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Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I love pumpkin cookies, but wanted something different from the usual cream cheese frosting. This cinnamon frosting is the perfect compliment!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie recipe, frosted cookies, frosted pumpkin cookies, Pumpkin Cookies
Servings: 36
Calories: 148kcal


  • Large Bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Small Mixing Bowl



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • 7.5 ounces pumpkin puree  (not pumpkin pie filling), ½ can
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on how thick you like it)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Add both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined.
  • Beat in pumpkin.
  • Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
  • Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
  • Mix all frosting ingredients together and frost cooled cookies.


  • We recommend following the order of ingredients. The cookies work best when they are combined in that order. 


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg