October 23rd, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

The frosting is the star of these cookies, and it’s a nice change from the cream cheese frosting that often accompanies pumpkin desserts (I love that version too, though).  Really, they’re more like little pumpkin cakes. They’re so moist, I’ve left them out on the counter overnight and they were still fantastic the next day.

These don’t flatten much during baking, and the dough is a bit sticky to flatten it before baking.  I flatten mine slightly with the bottom of a glass just as they come out of the oven.  Once they’re frosted, no one knows!

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

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Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

10Prep Time

10Cook Time

20Total Time

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    Cookies1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Frosting3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in pumpkin.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. To make frosting: In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cream, and brown sugar over medium heat.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to boil; remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  7. Cool then stir in confectioner’s sugar. Spread frosting over cooled cookies.
Who Dished It Up First : Adapted from allrecipes.com




  1. These look so soft and delicious! Caramel is the perfect frosting for these pumpkin cookies!

  2. I have been wanting to try some pumpkin cookies with frosting! These sound really good!

  3. These are quite beautiful little cookies. That frosting takes them over the top!

  4. That caramel frosting is calling my name. This looks like the ideal cookie.

  5. They look really lovely. I might try and make them later on in the week when I carve out my pumpkin for Halloween! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh yum! Pumkpin desserts are some of my favorites! And caramel frosting sounds like it would be great on anything! Great combo!

  7. i have been pumpkin crazy lately! these will be PERFECT for a Halloween potluck I have at work this week.

  8. Once again a WONDERFUL recipe you are sharing with us Danelle!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~avril 🙂

  9. YUM!

  10. I can only imagine how delish those are topped with caramel frosting! Love me some caramel!

  11. I made these a few days ago and they were so good, thank you for sharing.

  12. wow, just found your blog and you have amazing recipes on here! i printed about 10 and I’m just getting started. thanks for sharing! our dinners the next few weeks will be much more exciting.

  13. do you mean 1/2 cup of brown sugar?
    you didnt specify.

  14. So I made these yummy cookies today, but my frosting didn’t turn out as thick as yours, maybe I didn’t let it boil long enough? Or cool down long enough before I added the powdered sugar?

  15. i love anything with pumpkin!! these look heavenly! can’t wait to try them!

    loving your blog! happy new follower! 🙂

  16. found this recipe via pinterest. made them (a few minutes ago) and they were EXCELLENT. :]
    thank you so much for posting!

  17. Mmmm… Made these last night and they were delish. Thanks for the recipe and tips!

  18. These are amazing with a capital “A!” Thanks for sharing your recipe. My favorite part is how they make my house smell – wish I could bottle that scent and turn it into a candle!

  19. I made this recipe into mini-muffin-cupcake thingies instead because they fell apart too easily for me as a cookie but I ADORED the taste. They are PERFECT as mini-muffin-cupcake thingies. I posted about them today on le blog.

  20. Just made these for my first cookie swap AND going to bring a plate to the ladies that work in the office of my boys’ elementary school. Honestly, they are heavenly!! That caramel frosting is just about the best thing out there!! Thanks for posting this!

  21. Just made these Awesome !!!!!!

  22. These are absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for posting. Will be making these again. And again… And again 🙂

  23. I just made this again today for like the twentieth time! Every time I make them and shrare them people always ask me for the recipe and I refer them here. These are my favorite fall cookies!


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