Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting


These soft, cake-like pumpkin cookies smell wonderful and are a great reminder of autumn. The recipe came from my great-grandmother and yields a small batch, so we sometimes double it. The caramel frosting is glaze-like and quite thin, so it helps to place the cooled cookies on waxed paper while frosting. I usually use an entire can of pumpkin, rather than letting a small portion of it go to waste. Store in an airtight container for very soft cookies, store in a loosely covered container for firmer cookies.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
3 dozen cookies



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg, or to taste

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ½ cup raisins


  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons milk

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract


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

  2. Cream butter and brown sugar for cookies together in a bowl with an electric mixer. Stir in pumpkin, then egg. Add baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in flour. Mix in walnuts and raisins.

  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  4. Bake each sheet on the bottom rack in the preheated oven for 6 to 7 minutes; continue to bake on the top rack until edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more. Continue with remaining cookie sheets in this manner. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  5. While the cookies cool, melt brown sugar, milk, and butter for frosting in a medium pot over low heat. Bring to a boil; continue to boil mixture for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool for 3 to 10 minutes. The longer the mixture is cooled, the thicker the frosting will be on the cookies.

  6. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the frosting mixture, stir well, and drizzle or spread onto cooled cookies. Allow the cookies to cool for 1 to 2 hours before stacking.

Cook's Note:

White or dark brown sugar can be substituted for light brown sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
8g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 67mg 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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