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Pumpkin cookies with brown sugar frsoting on a white plate with maple leaves in the background.

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies


These Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting are soft and cake-like. This quick and easy recipe is a delicious autumn treat to enjoy and share with family at a fall parties or family potlucks.


1 cup butter, softened at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups pure pumpkin (I used 1/2 of a large 17 ounce can)

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 to 3 Tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar for 1 minute.  
  3. Add egg and vanilla extract and stir until well combined.
  4. Stir in pumpkin puree.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ground nutmeg. 
  6. Use a wooden spoon to gradually stir in the flour mixture into wet ingredients.
  7. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets.  Leave 2 inches between each cookie.  
  8. Bake in 350°F oven for 12 to 14 minutes.  Cool one to two minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire cooling rack.  Cool cookies completely before frosting.
  9. Brown Sugar Frosting:  In medium saucepan over low-medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar.  
  10. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.  
  11. Stir in 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.  Test for consistency by running a knife through the frosting.  You might need to add a little more milk (1 teaspoon at a time) or a bit more powdered sugar to read a nice spreadable consistency.  
  12. Frost cooled cookies.


Storage & Freezing Instructions:

Store cooled and frosted cookies in airtight container for up to five days. 

Cookies may be frozen without the frosting in an airtight container for up to two months. Thaw at room temperature, then frost as desired.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 131
  • Sugar: 11.9 g
  • Sodium: 71.4 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.1 mg