Iced Pumpkin Cookies

September 8, 2016

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Soft and tender spiced pumpkin cookies are topped with a sweet vanilla icing and finished with sprinkles for added festive color. Such a tempting cookie you’ll want to make again and again every fall season!

Stack of soft pumpkin cookies with a vanilla icing and fall sprinkles set on a brown serving plate.

The Perfect Pumpkin Recipe!

Today was a good day because I opened up my first can of pumpkin of the season and made pumpkin cookies! So of course, how could it not be a good day right?

This time of year I always get carried way with the pumpkin desserts so why not get an early start? To me September is the official start of pumpkin baking and I can’t wait for the weeks and months ahead!

Picture of canned pumpkin used for pumpkin cookies.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with an Easy Icing!

I decided to start things off right with these super soft and purely irresistible Iced Pumpkin Cookies!

I thought that I’ve tried just about every kind of pumpkin cookie out there but I’d never thought to make a simple iced version until recently.

After just one bite of these all I have to say is where have they been all my life?? Oh my goodness are these things dangerous!

Pumpkin cookie batter in a mixing bowl.

They are a moist, cake-like cookie and they are addictive. No one could stop at just one cookie!

Basically I’m going to have to wait a few weeks until I make them again because all self-control just went flying out the window. Definitely worth every calorie though.

And now I’ll just dream about them tonight, these little pillowy clouds of pumpkin perfection with sweet vanilla icing and lots of sprinkles.

Spooning icing over pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

How to Make Iced Pumpkin Cookies

  • Preheat oven.
  • Whisk dry ingredients.
  • Cream butter and sugars in electric mixer.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla, then pumpkin.
  • Mix in flour mixture.
  • Scoop dough out and transfer to lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until set.
  • Let cool then drizzle with icing.

Overhead shot of pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

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Close up image of stack of pumpkin cookies on a green plate.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Soft and tender spiced pumpkin cookies are topped with a sweet vanilla icing and finished with sprinkles for added festive color. Such a tempting cookie you'll want to make again and again every fall season!
Servings: 36 cookies
Prep25 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes



  • 2 1/2 cups (354g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (230g) canned pumpkin puree


  • 2 cups (250g) powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp half and half or milk
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves for 20 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined. 
  • Mix in egg and vanilla then blend in pumpkin. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. 
  • Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time* and drop onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, spacing cookies 2-inches apart.
  •  Bake in preheated oven 12 - 15 minutes (they should look puffy and set). Let cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For the icing: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp half and half, butter and vanilla until well blended. Thin with more half and half as needed.
  • Spoon and spread icing over cooled cookies, if using sprinkles immediately add sprinkles after spreading glaze over each cookie before the icing starts to set**. Let rest at room temperature to allow icing to set.


  1. I used a small cookie scoop, alternately you can just use two spoons one to scoop and one to scrape it from the other spoon. If it is too sticky you can chill for 30 minutes if needed.
  2. Alternately you can dust them lightly with cinnamon or mix 1/2 tsp cinnamon into the glaze.
  3. Recipe source: adapted from allrecipes and Nestle
Nutrition Facts
Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1095IU22%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.