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Easy Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

These pumpkin cookies are addictive. They’re soft with a touch of spice and rich cream cheese frosting. What more can you ask for? They taste like fall. Best of all, they’re easy to make and cool down quickly, so you don’t have to spend all afternoon on them!

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

The dough is easy – see the recipe below!

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

These cookies don’t spread much in the oven, which is nice.

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

They cook fast – look for slight browning on the bottom edge.

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Let the cookies cool completely before frosting them! Top with a dash of cinnamon for an extra touch of fall.

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Based this recipe on one I found here, but made a few adjustments. Keep them in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients:

for the cookies: 

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

for the frosting: 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup softened Neufchâtel cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2-2 cups powdered sugar

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and then sugar for a few minutes. Beat in the egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  3. Using a spoon, drop dough onto greased cookie sheet. Flatten a bit, you don’t want balls for these. Bake for 12-13 minutes until the bottom edges are just starting to color.
  4. While the cookies cool, make the frosting: beat the butter and neufchâtel cheese. Add the vanilla and incorporate the powdered sugar. Add the minimum amount and taste: different people want different sweetness levels with their frosting, so do it how you like!
  5. Wait until cookies are fully cooled before frosting. Top the frosted cookies with a dash of cinnamon.

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Frosted pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate fall! Try these next time you're looking for the perfect pumpkin recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

These frosted pumpkin cookies REALLY got me in the fall spirit! With these 80 degree temps still showing up regularly, I need all the help I can get. What’s your favorite fall food??

If you need more pumpkin goodness, try chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, pumpkin oatmeal cookies, pumpkin dip (my favorite!) or pumpkin oat bread!

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16 thoughts on “Easy Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

  1. These look so delicious! I am literally salivating as I type this lol! I love anything pumpkin flavored and this is perfect for fall. My sister is coming to visit this week and I think I am going to have to make these with her! 😉

  2. Yum! I am known as the frosting aunt so I had to stop by and honor your request for a comment. They look so good. Makes me want to do some baking as fall settles in here in New England!

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