Pumpkin Cookies

My Pumpkin Cookies literally melt in your mouth. Soft and sweet, topped with brown sugar icing these are like little bites of pumpkin pie.

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My Pumpkin Cookies Are One Of My Most Beloved Cookie Recipes!

I’ve been making these cookies for years and years and they are easily the most requested pumpkin recipe on my site from friends and family. Whether it’s the soft pumpkin cookie dotted with creamy white chocolate, or the rich brown sugar icing on top…or heck the perfect combination of the two, I believe they are the most perfect pumpkin cookie recipe ever.

Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Sugar Icing…OH MY!

So let’s skip past the actual cookie part of this situation for a second. The brown sugar icing is what makes this cookie recipe so spectacular. Of course, yes the cookie is amazing, but the brown sugar icing adds a slight caramel/butterscotch flavor that pairs beautifully with the pumpkin pie spice.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • pumpkin puree
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • kosher salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • all purpose flour
  • white chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Mix the butter, granulated and brown sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Then add in the egg, vanilla, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and mix for 1 minute until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, making sure to get it all mixed in!
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chip until evenly incorporated.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10- 12 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
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What If You Don’t Like White Chocolate?

You can omit the white chocolate completely if you really don’t like it, add a little less or even use semi-sweet chocolate chips in its place!

Do You Have To Put Frosting On These Cookies?

Like I stated above, you can absolutely omit the icing, but you shouldn’t. It’s what really sets these cookies apart! Here’s what you will need:

  • light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  1. In a saucepan melt together the sugar and butter.
  2. Bring it to a boil and cook for 1 minute, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool and thicken for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the milk and the powdered sugar until smooth. Alternately you can use a hand mixer for this step.
  4. Spread about 1 teaspoon on the tops of each cookie and allow to set.

How To Store:

Store these cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days!

Pumpkin Cookies topped with frosting on a wire rack

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Pumpkin Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Oven/Stove Top
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

My Pumpkin Cookies literally melt in your mouth. Soft and sweet, topped with brown sugar icing these are like little bites of pumpkin pie.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (12 oz) bag white chocolate chips

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Cookies: Preheat to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, granulated and brown sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and mix for 1 minute until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chip until evenly incorporated.
  5. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) sized cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10- 12 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  6. Icing: In a medium saucepan stir together the brown sugar and butter over medium heat.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue cooking for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes. Mixture will slightly thicken. Whisk in the milk and the powdered sugar until smooth. Alternately you can use a hand mixer for this step.
  8. Spread about 1 teaspoon on the tops of each cookie and allow to set.

Notes:

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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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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Poppy
November 6, 2020 12:28 pm

Delicious cookies. Lovely and soft. I think I also had a little too much raising agent though. My brown butter icing hasn’t hardened but it does taste wonderful. I followed the instructions perfectly 🙁 I left the butter and sugar to boil for 2 mins and then added the milk and icing sugar… Any tips for getting it better next time?

Monica
November 2, 2020 7:23 pm

Can’t wait to try these, but do you happen to know of how I could turn these into maple cookies? My grandma made a maple cookie that looked exactly like this, but I’ve never been able to recreate it or find a good recipe dupe. Any thoughts?

steph
November 20, 2020 9:00 am
Reply to  Monica

taste of home has a delicious maple cookie frosted with maple icing!

Shelly 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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