Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

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  • Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Cookies – Melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies with caramel frosting. Simply the best pumpkin cookies out there and a must make this fall!

    This is one of my all-time favorite recipes for fall. I make these cookie every year, as well as pumpkin bars, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin blondies.

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    Frosted pumpkin cookies

    These soft pumpkin cookies are one of my favorite cookie recipes from The I Heart Naptime Cookbook! This is my absolute favorite pumpkin cookie recipe and whenever I take these anywhere, my friends are always asking for it. I just can’t even describe the amazing flavor that the caramel frosting adds. I could seriously eat the frosting all on it’s own! YUM!

    These are the perfect cookie to celebrate autumn, although we love making them year -round, too. The pumpkin cookies are so soft and the caramel frosting is worth making all on it’s own. You could also make these with a cream cheese frosting or mix chocolate chips in the batter for a fun twist.

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    How to make pumpkin cookies

    Scroll down for the printable pumpkin cookies recipe and video tutorial.

    1. To make these pumpkin cookies, all you need to do is cream the butter, brown sugar and sugar in a large bowl.
    2. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Then add the pumpkin and mix until smooth.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt. Add the pumpkin mixture and beat just until combined.
    4. Using a medium cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.
    6. Allow the pumpkin cookies to cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

    Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting

    This pumpkin cookies recipe also tastes amazing with cream cheese frosting. Here’s my favorite recipe for cream cheese frosting:

    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
    • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Beat together with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy. Frost the pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting immediately and enjoy!

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    Quick tips for pumpkin cookies recipe

    • I like to add a candy pumpkin on top to make them more festive!
    • You can make half of the cookies without the caramel frosting and stir chocolate chips into the dough before baking.
    • A cream cheese frosting (recipe above) would be delicious on these pumpkin cookies too.
    • Instead of frosting the tops of the cookies, you could sandwich two cookies together to create a pumpkin whoopie pie.
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice before serving.
    frosted pumpkin cookies

    Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: pumpkin cookies
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    20 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes
    Servings: 36
    Calories: 138kcal
    Author: Jamielyn
    Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Cookies - Melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies with caramel frosting. Simply the best pumpkin cookies out there and a must make this fall!

    Ingredients

    Pumpkin Cookies:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
    • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 teaspoon table salt

    Caramel Frosting:

    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
    • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream (more if needed)
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar (sifted)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    • Pinch of salt

    Instructions

    For the Pumpkin Cookies:

    • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
    • Cream the butter, brown sugar and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Then add the pumpkin and mix until smooth.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt. Add the pumpkin mixture and beat just until combined.
    • Using a medium cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

    For the Caramel Frosting:

    • Combine the butter, heavy cream and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until it comes to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 to 2 minutes.
    • Remove caramel mixture from the stove and pour in a medium size bowl and allow to cool slightly. Mix in the vanilla and powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
    • Frost the pumpkin cookies immediately, as the frosting will begin to harden.

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    Notes

    You can also make some of the pumpkin cookies without the frosting and stir chocolate chips into the dough before baking.
     

    Nutrition

    Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 25.6% | Vitamin C: 0.4% | Calcium: 1.4% | Iron: 2.9%
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    Seriously you must make these pumpkin cookies this fall! The caramel frosting is absolutely heavenly and will literally melt in your mouth. I’ve already made them twice. :) Mmm…so good!

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