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.


2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

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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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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!


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…

Christina @ Ovenadventures

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.


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

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

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


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


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


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

Heather (Heather

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 🙂


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


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

Kate H.

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!


Love it! Couldn’t be any easier 😀

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

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.


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

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

Jessica @ How Sweet

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


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!


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


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


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

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


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


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

Leslie B.

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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.




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.

Luv What You Do

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.


Two ingredients? Unbelievable!


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


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

Robyn | Add a Pinch

You are so smaht! So very, very smaht!!! 🙂

Trina@Craft Anyway!

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

Sheila @Eat2gather

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


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

bridget {bake at 350}

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! 😉

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

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.


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!!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

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


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


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

Georgia Pellegrini

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

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These sound lovely! So easy!


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!!


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.