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Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies

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These simple and easy to make Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies are like little pumpkin bread muffin tops with a soft texture, and a puffy little friendly demeanor. We appreciate your support Top them with the sweet vanilla glaze, and you have a delicious classic fall cookie that everyone will love. And everyone will ask for…

These simple and easy to make Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies are like little pumpkin bread muffin tops with a soft texture, and a puffy little friendly demeanor.

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Pumpkin cookies on a black plate in front of a cooling rack of cookies with a pumpkin in the background

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A bite taken out of a pumkin cookie that I’m holding with out of focus cookies on a tray in the background

Top them with the sweet vanilla glaze, and you have a delicious classic fall cookie that everyone will love. And everyone will ask for your recipe.

These cookies aren’t the typical crunchy cookie texture; they’re more like a muffin top or a small cake. Soft. Puffy. Little cakes. The perfect fall treat.

And they’re delicious with or without the icing. These delightful pumpkin cookies are sure to become a family favorite.

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Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies without icing on a cooling rack and a pumpkin in the background

Only uses part of a can of pumpkin

This recipe uses part of a can of pumpkin, which is great for those times where you needed a little bit for another recipe. This way, the pumpkin doesn’t get wasted.

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glazing the pumpkin cookie with glaze from a spoon

I first started making this recipe back in 1994 when I found it on the back of the canned pumpkin label. I still have that original recipe that I cut out and taped into a 3-ring binder.

It’s so good, and everyone always asks me for the recipe, that I thought I’d share it here.

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orange pumpkin cookies iced and cooling on a rack with a green and an orange pumpkin in the background

Make ahead

The dough can be made ahead of time, and frozen. I like to scoop out the dough into balls and freeze it so that it’s easy to pull out how many cookies you want to bake and pop them into the oven.

Frozen dough will take a little longer to bake than raw dough. Increase the baking time accordingly.

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pumpkin cookie dough in a bowl with two cookies scooped out and a spoon with dough on it

Recipe tips

Line the cookie sheet or baking tray with parchment or a Silpat baking mat, so the cookies don’t burn and stick.

The cookies don’t spread much at all, so you can fit more on the baking tray than you think. Place them close together and they will be fine.

Watch the baking times closely, as the color doesn’t change much between “raw” and “baked”. It’s a subtle golden brown that happens.

Try putting the icing in a plastic bag, and cut a corner off the bag for more control over the cookie drizzle. Or, simply allow the icing to cool and use a spoon to cover the top of each cookie with icing. It’s your choice if you want a stipe-y drizzle, or a dollop drizzle (like I did for the pictures).

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pumpkin cookies cooling on a rack with parchment paper in the background

Additional add-ins you may enjoy

Chocolate chips

Walnuts (or any nut for that matter)

Raisins

I think they would be really pretty with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg over the top of the glaze as well

Make a cream cheese frosting to go over the top instead of the glaze

Or toss in some dried cranberries

Try adding about a half cup of quick oats for a chewier pumpkin cookie

food, amazon, soft old-fashioned pumpkin cookies

These simple and easy to make Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies are like little pumpkin bread muffin tops with a soft texture, and a puffy little friendly demeanor. We appreciate your support Top them with the sweet vanilla glaze, and you have a delicious classic fall cookie that everyone will love. And everyone will ask for…

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Three iced pumpkin cookies on a blackplate

Other delicious fall treats you’ll love

I love fall. So many delicious treat to try. Pumpkin Cake with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, and Pumpkin Candy Bites are all great pumpkin treats. And some of my apple treats: Apple Walnut Cake, and Apple Pie Ice Cream.

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Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

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Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies

These simple and easy to make Soft Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies are like little pumpkin bread cakes with a soft texture, and a puffy little friendly demeanor. Course Breakfast, DessertCuisine AmericanKeyword cookies, pumpkin Prep Time 10 minutesCook Time 15 minutesTotal Time 25 minutes Servings 36 cookies Calories 121kcal Author Debi

Ingredients

Cookie dough:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For cookies:

    Preheat oven to 350° Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

    Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl.

    Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended using a hand mixer, stand mixer or sturdy fork. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

    Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

    Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm and cookies are slightly golden in color.

    Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For Glaze:

Combine powdered sugar, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth. Drizzle or spoon glaze over cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1155IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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