Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Packed with all of the flavors of fall and delicious brown sugar icing, these Pumpkin Spice Cookies are the perfect fall treat.  They are soft, chewy, and delicious. Perfect for fall parties or after-school treats.

pumpkin spice cookies with icing

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These pumpkin cookies with icing were a big hit at one of our church functions. By the next morning, I had recipe requests rolling in. That’s always a good sign. I made them as one of my recipe reviews, but as usual,  I changed a couple of ingredients from the magazine.

pumpkin cookies

I love cookies with homemade icing. Other cookies just can’t compete with these made-with-love cookies. The cookie batter is moist and thick, much like a cake batter. The result is a soft-centered cookie that is oh-so-good.

soft pumpkin cookies
  • they are so soft and delicious
  • homemade from scratch
  • the icing is really the “icing on the cake” – the spicy brown sugar is delicious

pumpkin spice cookie recipe


  • coconut oil – coconut oil is a fat ingredient that is solid at room temperature. You can also use unsalted butter
  • sugar – granulated sugar is used to sweeten the cookies
  • brown sugar – brown sugar is another sweetener and helps produce a caramel color
  • egg – use a large egg
  • canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling
  • vanilla extract – vanilla is a flavor enhancer and brings out the flavors of some of the other ingredients
  • all-purpose flour – this provides gluten and elasticity in dough
  • baking powder – helps cookies to rise
  • baking soda – another ingredient that will help cookies puff up
  • ground cinnamon – a great fall spice
  • allspice – another delicious fall spice
  • ground cloves – a strong spice that is often in fall baking
  • salt – salt balances sweetness and is a flavor enhancer
  • chopped pecans – for a bit of a crunch
  • Frosting
  • packed brown sugar – this provides a caramel color and sweetness
  • butter – a fat ingredient that is solid at room temperature
  • milk – use a high in fat milk like 2% or whole
  • powdered (confectioners’) sugar – used as a thickener and a sweetener


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How Do You Make Chewy Pumpkin Cookies?

  1. Cream the oil and sugars
  2. Add the egg and pumpkin – mix 
  3. In another bowl mix flour, soda, and spices
  4. Add the flour to the wet ingredients and mix
  5. Scoop large spoonfuls onto the baking sheet
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes
  7. Prepare Icing and spread over cookies

Other Fall Cookie Recipes:

S’mores Cookies Bars

Gingersnap Cookies

pumpkin spice cookies with icing

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Soft and delicious pumpkin cookies!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 165cal
Author: Melissa


  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans


  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup of 2% milk
  • 2 &1/2 to 3 cups of powdered confectioners’ sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, cream the coconut oil with the sugars
  • Add the egg, pumpkin and extract stir in
  • In another bowl, add the flour, powder, soda, spices and salt – mix well
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, and mix well
  • Stir in the pecans
  • Spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet, about 2 in. apart
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges start to get a little golden
  • Let cool completely before adding the frosting

Making the frosting

  • In a saucepan over med/high heat, melt the butter
  • Add the brown sugar and bring the mixture to a boil
  • Cook for about a minute – stirring constantly
  • Remove from heat and let this mixture cool down quite a bit, to a luke-warm temp.
  • Add the milk and powdered sugar
  • Stir until it is a nice creamy frosting
  • Spread over cookies


Calories: 165cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1652IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

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