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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with a sweet pumpkin spice glaze. Soft-baked pumpkin cookies with a light and sweet pumpkin flavor.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with a sweet pumpkin spice glaze. Soft-baked pumpkin cookies with a light and sweet pumpkin flavor.  
Course Dessert
Keyword pumpkin dessert, pumpkin sugar cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 160kcal
Author Jessica


Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter softened
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground cloves

Pumpkin Spice Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk or water
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, baking mats, or spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add softened butter, oil, pumpkin, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla and eggs. Use a hand held blender (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) and blend together until smooth and combined. It's ok if it appears lumpy (normal for pumpkin doughs).
  • Add the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and cloves. Blend together on low speed, increase speed as need, until everything is combined and mixed well together.
  • Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball (about the size of a golf ball) place 12 dough balls per cookie sheet.
  • Dip the bottom of a glass cup into granulated sugar and press down on each dough ball to flatten to baout ½-inch thickness. Dip the cup between each cookie. If needed, very lightly spray the bottom of the glass cup.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for about 1-2 minutes before adding the glaze. You want them to still be warm so the glaze softens when it hits the cookie.
  • To make glaze combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Use more or less milk depending on how thick you want the frosting. Spread onto each cookie and let sit for several minutes to harden.


Make sure that you use the pure pumpkin NOT the pumpkin pie filling. 
These cookies store at room temperature. If you are worried about the milk in the glaze, simply use the water. I use the milk and leave them out at room temperature. Just do what you prefer. 
The only change to the recipe was the added nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
If using unsalted butter, increase the salt to ½ teaspoon


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg