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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies 1x


Looking for the most soft, perfectly spiced pumpkin cookie? This Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is perfect! A delicious cake-like cookie topped with freshly whipped cream cheese frosting–it’s like all the good feelings of fall in one cookie.




  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups flour


  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the 1 cup butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice; beat until combined.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree; beat until combined.
  5. Add the flour; mix well.
  6. Scoop the cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet to form 18 cookies. Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes.
  7. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool to room temperature on a baking rack.
  8. To make the frosting, beat together the ½ cup butter and 8 ounces cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar and beat until well combined.
  9. Frost the completely cooled cookies generously with the cream cheese frosting.
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