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Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These soft pumpkin sugar cookies are perfect for Fall. They have the perfect balance of pumpkin, icing, and pumpkin spice. Make them today!

Pumpkin sugar cookies iced and sprinkled on a sheet pan.

Basic sugar cookies are always delicious, and adding pumpkin just makes them even better! I wanted to try my hand at developing pumpkin sugar cookies this year and I love how it turned out! I think it’s the perfect balance of pumpkin and spice with that classic sugar cookie texture and taste.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

Not only are these pumpkin sugar cookies delicious, they are super easy. No refrigerating or rolling out dough required. I always hate waiting for refrigeration steps – I just want to eat the cookies!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

Creaming the ingredients together is always the key to soft cookies!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

And I just love the way the freshly grated nutmeg looks. If you have never purchased whole nutmeg and grated it yourself, do it! It can be purchased online or in specialty food stores. And it is very affordable!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

If you’d like to cut these into adorable shapes, you would need to roll out the dough. {How cute are these Fall theme cookie cutters?!? And these sprinkles?!}

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

But if you’re lazy like me, just scoop rounded tablespoons onto your cookie sheets and flatten them out with the bottom of a glass.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

I like mine a little thick, so I leave them about 1/2 inch thick. Just make sure they are all the same thickness or they won’t bake evenly. This dough will not spread out very much at all, so how they go into the oven is how they will come out.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

To finish the cookies, I kept the icing basic white and sprinkled the tops with cinnamon. The touch of cinnamon added to the pumpkin flavor and made these soft pumpkin sugar cookies even more perfect!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

I didn’t use a cream cheese frosting, I just used my classic sugar cookie frosting which is just a basic powdered sugar frosting.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

If you wanted to make it a cream cheese frosting, that would be delicious! In the recipe, just replace the 2 tablespoons melted butter with 1 tablespoon softened butter and 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese. Any way you ice them, these soft pumpkin sugar cookies are to die for.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

What are some of your favorite variations on classic soft sugar cookies?

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Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These soft pumpkin sugar cookies are perfect for Fall. They have the perfect balance of pumpkin, icing, and pumpkin spice. Make them today!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin sugar cookies, soft pumpkin sugar cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 dozen cookies
Calories 1050 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup shortening OR butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Icing

  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar enough to make a spreadable icing that won't drip

Instructions

For the Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).

  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, spices, baking soda and salt together, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream shortening (or butter) and sugar together.
  4. Add egg and pumpkin puree, mix well.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Scoop tablespoons onto greased baking sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a greased glass to about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until bottoms are slightly golden brown.

For Icing

  1. Combine butter, milk, and vanilla.
  2. Add powdered sugar until the icing is spreadable and won't drip off the cookies.
  3. Ice cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon to finish.

Recipe Notes

If you'd like to cut these into shapes, you would need to roll out the dough.

I like mine a little thick, so I leave them about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Just make sure they are all the same thickness or they won't bake evenly. This dough will not spread out very much at all, so how they go into the oven is how they will come out.

If you wanted to make the frosting a cream cheese frosting, that would be delicious! In the recipe, just replace the 2 tablespoons melted butter with 1 tablespoon softened butter and 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1050 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 639mg 27%
Potassium 196mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 175g 58%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 95g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 100%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 29.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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These soft pumpkin sugar cookies are perfect for Fall. They have the perfect balance of pumpkin, icing, and pumpkin spice. Make them today!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    These are my favorite holiday cookies! Perfect for the fall mood.

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    November 27, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    I love all of

  • Reply
    Trailerparkdiva
    November 11, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    These look great. Just what I needed to take something different for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much.

    • Reply
      Alli
      November 12, 2016 at 1:07 PM

      Thank you! Let me know what you think of them 🙂

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