Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

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  • 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 cookies every year, as well as my famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin bars and pumpkin blondies.

    pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting on top

    Soft pumpkin cookies

    These soft pumpkin cookies are one of my favorite cookie recipes from The I Heart Naptime Cookbook! Whenever I take them anywhere, my friends are always asking for the recipe. 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!

    This is the perfect cookie recipe 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.

    mixing together dough for pumpkin cookies

    How to make pumpkin cookies

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

    1. Mix together wet ingredients. Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Then add the pumpkin and mix until smooth.
    2. Mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt. Add in the wet pumpkin mixture and beat just until combined.
    3. Scoop dough onto sheet. Using a medium cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop pumpkin cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet.
    4. Bake pumpkin cookies. Bake in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.
    5. Let cookies cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    cream cheese frosting for pumpkin cookies

    Frosting for pumpkin cookies

    I absolutely love the frosting on top of these pumpkin cookies. It adds the perfect touch and takes the cookies over the top! I have to admit – the caramel frosting has my heart, although cream cheese frosting tastes amazing on top too. It just comes down to preference!

    Caramel frosting:

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

    Instructions: Add butter, heavy cream and brown sugar in a pan over medium-heat. Whisk until the mixture boils, then let boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from stove and pour in a medium-sized bowl to cool slightly. Then mix in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. Frost the pumpkin cookies immediately (the frosting will harden).

    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

    Instructions: 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!

    frosted pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack

    Quick tips

    • You could skip the frosting and mix in chocolate chips before baking.
    • Make sure the cookies have cooled completely before frosting. You don’t want it to melt!
    • Once the caramel frosting is ready, frost the cookies immediately. It hardens quickly.
    • I like to add a candy pumpkin on top to make them more festive!
    • Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice before serving.

    iced pumpkin cookies on a plate

    Seriously you must make these iced pumpkin cookies this fall! The caramel frosting on the photo above is absolutely heavenly and will literally melt in your mouth. I’ve already made them twice. :) Mmm…so good!

    iced pumpkin cookies with a bite taken

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    iced pumpkin cookies with a bite taken

    Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: pumpkin cookie recipe, pumpkin cookies, soft pumpkin cookies
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Let Cool: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes
    Servings: 36
    Calories: 139
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    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 powdered sugar , sifted
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    • Pinch of salt

    Instructions

    For the Pumpkin Cookies:

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. 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 in the pumpkin mixture and beat just until combined.
    • Using a medium cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop the cookie dough onto the 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

    Cream cheese frosting takes great on top of pumpkin cookies as well. 
    You can also make some of the pumpkin cookies without the frosting and stir chocolate chips into the dough before baking.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1283IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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