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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Baking, Cookies, pumpkin
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Author Kristen | Ella Claire & Co.


Pumpkin Cookie Batter

  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Pumpkin Cookie Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer on high speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides if needed. Add sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Mix in flour until combined.

  3. Drop dough, using a 2 tablespoon medium scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes in preheated oven until tops are set. Allow cookies to cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Whip butter and cream cheese together in mixer. Alternate adding powdered sugar and milk until well combined and nice and creamy. Add vanilla.

  2. Spread frosting on each cookie and sprinkle with a little pinch of pumpkin pie spice.