Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing

by kara on October 3, 2011

I love all things pumpkin: pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pasta with pumpkin.   I could go on and on.   Jack has been begging me to bake him cookies.  It is October after all, so I decided to bake pumpkin cookies.  These cookies will most certainly satisfy a craving for pumpkin and spice.  Share these with friends, unless you want to keep dipping your hand in the cookie jar.   This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.

Pumpking Cookies

Adapted  from Minneapolis Star Tribune 4th Annual Holiday Baking edition, 2006

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground ginger

2 cups sugar

1 cup shortening

2 large eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree (organic if available)


5 Tbsp. brown sugar

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter

5 Tbsp. skim milk

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with Sil Pads or parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour together with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.  Set bowl aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add sugar and shortening.  Mix on medium speed until creamy.  Add 1 egg at a time, mixing well.  Add the pumpkin puree, mixing again until combined.

Add the flour mixture slowly to the pumpkin mixture, beating until well combine.

Place rounded spoons of dough 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.  The cookies will appear to be underdone.  Leave on cookie sheets for another 5 minutes.  Transfer to wire rack to cool.  Repeat baking batches.


In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter,  and milk to a boil.  Remove pan from heat, set aside, and cool completely for 1 hour.  Stir in powdered sugar.  Add additional powdered sugar to your liking.

Ice cookies and enjoy!



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

The Realistic Housewife October 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

And here I thought there was cardamom in them… I love nutmeg, though! I also expected the use of yogurt, my husband made peanut butter cookies with yogurt once and they were fluffy like these were. So delicious, glad you shared!

kara October 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I think it might have been the shortening (unfortunately) that made them fluffy. Glad you liked them!

Deb October 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for posting this recipe. I made them today and my whole family loves them. To welcome fall, I’ve made up little bags for my kids’ teachers. YUM!

kara October 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

So happy to hear the cookies were a hit Debora!

SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen October 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

These cookies look wonderful!! We love pumpkin cookies.

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