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Pumpkin Cookies

Updated on March 17, 2013

Pumpkin Cookies

Like a pumpkin whoopie pie, these pumpkin cookies have a soft, cakey texture and a cream cheese frosting filling. They are great for Halloween parties or for a unique and tasty alternative to pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

Recipe Ingredients

OK, so they're not the healthiest things you could eat, but they're cookies. They're not supposed to be healthy!

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 oz. can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cans cream cheese frosting, or make your own
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Recipe Instructions

I make these cookies as a sandwich because it is easier to stack and wrap them for storing or travel. Alternatively, you can use the cookies individually and frost them on top for a prettier presentation and smaller portions.

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine oil, pumpkin, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix just until completely blended.
  4. Place rounded tablespoons on a cookie sheet about 1-2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes until beginning to brown slightly.
  6. Transfer cookies to a rack and allow them to cool completely.
  7. Cover flat side of one cookie with frosting and top with another cookie.
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A quick and easy tip

Using an ice cream or cookie scoop makes this recipe go even quicker. Use a smaller scoop if you'll be sandwiching the cookies and a larger scoop for the frosting-on-top alternative.

OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

Use a medium cookie scoop for single cookies with frosting on top.

OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop
OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop

Use this smaller scoop if you'll be sandwiching the cookies.


Cream Cheese Frosting

This cookie recipe is very quick and easy, particularly if you use canned frosting. If you have more time and prefer the frosting less sweet, making your own cream cheese frosting is very simple.

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Beat cream cheese and butter until completely blended. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy.

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      Writing Nag 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      yum! I love baking with pumpkin!

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      Coffeebreak9am 7 years ago

      I have been looking for the right recipe to use the pumpkin on my counter for...I have found it! Thank you!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Definitely, next time I buy a pumpkin!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Well done & blessed.

      I've just added your cookies to my new lens, The Best Cookies Bake Off Ever.

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      I love pumpkin cookies and these look really great! Lensrolled to pumpkin parfait.

    • lakern26 lm profile image

      lakern26 lm 8 years ago

      I've never heard of these before. What a unique spin on the traditional pumpkin pie recipe! They sound yummy! 5* and lensrolled to my Homemade Pumpkin Cake recipe lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      they were i loved them now i make then all the time

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      these cookies are great

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      AslanBooks 9 years ago

      Great Lens...5*'s and favorited. I've added this as a featured lens on my own Pumpkin Pie lens...

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      clouda9 lm 10 years ago

      You can have two which is actually four cookies but you could rightfully argue you are only having two...umm I'll take two ;) please...LOL! I will have to try these for sure!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      These look yummy, and since Rick loves pumpkin, I just might give them a go! - Kathy

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      MrNoodles LM 10 years ago

      These cookies are awesome. nice lens