Easy Pumpkin Cookies



If you’re looking for some easy (but really yummy) pumpkin cookies, then look no further. These are the perfect fall cookies to make once the leaves change — they’re great for Halloween and Thanksgiving, too.

Although the cream cheese icing is good, I like them better without the icing.  So, be sure to try some without icing.

Also, if you want to try something different, add a handful of chocolate chips. But, don’t add too many or they’ll take over and drown out the pumpkin flavor. (We made this mistake on a batch and it was too much.)

If you’re looking with some other pumpkin recipes, try out Pumpkin, a Super Food for All 12 Months of the Year or Cooking with Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie.

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Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing


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Easy Pumpkin Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 30-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
Cream Cheese Icing
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together shortening and sugar. Add eggs and mix until combined.
  3. Add canned pumpkin and mix until combined.
  4. To the canned pumpkin mixture, mix in vanilla and flour. Then, add cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely if icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Combine softened cream cheese and softened butter.
  2. Gradually mix in the sifted confectioners sugar.
  3. Add vanilla extract.
  4. Mix until smooth.
  5. Ice each cookie with the cream cheese icing. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice on top.

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