November 18, 2011 7:04 pm

They are so poofy and pretty! I especially love the ones with frosting. And THAT explains my love handles.

Psst,..thanks so much for linking to the muffins! 😉

November 18, 2011 7:13 pm

I did this with a cake last year, and thought it was pretty awesome then. Why didn’t I think of making cookies? Clearly you are smarter than me (and so are all the people on Google, but whatevs. I’m cuter than them at least. You’ve still got one up on me there).

I kinda feel like maybe this is how they make those cakey cookies at the grocery store? Is the texture the same?? It would be a revelation if it is.

November 18, 2011 7:35 pm

Pineapple + angel food cake mix. Or strawberry soda + angel food cake mix. YUM! (More of a summer yummy, but still a good two ingredient “recipe”.

Also, I add pumpkin to a carrot cake mix and it makes a carrot/pumpkin bread that is fantastic. Especially when you put some cream cheese frosting on it.

I’m glad I found your site!!

November 18, 2011 9:01 pm

Wow, I had no idea! Now that’s so clever and so easy too.

November 18, 2011 9:46 pm

It’s such a straightforward recipe , so easy. Love that!

November 18, 2011 10:54 pm

These look delicious! I’m trying this recipe out this weekend!

November 18, 2011 11:29 pm

Wow girl! This is my kind of baking! I love your talents so much.

November 19, 2011 1:55 am

These sound lovely! So easy!

November 19, 2011 2:58 am

This is fantastic. I’ve been making 2 ingredient pancakes (Bisquick HeartSmart + canned pumpkin) for years so I know it works. Never thought to try it with cake mix though. Great idea!!

November 19, 2011 12:25 pm

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I have my cake mix and can of pumpkin ready to make it. Funny you just made it. The cookies look yummy. Your pictures are so pretty.