Pumpkin Spice Cake Cookies


30 cookies

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

20 minutes



About this Recipe

Recipe from Bake with Anna Olson
by Random House, 2016

Soft and spiced, these pumpkin cookies will get snapped up in a hurry. It’s hard to eat just one! To create a pumpkin spice whoopie pie, pipe or spread the cream cheese frosting on the bottom of one cookie and sandwich it with another, or use these as a soft and easy-to-eat base for an autumn ice cream sandwich.


  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (250 g) pure pumpkin purée
  • 2 ½ cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg


    • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • ½ pkg (125 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 2-3 cups (260-390 g) icing sugar, sifted
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
    • ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

    Step by Step Instructions

    Step 1

    Preheat to the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

    Step 2

    Beat the butter and both sugars together (by hand or with electric beaters) until smooth and then beat in the egg. Add the pumpkin purée and stir in well.

    Step 3

    In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices and add this to the pumpkin batter, stir until evenly mixed. Use an ice cream scoop (#40) and scoop cookies onto the baking trays, leaving 2-inches (50 mm) between them. Bake the cookies for 17-20 minutes, until they lift easily from the tray. Allow the cookies to cool on the trays before frosting them.

    Step 4

    For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and then add 1 cup (130 g) of the icing sugar, beating well. Add the vanilla and an additional cup of icing sugar, beating until fluffy and adding additional icing sugar until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.

    Step 5

    Pipe or spread the frosting onto each cookie and enjoy. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of each frosted cookie. The cookies will keep in an airtight container for a day, or refrigerated for 3 days (but best enjoyed at room temperature.)