White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Cookies

It is October!
So, in keeping with the theme of fall I will now officially jump on the pumpkin bandwagon.
First, I will tell you ~ I am not a fan of the orange squash.
Sure, I like to carve them out, or decorate my front porch with them, but that’s where the love affair ends.
My mom is an expert pumpkin pie maker, but I am pretty sure that I haven’t had a slice since 1987.
I do, however, indulge quite regularly between September and November in the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte.
But you know as well as I do there is no REAL pumpkin in those.
So here’s where pumpkin and I unite.
In cookie form.
Maybe my problem with pumpkin pie is because it’s such a big pumpkin commitment. You know…every bite pumpkin…that’s it. A whole slice of the same orange mushiness…not for me, thanks.
But…check this out…not only is there white chocolate in these cookies…
…there’s frosting.
We all know how I feel about frosting.
Not only frosting, but brown sugar frosting.
I resisted these cookies for a while…even bringing them to soccer to share, completely sure that pumpkin and I were not BFF’s.
People loved them.
I had to know what I was missing, so when I got home I decided to give pumpkin another chance.
Maybe 23 years was too long.
The cookies were good.
Actually, really good.
Soft and yummy.
Sweet and spicy.
Like a bite of fall…you can quote me on that.
Don’t think I am a pumpkin pie convert, but baby steps, right?
If you even remotely like pumpkin, you NEED to make these.
I’m serious.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Cookies


White Chocolate Pumkin Pie Cookies


Makes approx 3 1/2 – 4 dozen.


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 (12 oz) bag white chocolate chips


  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar


  1. Preheat to 350
  2. Cream butter and both sugars with mixer.
  3. Beat in egg, vanilla and pumpkin.
  4. Combine dry ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture.
  5. Mix until combined.
  6. Stir in white chips.
  7. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheet. (Batter will be sticky)
  8. Bake approx 12 minutes until edges are slightly golden.
  9. Let sit on baking sheet for at least 2 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool.

For frosting:

  1. Combine brown sugar and butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and continue cooking 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Mixture will slightly thicken.
  3. With hand mixer beat in milk until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar until spreadable consistency. ( I used all 2 cups).
  4. Spread approx 1 teaspoon on each cookie.


Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.

38 Responses

  1. Raina

    Awesome use of pumpkin! Very creative. I am not a huge fan of pumpkin either. I am coming around to it, though. I love that you made the frosting with brown sugar..great combo. I know I would like these:)

  2. Meghan @ Domestic Sugar

    On my bake list! I have been looking for an easy pumpkin cookie. LOVE THIS SEASON! Pumpkin is my fav! PRETTY!

  3. SprinkleBakes

    Guilty of loving pumpkin, but even moreso those pumpkin spice lattes! That brown sugar frosting look sooo good! So perfect for the season.

    Happy October!

  4. Monet

    I'm a pumpkin lover…so I have no doubt that I would love these cookies. Especially with that frosting slathered on top. Just perfect. I am going to attempt to make a frosting with brown sugar today too. It looks like yours turned out beautifully!

  5. Joanne

    Being a pumpkin FIEND, I know I will be making these this holiday season. In the hopes of trying to convert some of my not-so-pumpkin-loving family over to the dark side.

  6. Butter Hearts Sugar

    YUM! I love white chocolate, I love pumpkin spice and I have so much pumpkin puree frozen in my freezer. I cant wait to make these.

  7. myovenandme

    Pretty cookies! Would never have guessed that there is pumpkin hiding inside! 🙂 Love the idea of brown sugar frosting too! *Swoon*

  8. carsandcarbs

    i am not on the pumpkin-lovin' bandwagon, but i just made these cookies and i am thoroughly impressed.
    i love the white chocolate!

    thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  9. marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    A bite of fall or in my case there would be many bites of these cute frosted cookies. I would even down the pie – I love pumpkin that much 🙂 xo

  10. Lucie

    Like almost everyone else here, apparently, I love pumpkin as well! The taste throws me right into the best of the Fall season and gives me a reason to indulge in pumpkin muffins…or these pumpkin cookies, which look great!

  11. Elina

    I am also not the BIGGEST pumpkin fan but pumpkin muffins and cookies I'm all about. These sound so delicious with the addition of white choc chips and frosting. Yeah, 23 years without those is definitely too long 🙂

  12. Jaime

    i haven't seen white choc and pumpkin together yet – yum! (though my hubby says white choc doesn't count as choc – i say who cares!)

  13. Barbara

    We're united!! Pumpkin anything rules.
    Have never tried a pumpkin cookie….this one looks fabulous. Yummy on the frosting!

  14. Judy Nebeker

    Just got done baking these. Oh my goodness they are the best pumpkin cookie I have ever had. The frosting incredible as well. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!

  15. cookies and cups

    Judy ~ so glad you liked them!

    Thanks everyone for all the great comments! Never knew so many people loved pumpkin..crazy!

  16. Eliana

    These could not look more delicious. Can't wait to give them a try as I bought my grocery store out of canned pumpkin this weekend.

  17. bridget {bake at 350}

    These sound wonderful!!! I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie…and I don't even like those pumpkin spice lattes, but I love *just about* everything else pumpkin-y! I could eat it all year. Especially these cookies!

  18. Corahs Mommy

    Thanks for sharing this. I made these cookies last weekend and all 4 dozen were gone in a day! They were super yummy and a huge hit with my entire family

  19. Sam

    Just made them! SOOO delicious and easy to make! I used mini chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips and are amazing! Like little pillows of pumpkin heaven!

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