Walnut-Pumpkin Cookies


These pumpkin cookies are frosted with maple frosting. There has never been a person who has not LOVED these cookies, even those who do not like pumpkin cookies. It has been a family recipe for 35 years. It has won 1st prize at a cookie exchange and at a pumpkin contest at work. I usually triple the recipe!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

Maple Frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon maple extract, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Mix sugar and shortening together in a bowl. Mix in egg. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix until well combined. Fold in walnuts.

  3. Use small teaspoons or a cookie scoop to drop rounded teaspoonfuls of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges turn golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.

  5. Meanwhile, beat powdered sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until combined. Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a frosting consistency is reached. Fold in maple extract until thoroughly combined.

  6. Spread maple frosting over the cooled cookies.

Cook's Notes:

If you live in a hot climate where buttercream frosting does not hold up, you can add 1/2 cup shortening to the butter.

Unfrosted cookies freeze well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
16g Fat
39g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 177mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 60mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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