This delicious pumpkin spice cookie recipe is easy to make and fun to share. These drop cookies are quick, easy, and perfect for the holidays.
There’s nothing quite like the holidays and baking cookies. It’s a magical time of year. Get started now with these delicious pumpkin spice cookies.
They’re rolled in sugar, perfectly shareable, and irresistible. Add some variety to your Christmas cookie plates or devour these for Thanksgiving instead. Pumpkin spice cookies are a versatile treat that can be truly enjoyed all year long.
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If you like making cookies but need something that is more geared towards fall and the pumpkin spice craze we have got you covered. Today we’re sharing a pumpkin spice cookie recipe that is really easy and delicious.
Everyone will enjoy these cookies. They’re not overly spiced which means even if you don’t fully love and embrace the pumpkin spice craze you might still enjoy these drop cookies.
A really nice aspect of this recipe is just that…it’s a drop cookie recipe. No need to make these perfectly round, roll out the dough, or mess with cookie cutters.
Pumpkin cookies are great because they’re always super moist. The pumpkin acts as a binder but also helps to keep the cookies really moist and flavorful. No worries about overly crunchy cookies here!
How many cookies does this recipe make?
This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies depending on how big you make them. I usually try and make them on the smaller side and I never have trouble getting 24 cookies per batch.
If you like to make your cookies bigger you can definitely do that there will just be less cookies in each batch.
I almost always double the batch because we eat some and give some away or share them during holiday parties so it’s a good idea to make extras if you want! That said, if you just want to make a few cookies you can easily cut the recipe in half as well.
Is there pumpkin in these cookies?
Absolutely. We’re using pure pumpkin puree which you can get from a can or you can make your own with this tutorial.
Including pumpkin not only gives these cookies a great flavor it also adds nutrients and moisture. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which makes it a sneaky great addition to baked goods and other recipes that might not be very nutritionally dense!
The pumpkin also gives these cookies a great texture since it keeps the cookies soft and moist. It’s an all around great addition to most baked goods if you like pumpkin flavor.
Can these pumpkin cookies be made gluten free?
You can absolutely make these pumpkin spice cookies gluten free. I would recommend using a mix like this in place of the regular flour.
The King Arthur gluten free baking flour is great for making all kinds of great baked goods and it replaces regular flour really nicely so you shouldn’t have any problems with texture, baking time, or moisture levels.
There are other gluten free baking blends out there that work really well too. I’ve used the Pillsbury one, as well as the Bob’s Red Mill one and they are all really nice to cook and bake with so don’t get too hung up on which one you grab.
What do I need to make these delicious fall cookies?
This recipe uses flour, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pretty standard ingredients for a cookie recipe with the addition of our pumpkin additives.
You will also need some pumpkin spice and white sugar for rolling the cookies in before they are placed on the sheets and popped into the oven.
Kitchen essentials for tasty cookies:
When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.
I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are great for all kinds of baking and not just cookies! My husband loves them for making biscuits, pizzas, and more!
Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!
How to make pumpkin spice cookies:
Let’s take a look at how easy it is to make these delicious sugar coated pumpkin spice cookies.
Don’t forget you can also find the full list of ingredients, instructions, helpful shopping links, and even nutritional estimates in the printable recipe card a the bottom of the post!
Cream butter and sugars together for 3 minutes.
Add in eggs and mix for another minute.
Blend in pumpkin puree and mix for a moment.
Add vanilla, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
Begin adding the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until everything is incorporated.
Cover the dough and refrigerate for 90 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a small dish, mix the sugar and pumpkin spice for rolling.
Using a small spoon or a cookie dough scoop, make small balls of dough and drop them into the pumpkin spice sugar. Roll the balls around in the sugar mixture until all sides are evenly coated.
Place the cookies on a cookie sheet about 2” apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden brown.
Looking for more pumpkin cookie recipes?
If you like making pumpkin cookies we’ve got you covered with some other delicious options to try. There’s no shortage of great holiday cookie recipes out there. Try out some of our favorites:
Printable Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies:
- 5 cups of flour
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of pure pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- A Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice, for rolling
- ¼ cup of white sugar, for rolling
- Cream butter and sugars together for 3 minutes.
- Add in eggs and mix for another minute.
- Blend in pumpkin puree and mix for a moment.
- Add vanilla, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
- Begin adding the flour, one cup at a time, and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Cover the dough and refrigerate for 90 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small dish, mix the sugar and pumpkin spice for rolling.
- Using a small spoon or a cookie dough scoop, make small balls of dough and drop them into the pumpkin spice sugar. Roll the balls around in the sugar mixture until all sides are evenly coated.
- Place the cookies on a cookie sheet about 2” apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden brown. 5 cups of flour
1 cup of softened butter
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of packed brown sugar
½ cup of pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
A Pinch of salt
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g
I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.
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