Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies just got better with a little pumpkin! This recipe creates soft, chewy, lightly spicy glazed pumpkin sugar cookies that are perfect for Fall!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Original recipe posted September 2013; updated October 2017. Enjoy! xoxo

Soooo, I made cookies the other day. I think it’s safe to say that you, my readers, love your cookies….or is it my cookies?

Just cookies in general.

I posted a picture of these cookies on my Instagram feed and my facebook page and you all went a little nuts. BTW- if you don’t follow me on instagram you’re missing out on a WORLD of boring FUN!! I post lots of random stupid pictures that is in no way a waste of time and/or does not clog up your feed. Like I said, a world of fun. Also included are photos of my children, the occasional sunset and food.

Follow me @laurens_latest. You’re welcome in advance.

Soooo, back to these cookies. SOFT. GLAZED. PUMPKIN. SUGAR. COOKIES.

Yup, that pretty much sums it up.

Pumpkin Cookies
They are easy to make, stay soft for days and are just the right amount of spicy and sweet. Alone they are kind of boring, but with the glaze, they are addicting. Most food is addicting to me though. These are carbs after all. Haaaaaaalo. {Watch this if you don’t know what I just tried to type…skip to 2:20.}

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good sugar cookie. Especially if pumpkin is involved in some way. My only caution: don’t over bake them! You want these to stay tender and moist! I used pumpkin pie spice to give these cookies some jazz, not only in the cookie itself, but in the glaze too. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can check out this recipe to make some yourself.

And if you’re looking for more pumpkin recipes, check out my list here.

Pumpkin Cookies

Enjoy! Have a great weekend 😉


Soft Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

The perfect sugar cookie for Fall! Sweet, spicy and soft!

Yield: 3-4 dozen

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  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree {canned pumpkin}
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • for the glaze-
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. In a large bowl, stir butter, oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla and eggs together until incorporated and smooth. Slowly mix in all dry ingredients until completely incorporated. Scoop onto prepared baking sheet using 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop and flatten to 1/2 inch thick using the bottom of a glass. If the dough is sticking to the glass, press the bottom of the glass in granulated sugar before flattening. Bake 8-9 minutes.
  2. While cookies bake, stir all ingredients together for glaze until smooth.
  3. Once cookies are finished baking, cool 3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons glaze over each warm cookie. Let glaze harden 2-3 hours before serving. OR eat them warm with lots of runny glaze 🙂

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies




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  1. Yay for pumpkin! Love these!

  2. I found an unused bag of sugar cookie mix in the pantry last night. I wanted to make them different but my brain was fried from the work day. I might have to do the whole pumpkin spice thing with that bag. and THEN make another batch from scratch. 😉 These look perfect!

  3. Well these are just perfect! They don’t look as cakey as most pumpkin cookies so YAY for that!

  4. You are the cookie champion, for [email protected]!

  5. These look divine! Im gonna pick up a can of pumpkin and try them this weekend!

  6. These are EXACTLY the kind of cookies I want today!! How did you know? 😉

  7. Mmm, I’m just all over this!

  8. Ooooh, I saw these on pinterest and jumped up to make them right then. They are just cooling on the counter and they are wonderful!

  9. They look so good! I made some soft pumpkin cookies earlier in the week but didn’t put frosting on them…you’re the smart one 🙂 Pinned!

  10. I made these cookies today. They are incredibly soft and the glaze is wonderful. I liked them…..but I found the cookie not very pumpkiny….Maybe it’s just my preferences….I think I am going to try to tweek the pumkin amount a bit. But these cookies are beautiful and soft!

    • mmmmmm. So what did you come up with? Roselyn? How much extra Pumkin?

    • I found the same thing… very soft and moist but not very pumpkiny… I thought I had accidentally added too much flour at first!! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

      • Absolutely need more pumpkin. Next time I will double it.

    • They are very soft but not much pumpkin flavor….I was a little disappointed

  11. Made these tonight & they are really good. I added an extra 1/4 of pumpkin pie spice to the glaze. & if you make them you just have to start off light when glazing the cookies because it will run..But if you put them in the fridge right after glazing then it will dry faster.

    • Ooh, thanks for the tip!

      • Yup, & thank you for this recipe! They didn’t come out cakey like other recipes so these are perfect 🙂

  12. Sugar cookies make me happy. PUMPKIN sugar cookies make me squeal like a little girl!! Thanks so much for the link back Lauren! 🙂 Pumpkin Spice fo’ LYFE!!

  13. I have all the ingredients for these cookies on hand pretty much all the time … LOVE recipes like that! Making these this October fo sho!

  14. King Arthur makes a “Glazing Sugar” you can use that sets up quickly, so you don’t have to wait for it to harden. Just go to their website.

  15. Oh yes! Pinning to a few boards 🙂

  16. I made these to take to an event at work. “Amazing” “Oh my gosh!” “Incredible” Those are the reactions from my coworkers. My husband cannot stay away from them and took some with him. He got the same reactions at work. I haven’t tried them because I am currently on calorie restriction but they smell wonderful!! I am making another batch today to take to a Community Sing at church tomorrow. I love to bake things that “wow” people. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. This was a wonderful recipe. I need to bring the rest to work tomorrow so that I don’t eat them all.

  18. Dear Lord! These look freakin FANTASTIC!!
    I’m going to try converting them to a gluten free version. I just love pumpkin season.

    • Oh please send me your GF version, would greatly appreciate it. I am not good at converting recipes.

    • I made these gluten free tonight. The texture is great. They don’t have much of a pumpkiny taste. Will try adding just a bit more pumpkin and spice. Love a recipe that converts easily to gluten free.

      • I made this recipe with gluten free flour and they were terrible. Very little pumpkin flavor and texture was soft as in crumbly and fell apart. Will not try again!!

    • I’d love to have your recipe for gluten free if you find one or come up with one

  19. Does anyone know how to package and mail these cookies so that they don’t fall apart? I need to send 120 of them to one of my friends.

    Thank you!!

    • Amy, how about a pringles can or cans?

  20. These had a nice soft texture, but for me, had very little pumpkin flavor.

  21. OMG …I just made these and they are THE BEST PUMPKIN cookie EVER !!!! Everyone LOVES them !!!! I used regular Crisco instead of butter and they turned out YUMMY ! Def will be making these again ! Thank you !

  22. For those who added more pumpkin, what other changes did you make to the recipe?

  23. I just made these and they are DELICIOUS! So soft and perfect! I only used 1/4 teaspoon of pupkin pie spice and for the glaze only 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and added 2 tablespoons creamcheese. Yummy(:

  24. Just made and these are so good! I also used half whole wheat flour and a bit more pumkin and still delicious. Thank you!



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