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Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

This quick and easy pumpkin cookies recipe is great to have on hand all season long. The next time you want to whip up a soft pumpkin sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting, this is a recipe that will only take you about 35 minutes from start to finish.

This recipe uses a couple pre-made packages to speed up the process. Personally, I love to have a few time-saver recipes that are perfect for those last-minute dessert needs throughout the busy holiday season. Don’t let the shortcuts fool you, though. These cookies are delicious!

Iced pumpkin cookies on a wire rack.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Where are my fellow pumpkin spice peeps? It’s time to assemble! If you’re anything like me and overwhelm yourself with tasty pumpkin desserts to make, be sure to have a few that don’t take a ton of time.

Like the apple cookies with glaze, these are also soft in texture. I feel like soft cookies are excellent to serve as a breakfast and brunch dessert, as well. During the holidays, we get dessert all day, right?

Pumpkin, flour, cinnamon, and other ingredients for pumpkin cookies in bowls.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make these easy cookies. The measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Sugar cookie mix: I used Betty Crocker mix. You will get similar results if you use the snickerdoodle mix and just leave out the cinnamon sugar packet.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: You may swap for nutmeg or cinnamon for a slightly different flavor.
  • Pumpkin purée: It’s best to use 100% pumpkin from a can. You can use canned pumpkin pie filling, but the flavor will be different.
  • Cream cheese frosting: You can use a different flavor of frosting if you choose. You can also make your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe if you have time.
  • Heavy whipping cream: You can omit this if you’d like thicker frosting. Use half-and-half or whole milk if you’d like a thinner glaze.

Supplies Needed

  • Large baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowls
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools

How to make easy pumpkin cookies with sugar cookie mix

Step One

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a large cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

Bowl of dry ingredients next to pumpkin puree.

Step Two

Add the sugar cookie mix and pumpkin pie spice to a large mixing bowl and whisk it together.

Pumpkin puree in a bowl of dry mix.

Step Three

Add the pumpkin purée and mix it in until a soft dough forms. At first, it may seem too dry, but keep mixing, and it will come together.

Pumpkin cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

Step Four

Use a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to create balls of dough. Place them on the prepared cookie sheet.

Pumpkin sugar cookie dough on a baking pan.

Step Five

Bake the cookies in the oven for 16-20 minutes or until you see all the tops starting to crack. You want the cookies to be firm to the touch and slightly browning on the tops.

Baked pumpkin cookies on a baking sheet.

Step Six

Once the cookies are done, let them cool completely. While you wait, make the frosting.

Cream cheese and heavy cream in a mixing bowl.

Use a hand or stand mixer to beat together the cream cheese frosting and heavy cream until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Cream cheese cookie icing in a mixing bowl.

Step Seven

Spread the frosting onto the fully-cooled cookies. Sprinkle a little pumpkin spice on the tops if you choose.

Iced cookies on a baking sheet.

Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting on a rack.

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe Notes and FAQ

What’s the best way to store these pumpkin sugar cookies?

Store these cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze them for 3-4 months and thaw them out overnight before serving. The frosting may separate should you choose to freeze it.

Pumpkin cookies with frosting on a rack.

What if I don’t have a cookie scoop?

You can use a large spoon to scoop out the dough if you don’t have a cookie scoop. You can also make smaller scoops if you’d like; just be sure to adjust the baking time.

Pumpkin sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting on a rack.

I can’t tell if the cookies are fully baked.

It’s harder to tell when these cookies are done since they are already colored. The easiest way to know if they are done is to gently tap on the top of a cookie with your finger. If it indents at all, they need more time. You want them to feel firm and dry to the touch. You can also lift the cookie slightly and check the bottom. If the bottom is dry, the cookie is done; if it’s sticky or wet, it needs to bake longer.

Pumpkin cookie with a bite taken out.

Can I add chips to the cookies?

If you want to make chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, feel free to add some chocolate chips. Try mini chips, white chocolate chips, or even cinnamon chips – they might be tasty!

Stacked pumpkin cookies with icing.

Best ways to serve these cookies.

These soft pumpkin cookies are delicious throughout the holiday season. Think Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dessert tables, Christmas cookies, or even enjoy them as a breakfast or brunch treat.

Stacked cookies with the top one missing a bite.

If you really love pumpkin, drink a PSL while you eat a cookie!

Yield: 20

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Iced pumpkin cookies on a wire rack.

These pumpkin cookies are quick and easy to make. They have a soft texture and loads of pumpkin flavor, making them the perfect fall treat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package sugar cookie mix
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 (16 ounce) tub cream cheese frosting
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Pumpkin pie spice, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar cookie mix and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin purée until a soft dough forms. It may seem too dry at first but if you keep mixing it will come together. 
  4. Scoop out balls of dough using a 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until the tops of the cookies start to crack and are completely firm to the touch. You will also notice that they start to turn slightly golden brown on the top.  
  6. Once done baking, let cookies cool completely, about 30 minutes to an hour. 
  7. When cookies have cooled, use a hand or stand mixer to beat together the cream cheese frosting and heavy cream until light and fluffy. 
  8. Spread the frosting onto each cookie and then sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice if you choose.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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