Posted by: njbrown | November 9, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Most of the leaves have fallen, and the temperature at night is near freezing.  On a blustery fall day, a cup of tea with cookies is comforting and restorative.I found this recipe on the Web, and added chopped pecans for some crunch.  The cookies have all the nice flavors of pumpkin pie, but are more portable.  If you, like me, don’t know what to do with the unused portion of a can of pumpkin puree after making a pie, this is your answer.

The recipe said that it makes 60 cookies, but I found it made 36 (about 3 inches across).

Special thanks to: Ali

(The mug is from the beautiful Chesterfield Inn in Chesterfield, N. H.  )


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Approximately 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the ½ cup of butter and white sugar.
  4. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients.
  6. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  8. Cool cookies, then spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of glaze on each cookie and top with a sprinkle of chopped pecans.

To Make Glaze:

  1. Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  2. Add milk as needed, to achieve desired consistency.


  1. They look wonderfully fall-ish! I love pumpkin this time of year! They look like they would be a soft cake-like cookie. Love your blog!

    • Hi Jane –

      So nice to hear from you! You are right – they are cakelike.

      Hope you’re not too busy with your business.

      Best wishes,


  2. they really look lovely 🙂

  3. These sound yummy! Chris

    Sent from my iPhone Chris

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