You're going to love these soft cookies full of sweetness and spice. These Old Fashioned Iced Pumpkin Cookies are a wonderful treat.
Recently while discussing all things pumpkin a friend of mine shared that one of his favorite pumpkin treats are the old fashioned pumpkin cookies that he had all the time as a kid. Super soft and with a sweet glaze over the tops.
I didn't really get more details than that, as we had this chat while at the vet, and had to cut it short to see to our cats. So I interpreted his pumpkin cookies memory as a thick, soft treat made with pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice. And with a sugary-cinnamon icing on the tops.
Even if they're not exactly the cookies of his childhood I think he'll approve—since everyone who tries them loves the soft texture and rich flavor!
Why you'll love this recipe
The batter for these cookies comes together without a fuss! And the recipe makes a good heap of cookies, so you'll have plenty for yourself and to share with friends, at cookie exchanges or at potlucks.
And you'll also love them because they're sooo soft and full of sweet, seasonal spices.
🔪 How to make Old Fashioned Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Step 1: Make the batter
Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs, extract, and pumpkin puree. Whisk together the dry ingredients and spices and stir these into the butter mixture.
Step 2: Bake the cookies
Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to portion the batter out on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies for around 20 minutes and then let them cool on a cooling rack.
Step 3: Mix the icing
Whisk together the confectioner's sugar, cinnamon and milk to make a thick, smooth glaze.
Step 4: Ice the cookies
Use a spoon to cover the tops of the cookies with glaze. Allow them to set for about an hour, then enjoy!
These are sure to be your new favorite cookie. They're wonderful for the holidays when we can't get enough of those warming spices. And since the ingredients are available year-round, this recipe should really come out of the recipe box more often: for potlucks, after-school snacks, to have with a cup of homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee, and to gift to a friend.
🧾 The recipe for Old Fashioned Iced Pumpkin Cookies is below, and here are a few more sweets you should try.
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Old Fashioned Iced Pumpkin Cookies
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups solid pumpkin
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ cups confectioner's sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
Make the cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, brown sugar and butter for about 3 minutes.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time until thoroughly mixed in. Add in the vanilla extract and combine. Add in the pumpkin and thoroughly combine with the other wet ingredients.
- In a separate, large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, 3 teaspoons of the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, salt and baking powder.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in two or three additions until everything is just combined.
- Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet using a 1½ tablespoon scoop, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
- Bake the cookies for 18 minutes until they are baked all the way through. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool thoroughly.
Make the icing:
- In a small bowl whisk together the confectioner's sugar and remaining ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir in the milk until it creates a thick icing.
- Spoon the icing over the top of each cookie, then place them on a cooling rack to let the icing set: about 1 hour.
- Serve them up, or store the cookies in a sealed contained for up to three days.
- Makes about 48 cookies.