These super Soft Pumpkin Cookies with a maple frosting are one of my favorite fall desserts! These homemade pumpkin cookies are full of sweet pumpkin pie spices and topped with an easy maple frosting that complements these soft-baked pumpkin cookies perfectly! A step-by-step video too!
I’m kind of obsessed with these Soft Pumpkin Cookies! They totally melt-in-your-mouth and make for an easy fall dessert perfect for any (and I do mean any) occasion!
Do you have a fall bucket list?
I’m not really a list person so I’ve never made one (nor do I think I’ll be starting anytime soon), but I’m sure if I did have one it would include a lot of things like ‘going to an apple farm and drinking apple cider’ or ‘carving a pumpkin’ or ‘going to a pumpkin patch’ (to get that pumpkin to carve).
I don’t know. While none of those things sound overtly creative (or like brand new information), they sure do sound very traditionally fall-ish (and like I should probably actually make these things happen in reality because those things sure do sound pretty darn festive).
Technically, I did already go to a pumpkin patch, so I guess I’m well on my way to completing that non-existent fall bucket list. (High-fives for me!)
(Howevs, I did not buy a pumpkin to carve, because if I’m being honest and transparent, the three times I’ve tried I nearly sliced off a finger. Given my history, I don’t really see myself escaping that fate a fourth time.)
Another thing I’d add to my fall bucket list are these super soft pumpkin cookies. They’re kind of like melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies and I’m not entirely sure fall would be the same without these bad boys.
I’m a big fan of all things pumpkin during the fall (this Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie is amazing), and I am not selective when it comes to pumpkin desserts.
I’ll take the pumpkin in any form.
Pumpkin Pecan Banana Bread? Absolutely.
Pumpkin Spice Cracker Toffee? You betcha.
These easy pumpkin cookies (with a maple frosting??)? 100% yes.
But I’m going to let you in on a little secret here.
These ridiculously super soft pumpkin cookies are practically irresistible. They might not be chewy pumpkin cookies, but their soft-baked quality is absolutely unbeatable. I wouldn’t want these cookies any other way. ❤️
How do make these easy Soft Pumpkin Cookies?
Let’s break this recipe down a bit:
- First things first, let’s talk about how easy this recipe is. Everything is mixed together in a bowl (so it’s a one-bowl pumpkin cookie recipe!), and you know what? You don’t even need to use a hand or standing mixer.
- Let’s talk about the maple frosting. I know everyone loves a good soft pumpkin cookie with cream cheese frosting. I do too! But. I love maple. I mean, it’s my top tier flavor of fall so obviously I had to incorporate into this recipe.
- However, if you are not a frosting person you can easily leave the frosting off. These cookies are perfect as is, or you can even dust some powdered sugar on top of them.
- Lastly, if you do use the maple frosting, I would suggest keeping these in the fridge. Not only do they taste great cold, it helps keep the frosting ‘set.’
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- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2-2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until well combined.
- Add in the egg, and mix until well combined.
- Add in pumpkin puree, mixing until combined.
- Next, add in allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until everything is combined.
- Add in flour and mix until flour is well incorporated.
- With a small-med sized cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp), scoop dough and place evenly on your prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 12-13 minutes, or until cookies are set. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- With a standing mixer or hand mixer beat butter until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add in maple syrup and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined.
- Add in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until well combined (beginning with 1 1/2 cups).
- Add in 2 tsp of milk and beat until combined.
- If frosting feels too runny, add in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. If it feels too thick, add in the remaining tsp of milk.
- Spread frosting on cookies.