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Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Icing

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe Perfect for Fall

These pumpkin cookies are soft and chewy with lots of pumpkin spice flavour. Pumpkin cookies are such a wonderful mid day treat, so great for a lunch box. This pumpkin cookie recipe makes 24 really large chewy pumpkin cookies, that you can serve with a cinnamon sugar topping, or add some cream cheese maple icing.

These pumpkin cookies are quick and easy to make, no chilling required.

Why You Should Try These Pumpkin Cookies

The texture is cakey with a slightly crunchy outer layer. These cookies are full of fall flavours, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. These pumpkin cookies are easy to make, no chilling is needed, and its a simple drop cookie. Grab your cookie scoop, and the rolling pin can stay in the drawer. They come with maple icing for the sweet tooth in your family.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cookies

4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin spice

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Maple Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients

This icing is optional but really delicious. I suggest covering half the cookies with the icing and seeing which your family prefers. Hubs likes his plain with sugary coffee, I like mine iced with plain coffee.

4 oz cream cheese

1 cup icing sugar

1 tsp maple extract

Milk to moisten

Pumpkin Cookie Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl add the flour, soda and salt, pumpkin spice.  Mix well, set aside.

A large bowl filled with dry ingredients for making pumpkin cookies.

In the bowl of your mixer cream the butter and oil until high and fluffy.  About 2-3 minutes.  Check out the picture below to see how light and fluffy the the mixture becomes using half vegetable oil.

Add the white sugar a little at a time and continue beating until the sugar is well incorporated.  Turn the mixer off occasionally and scrape down the sides.

Mixing oil, butter, sugar together in a pumpkin cookie recipe

Add the pumpkin and one egg, beat until the egg is incorporated, add the second egg and beat until the second egg is just incorporated.

Turn mixer off, add the flour mixture, start on low mixing the flour ([prevents the flour from dusting your kitchen). Turn the mixer up to cookie speed and mix the dough until soft.

A tray full of pumpkin cookies on a cookie tray.

Using an ice cream scoop place the cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Flatten with either the bottom of a clean glass dipped in flour, or the palm of your hand.  

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar  bake  at  350  for  about 25  minutes.

A tray of freshly baked pumpkin cookies.

Maple Cream Cheese Icing Directions

Beat 4 oz of cream cheese until fluffy.  Add the icing sugar, start on low (keeps the icing sugar from flying everywhere), and then increase the speed.  Add the maple flavouring and beat until fluffy.   Add a tbsp of milk at a time until the icing is as thin as you like.

Ice the top of the cooled cookies, or thin the icing and drizzle over the cookies.

Six large homemade pumpkin cookies on a tray. Three cookies have maple cream cheese icing, and the pumpkin cookies are plain with pumpkin sugar on top.
From scratch pumpkin spice cookie recipe that's soft and chewy

Other Pumpkin Recipes to Try

Pumpkin is one of my families favorite flavours, I think it comes before chocolate which is saying a lot.  Here are some other pumpkin recipes I think you may enjoy.

Pumpkin bread pudding served as a dessert in fancy depression dessert dishes.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

This pumpkin bread pudding is the quintessential comfort food for fall. You can serve it as dessert with whipped cream, or for breakfast with milk. It will always disappear.

No bake umpkin cheesecake recipe, with whipped cream. A fall dessert.

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Smooth, creamy and sweet with all kinds of pumpkin spice flavours. This no bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe includes a ginger crust for extra fall flavour.

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