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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 1050kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


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


For the Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  • In a medium bowl, sift flour, spices, baking soda and salt together, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening (or butter) and sugar together.
  • Add egg and pumpkin puree, mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Scoop tablespoons onto greased baking sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a greased glass to about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until bottoms are slightly golden brown.

For Icing

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


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.


Calories: 1050kcal | Carbohydrates: 175g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 95g | Vitamin A: 5000IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 5.3mg