Deliciously soft pumpkin sugar cookies are easy to make and taste amazing! Full of your favorite pumpkin spice flavors, these cookies are bound to become a fall family favorite!
For more pumpkin dessert inspiration, be sure to check out our Pumpkin Pudding, No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Brownie Brittle, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones. and And if you give these cookies a try, let us know what you think about them by commenting below!
The Best Fall Cookies
I think sugar cookies are my very favorite cookie. I mean, there aren’t a lot of cookies I don’t like, but something about a soft and chewy sugar cookie just gets me every time!
This fall-flavored pumpkin sugar cookie is completely amazing! They are big and puffy and great on their own but if you add the delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting to the top, they become totally irresistible! Here’s how to make them –
While Ice cream isn’t necessary for these pumpkin sugar cookies, (as shown in the image above) you can make a mean Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich with this recipe simply by sandwiching some vanilla ice cream in between two cookies!
Ingredients You’ll Need
for the cookies:
- all-purpose flour
- pumpkin spice
- baking soda
- cream of tartar
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- pumpkin purée
for the frosting:
- cream cheese
- powdered sugar
How to Make Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Dry Ingredients – You’ll start by whisking together the flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a small bowl until combined. Then set it aside for later.
Cream – Next, throw the butter and sugars into a mixing bowl of an electric mixer and cream them together using the paddle attachment for about 1-2 minutes.
Egg – Now mix in the egg yolk and vanilla at low speed until everything has combined.
Pumpkin – Next, mix in the pumpkin purée using the low speed. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Combine – Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix everything until combined.
Roll – Scoop the dough and roll them into 8 balls (1/4 cup each) and place them on a large plate lined with parchment paper.
Cool – Let the dough chill for about 1 hour.
Cover – Pour about half of a cup of granulated sugar onto a plate and then roll the chilled cookie balls into the sugar.
Bake – Place the dough on a cookie sheet, about 2-3 inches apart and then bake them for about 17-20 minutes, until edges are browned and the centers begin to set.
Frost – Remove from the pumpkin cookies from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting.
More Sugar Cookie Recipes
- Sugar Cookie Bars
- Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
- 10 Minute Sugar Cookies
- Lemon Sugar Cookies Bars
- Funfetti Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Here’s a printable recipe card for your convenience –
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Recipe
for the cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
for the frosting
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tbsp butter, softened
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp milk
- cinnamon/sugar mixture, for garnish
- Whisk together flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.
- Cream together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar in mixing bowl of electric mixer using paddle attachment for 1-2 minutes.
- Mix in egg yolk and vanilla on low speed until combined.
- Mix in pumpkin purée on low speed, making sure to scrape down sides.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Scoop into 8 balls (1/4 cup each) on a large plate lined with parchment paper and chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pour remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar onto a small plate.
- Roll chilled cookie balls into granulated sugar and place on cookie sheets, 2-3 inches apart, and bake 17-20 minutes until edges are browned and centers begin to set.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Meanwhile, mix together all the ingredients for the cream cheese frosting with an electric mixture until smooth. Set aside.
- Frost the cookies with the frosting, sprinkle with cinnamon suger, and enjoy!