The Best Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

by Marcy on November 9, 2014 · 0 comments

best pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting recipe

This weekend we were invited to watch the OSU football game with some friends, and I decided to make cookies. I am forever making chocolate chip cookies because I can whip them up quickly, but the cool fall temperatures called for something a little bit different.

My mom has been making the BEST pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting for years – from a recipe given to her by my grandmother. They are always a huge hit!  These are also a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table, and are less hassle to make than many traditional Thanksgiving desserts.

The original recipe calls for chocolate chips, but they are totally optional. Sometimes I’ll divide the batter and put chocolate chips in half of it  so that we have some variety. And instead of Cream Cheese Frosting, my mom sometimes makes Maple Sugar Frosting instead. That’s something I’m going to have to try and share with you another time…it is so yummy!

When it comes to baking I do splurge and use King Arthur Flour and good vanilla. But I try my best to save on the rest of my ingredients.

FRUGAL SHOPPING TIP: Right now is a great time to stock up on canned pumpkin and other baking essentials (I like ALDI‘s prices) – so be sure to grab some extra supplies so that you can whip these cookies up when the snow hits the ground. These pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting are amazing with a cup of hot coffee, tea or spiced cider!

After I baked and iced these cookies yesterday, I carefully selected 3 of the “best” cookies to photograph today. I put them in a separate container and placed them in the fridge with the larger container of the not as perfect cookies. Wouldn’t you know that when I went to the fridge to grab my photo worthy cookies a little bit ago, someone (who shall remain nameless!) had gotten into them late last night…and ate all 3! So I was left to select a new trio of cookies to share. Blogger problems, right?! ;-)

best pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting recipe

I am typically not a fan of pumpkin flavored anything, but these cookies are hands down some of the best cookies I have made or eaten. They are moist, flavorful and absolutely delicious, and I hope that you’ll try them and enjoy them as much as my family  and I do!

The Best Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

The Best Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Serves: 28 cookies

For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
For the Frosting
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 16 oz box confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
For the Cookies:
  1. Combine butter, sugars and vanilla.
  2. Add egg and pumpkin and mix until combined.
  3. Add spices and flour until combined - do not over mix.
  4. Add quick oats and chocolate chips (optional).
  5. Drop cookies on to a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting:
  1. Combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
  2. Slowly mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  3. If the frosting seems too runny, add a bit more sugar if needed.
  4. Frost the cookies when they are completely cool.
  5. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

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