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Best Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

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Best Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.  These are delicious melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cookies topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting.  YUM!  Amazingly light, fluffy and incredible tasting, makes these the BEST pumpkin cookies EVER!! 

We love baking cookies, especially ones that can whip up in a matter of minutes.  This happens to be one of those recipes!

Yep.  No fuss at all!

Just use one bowl to mix all the ingredients and bake for 10 minutes 🙂


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We think these are the BEST pumpkin cookies for a few reasons. 

First, they are very soft with a cake-like texture.

Second, the flavor is amazing!  Sweet tasting with the perfect amount of pumpkin.

Third, the frosting on top is made with cream cheese and adds the perfect balance to these cookies.


Ingredients Needed for Best Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: 

1.  butter

2.  sugar

3.  baking soda

4. baking powder

5.  ground nutmeg

6.  cinnamon

7.  1 egg

8.   vanilla extract

9.  all- purpose flour

10. pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

11.  powdered sugar

12.  package of cream cheese


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All the ingredients are probably in your pantry and fridge.  The cookie dough becomes very soft, similar to our Italian Lemon Cookies that we adore!

This recipes yields about 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size you make them.

You can double this recipe, especially if you plan to make them for any upcoming cookie exchange party.

While the cookies are baking, you can make the frosting.

Lightly beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar together in a bowl and set aside.  Allow cookies to completely cool on wire rack, before frosting.

Then, frost each cookie and sprinkle with ground cinnamon on top as the final touch.



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To make them even more festive, simply add a sprinkle of orange colored sprinkles or orange colored sugar crystals on top.  Kids of all ages will enjoy these pumpkin cookies – for sure!

No matter how you decide to frost them or even decorate them, the vanilla cream cheese frosting is delicious and pairs perfectly with these soft pumpkin cookies.

When you take your first bite, you’ll fall in love!

Best Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting are fantastic in every way; and they won’t disappoint!



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Best Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe type: Cookies / Snack
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Serves: approx 3 dozen
Best Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting are melt in your mouth deliciousness! One bowl and only 10 minutes to make, makes these the best cookies ever!
  • 1 cup sweet butter (2 sticks) or (16 Tbsp.)- softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree ( I used Libby's Pure Pumpkin)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese - softened
  • 4 Tbsp. sweet butter - softened
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ground cinnamon, to dust on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, and using a handheld electric mixer, beat on low speed, butter and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg,and cinnamon and beat until well combined.
  4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. Then beat in the flour, while scraping the sides of the bowl into the mixture. Cookie dough will be very soft.
  5. Drop by teaspoons, about 2-inches apart. Or use a cookie scoop.
  6. Bake for only 10 minutes. Remove and allow cookies to cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
Directions for Frosting:
  1. First, rinse and clean the beaters from the handheld mixer. Next, beat cream cheese with butter in a medium size bowl.
  2. Then beat in the vanilla extract and then beat in the powered sugar. Frosting is now ready to spread on cookies.
  3. Using a knife to spread a small amount of frosting on top of each cookie.
  4. Finally, lightly dust with some ground cinnamon on top. Store cookies in sealed containers.
  5. Yields: 30 to 34 cookies

Recipe adapted from

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Thanks for stopping by!  … and Happy Baking! 🙂

Anna and Liz



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  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    October 31, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I could go for these. Thanks for the recipe!

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    November 2, 2018 at 11:27 am

    These look delicious and are so seasonal. I just love cream cheese frosting.
    I don’t know why, but I’m finding it difficult to find the place to leave a comment on your blog!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      H Sandra! These are so good, I know you will LOVE them as much as we do. And thank so much for letting me know about the comments. Since I changed over to WordPress, I am still working out all the kinks and going into each post to fix and change, making them fit & work properly in wordpress.

  • Reply
    November 4, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Wonderful cookies! I love the light texture, spices and cream cheese frosting – Delish!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      November 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Susan, and not only they are so good but you’ll love the ease of making them in a matter of minutes! Let know what you think! I love hearing back from you!

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