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Delicious and Easy Pumpkin Cookie Recipes

Updated on April 12, 2017

Pumpkin Cookies Are Easy To Make And Fun To Eat

I love pretty much any dessert made with pumpkins and my recipe for Pumpkin Cookies has been a holiday tradition at our house for the past several years.

I'll not only share my recipe for these yummy and easy to make cookies that you can whip up for the holidays and throughout the year, I will also share several other pumpkin cookie recipes that I've discovered that you might also like to try.

These pumpkin cookies have gone through several experiments on my part and no matter how I tweak them they are still awesome!

Pumpkin cookies are great to give as gifts to co-workers, family and friends or just to have on hand for the winter munchies. They are also easily frozen if you want to make them ahead of time for enjoying throughout the year.

Image Above Courtesy of Crystal

Start With Canned Pure Pumpkin

Libby's Pure Canned Pumpkin
Libby's Pure Canned Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies

Each year, my husband will usually take a plate of treats that I've made for his co-workers to fight over during the holidays.

One employee would start hinting around every year in the fall about how much she loved my Pumpkin Cookies. She LOVED these cookies! I had to make sure I gave her a few extra as she could never quite get enough.

I learned to always make extra of whatever I was planning on sending to work with him so that everyone felt the Holiday Love.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 to 40 minutes

Serves: 24


  • 3/4 cup of Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup Butter - Melted
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar - Firmly Packed
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg - Lightly Beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Flavoring
  • 1 15 oz. Can of Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts


  2. -Heat Oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. -Chop the Walnuts
  4. -Combine all Dry ingredients (except Walnuts) in a large bowl - stir or sift together well.
  5. ***Wet Mixture***
  6. -Place the melted butter, oil and sugar in a Large mixing bowl and cream together.
  7. -Add the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin to the mixture and mix well.
  8. ***Add Dry Ingredients To Wet Mixture***
  9. -Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture about a Cup or less at a time.
  10. -Mix well in between each addition of dry to wet.
  11. -When all of dry ingredients and wet are combined, STIR in the chopped Walnuts until well mixed.
  12. -Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto Ungreased cookie sheet.
  13. -Place in oven and bake about 15 minutes on non-shiny sheet and about 20 minutes on shiny sheet.
  14. -Don't over bake!
  15. ***These cookies are on the softer chewy side so be careful not to over bake.
  16. ***Oven times may vary so you may want to cook longer or less than I have suggested.
  17. ***You may use less Pumpkin Pie Spice flavoring than I do but I found the cookies were quite bland without it.
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Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree - How To Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree!

Several demonstrations are gathered here for you to watch and learn if you would prefer your Pumpkin Puree to be fresh. Click on any video to watch!

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Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - From Guilty Kitchen

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

I found this recipe at Guilty Kitchen where Elizabeth shares her Recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies.

She says the cookies are both crispy and chewy fresh out of the oven so it is best to cook in small batches and freeze the rest of the dough until you are ready to cook more.

The recipe calls for 1 cup of pumpkin butter for which she shares 2 different methods for preparing it.

I'm thinking I would be tempted to eat the first half of the batch in the morning and the second half in the evening!

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Best Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - With Penuche Glaze

Best Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
Best Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Oh my but the image submitted for these pumpkin cookies just looks like something from the '50s or '60s to me and I love that!

These remind me of being little and all the sparkly things that made something homemade taste even yummier.

This simple recipe has a Penuche Glaze that includes brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, and butter as part of the ingredients.

I have a feeling that the baker for the photo above did not use dark brown sugar so feel free to experiment with your glaze recipe!

Take a look at all the photos submitted to get even more ideas for this Best Pumpkin Cookies Recipe on

Photo by truebrit

What's Your Opinion?

Do you feel it is better to use fresh pumpkin or pumpkin from a can?

Nah! I like it out of the can and it's less messy.

Nah! I like it out of the can and it's less messy.

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    • poetryman6969 2 years ago

      no mess for me!

    • Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I'm good with whatever pumpkin is readily available.

    • Kristen 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Out of the can works for me! I think I would never make anything with pumpkin if I had to spend all of that time doing it from scratch. Maybe some day, but for now, canned it is!

    • RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      I like the can because it is easy and available.

    • WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Canned is easier on the stomach!

    • Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I usually use pumpkin from a can because it's much less work, but one of these days I should try it fresh.

    • karen-stephens 4 years ago

      Pumpkin is so much fun when you buy it organic in a can..

    • Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Honestly, I am too lazy to deal with a fresh pumpkin --- and the mess. The can is for me.

    • theverysmartguy 4 years ago

      This is a tough one, if I had more time and room FRESH, however since I am lacking the room to deal with a fresh pumpkin then the canned stuff is the only way I can go

    • lclchors 5 years ago

      can it is much easier and less messy

    • Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      No way. I am a fan of Libby's Pumpkin and I use it for all my pumpkin dishes and they turn out great. Why bother with a messy fresh pumpkin when an easy open can will do?

    • texan203 lm 5 years ago

      I prefer the canned it is so much easier.

    Sure! Fresher is better in my book.

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      • JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

        I like fresh pumpkin much better!

      • kmyangel 4 years ago

        Fresh is always better but without time canned pumpkin can save the day :P

      • charlb 4 years ago

        We don't get canned pumpkin over here, at least I never looked. But we are always to used to doing everything fresh from scratch. Might take a bit more time true but I am sure its worth it :)

      • pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

        Fresh, organic pumpkin rind would certainly be better for me, but it is a lot of work!

      • Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

        I think fresh is definitely better but must admit I'm usually lazy and just use a can...

      • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

        I've never used canned pumpkin, but it's hard to imagine anything better than fresh, and it's easy enough to make at home.

      • Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

        Fresh is ALWAYS better - texture and flavour!

      Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - Make Easy Decorations On Your Cookies

      Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
      Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

      These pumpkin cookies look so pretty and from the photos shared with the recipe, the possibilities are endless for how to add yummy toppings!

      The icing sounds very simple to make and would add a nice creative touch I think.

      It would be pretty easy to make flowers, trees, snow men and Angel designs!

      Visit this recipe to learn how to make the Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe.

      Pumpkin Cookies

      Iced Pumpkin Cookies
      Iced Pumpkin Cookies

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      Baking Pumpkin Cookies - How To Video

      I came across this video on Visit this link where she lists her Recipe for Pumpkin Cookies and you can read it there.

      Don't these BIG Pumpkin Cookies look awesome? They remind me of Cinnamon Rolls. Yum!

      I would love to hear what you think about these pumpkin cookie recipes and if you found one you would like to try. :)

      Are You Interested In Trying One Of These Pumpkin Cookie Recipes?

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          Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

          I think choc-chips added to your pumpkin cookies is the perfect holiday treat. But then I love anything pumpkin.

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          Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

          Great pumpkin cookies. I like any pumpkin recipes especially cookie ones.

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          texan203 lm 5 years ago

          Pumpkin cookies are wonderful.

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          Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

          Yum I love pumpkin anything. Great cookie recipe.

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          siskiyoucowgirl 5 years ago

          Yum! These recipes look so good! Thank you for sharing them. I want to make them some time. :)

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          CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

          These pumpkin cookies sound wonderful!

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          flycatcherrr 5 years ago

          Pumpkin baked goods of any kind get a thumbs up in my books. I think I'll be trying your recipe as soon as the pumpkins are ripe!

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          Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

          These look fantastic. I've made pumpkin pies and pumpkin muffins but never pumpkin cookies. I'll have to try them.

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          ernad18 4 years ago

          great lens

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          tourism 4 years ago

          Thanks a lot man.Now the driving will not be bored again when ever i will have to go for a long drive.

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          pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

          Thanks for sharing. I will have to bookmark this page! I love making pumpkin cookies, they are delicious. :)

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          Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

          These pumpkin cookies look good and must be so much easier than making a pie. Angel blessings.

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          Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

          These sound good and I can tell myself I'm eating a vegetable instead of a cookie.

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          kmyangel 4 years ago

          I'm not that in love with pumpkin in general but who knows :)

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          WriterJanis2 4 years ago

          Such a great job on this lens with your cookie recipes. Blessed!

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          getmoreinfo 4 years ago

          Such a great recipe, I like pumpkin cookies they taste great and make for wonderful treats during the holidays.

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          Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

          Yes, I'm now hungry for your pumpkin cookies! I'm with you, I could eat half for breakfast and the rest at dinner!They look easy and delicious, I'm making them soon:) xoxo

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          Tracy R Atkins 4 years ago

          Great Article! Is like baking a big ol plate of FALL! I love it!

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          Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

          My mouth is WATERING! I just had to pin this lens to my Pinterest recipes board so I can try out one or...five...of these recipes. Thanks for the great info!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Yummy recipe, and with pumpkin cookies with get some vitamin A. Oh, I want to do some baking real soon. :)

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          MintySea 4 years ago

          those look good

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          Kristen 3 years ago from Wisconsin

          Yum! Love anything with Pumpkin!

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          Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

          Do you ship out your pumpkin cookies? ;-) It's been too long since I have had some. Yum! Thanks for giving me a craving this morning. Good thing I have all of the ingredients I need to whip up a batch.

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          Delia 3 years ago

          Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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          asereht1970 3 years ago

          Thanks for sharing these nice recipes.

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          poetryman6969 2 years ago

          There is a child's nursery rhyme that says something like "Peter, Peter pumpkin eater". Fortunately, my name is not Peter because I don't like pumpkin pie. I do like pumpkin spice however and that makes me think I might enjoy these cookies.

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