After getting this recipe from a friend, I have made them over 100 times for family and friends and they are always a hit, especially around Halloween and Thanksgiving! As far as the spices go, less is more; this is not a full-on pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread/cake. They're light and moist cookies with a taste of fall in every bite!

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

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  • Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and ginger together in a bowl. Beat 1 cup butter, white sugar, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and egg with an electric mixer in a separate large bowl, beating until mixture is smooth. Beat in pumpkin puree. Gradually stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture. Batter will be moist.

  • Spoon batter by teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool for about 5 minutes on sheets before removing to finish cooling on waxed paper.

  • Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft and creamy. Beat in confectioners' sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Frost cooled cookies with cream cheese frosting.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 115 mg sodium. 20.6 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
My first time posting a review. I posted a photo too. I made these last night for a church carry-in dinner. They must have looked appetizing because I didn't have any to bring home! I made them according to the directions using my 2 Tbs Pampered Chef cookie scoop and got 53 cookies (12 to a sheet). I made 26 cookie sandwiches with the frosting. See my photo. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2013
The cookie was really soft and not very sweet. With the frosting it was a little better but still more bland of a cookie than what I was hoping for. Read More
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130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 89
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
My first time posting a review. I posted a photo too. I made these last night for a church carry-in dinner. They must have looked appetizing because I didn't have any to bring home! I made them according to the directions using my 2 Tbs Pampered Chef cookie scoop and got 53 cookies (12 to a sheet). I made 26 cookie sandwiches with the frosting. See my photo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
My first time posting a review. I posted a photo too. I made these last night for a church carry-in dinner. They must have looked appetizing because I didn't have any to bring home! I made them according to the directions using my 2 Tbs Pampered Chef cookie scoop and got 53 cookies (12 to a sheet). I made 26 cookie sandwiches with the frosting. See my photo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2013
5 starts with the following minor changes: LOVE these 'cookies'! My husband and I don't particularly like super sweet desserts so this was perfect. The cake-cookie is moist rich and delicious but not too sweet then you put cream cheese frosting on it which is sweet and it has the perfect balance. I made some of the changes other people did (increased flour to 2.5 cups used 2 eggs) also for spices I added 1/2 tsp of cloves (which I use in my pumpkin pies) and increased Cinnamon to 1 1/4 tsp. As for the cream cheese frosting I like mine more "cream cheesy" so I used: One 8oz package cream cheese blend with 1/2 cup butter add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract then slowly beat in 1 cup of powdered sugar or slightly more as desired for sweetness/stiffer consistency. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2012
So good! These are like eating the top of a cupcake (the best part). They go great with a cup of coffee. I did add 1/2 t. of kosher salt to the dry ingredients and I'm glad I did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2014
I have tried so many recipes for pumpkin cookies and am never impressed. This recipe was fantastic with the following changes. As others suggested I increased flour to 3 cups and used 2 eggs. I also increased sugars to 1 cup each to make them slightly sweeter. For the frosting I did 1/2 cup butter 8oz cream cheese and 3 cups powdered sugar and beat for 5 minutes until whipped. perfect for fall!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2012
They turned out great - beware of under-cooking them but the flavor is great and they're very moist and cake-like. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2012
I love these cookies! I had two make two batches of them because they were so delicious I could not get my husband to stop eating them! I had read they were better after 24 hours but I wouldn't know because they were gone in less then that! Be careful not to under bake these! I did raise the oven temp to 375 and bake for 13 minutes. Also the recipe calls for a 3oz package of cream cheese I assumed that was a typo and used and 8oz package and the frosting was really yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2012
I made these for my family one night and they were gone the next morning.:) Only things I would change are: - move flour up to 3 cups and add 2 eggs instead of 1. This is so the cookies have more structure. They still have the same delicious flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2012
These cookies tasted great! But the consistency was too flimsy. I added 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 Crisco butter flavored and they are NOW 5 star! They are still cake like and moist but they have a golden light brown crisp right around the edge and they dont fall aprt. I baked at 375 degrees. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2012
These cookies and frosting were fantastic. I did the recipe exactly as written including the frosting. Everyone loved them!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2013
The cookie was really soft and not very sweet. With the frosting it was a little better but still more bland of a cookie than what I was hoping for. Read More
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