Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Indulge in the cozy flavors of fall with Pumpkin Cookies topped with creamy and delicious Cream Cheese Frosting. These soft and flavorful cookies are perfect for enjoying during the autumn season or anytime you’re craving a sweet treat.

Why Make This Recipe

Pumpkin cookies are a seasonal favorite that can bring a taste of the harvest to your dessert table. The addition of cream cheese frosting adds a rich and tangy element that perfectly complements the warm spices in the cookies. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply want to treat yourself, these cookies are sure to be a hit.

How to Make Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly grease baking sheets.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and ginger in a bowl.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat 1 cup butter, white sugar, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and egg until smooth. Mix in pumpkin puree. Gradually add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture.
  4. Spoon batter by teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes on sheets before transferring to waxed paper to finish cooling.
  6. Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until frosting is smooth. Frost cooled cookies with cream cheese frosting.

How to Serve Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Serve these delightful cookies as a dessert after a comforting autumn meal or pack them as a sweet treat in lunchboxes. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk or a warm cup of tea.

How to Store Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate in a sealed container for up to a week.

Tips to Make Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Ensure the pumpkin puree is well-drained to prevent excess moisture in the cookie batter.
  • For a more pronounced spice flavor, increase the amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to suit your taste preference.
  • Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting.


For a seasonal twist, add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top of the cream cheese frosting for an extra burst of fall flavor.


  1. Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin puree? Yes, you can substitute fresh pumpkin puree for canned. Just make sure to drain off any excess moisture.

  2. Can I freeze the cookies with the cream cheese frosting? It is not recommended to freeze the cookies once they are frosted as the texture of the frosting may change upon thawing.

  3. Can I reduce the amount of sugar in the cream cheese frosting? Yes, you can adjust the amount of confectioners’ sugar in the frosting to suit your taste preferences.