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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

November 18, 2010

I first made these cookies over 3 years ago for our first, last, and ONLY Halloween party (alas, pre-children of course) and they were a hit!  They are moist, light, and airy cookies are meant  to be “pumpkin cream sandwiches”, but I usually make them sans frosting. (Feeling naughty? The cream cheese frosting certainly is divine!) Most recently, I whipped up a batch for my children’s E.C.F.E. (aka preschool) class, I was my turn to bring a snack  for the parents to nosh on during our breakaway parent/ teacher session.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

from Real Simple


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Note: Don’t have canned pumpkin, use roasted or canned sweet potatoes, or apple sauce (you may need to adjust the flour if too runny.)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2/3 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, and egg and beat until combined.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar and butter and beat on medium-low speed until fully incorporated.
  4. Spoon heaping tablespoons of the dough 2 inches apart onto parchment- or foil-lined baking sheets. Bake until puffed and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  5.  *Optional: as the cookies bake, beat the cream cheese, heavy cream, and confectioners’ sugar together until smooth. Spread the flat sides of half the cooled cookies with the cream mixture. Top with the remaining cookies.
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  1. November 25, 2010 6:42 am

    this cookie sounds so yummy! i cant wait to try this out:) happy thanksgiving.

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