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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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170 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Valerie

    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…

  8. 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!

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