Nothing says Christmas like pumpkin sugar cookies! The warm spicy smell of these little pumpkin cookies permeates the kitchen beckoning to every hungry tummy within smelling distance.
Sugar cookie recipes make their grandest appearance during the holiday season – many times with fruit cookies as their faithful companion! I’m only too happy to host cookies of all kinds, especially the last few months of the year.
If you’re also a seasonal cookie connoisseur, join me on a fun full-flavored adventure starring this tasty pumpkin sugar cookies recipe!
I am in love with this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe! That sweet crunchy cookie texture calls to me with its warm pumpkin undertones. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated so it doesn’t take all day to make.
Plus, you can decorate these sweet little gems to up your Christmas cookie game. Here are some other awesome qualities.
- Crunchy slightly chewy texture
- Sweet cookie flavor with pumpkin undertones
- Make and bake recipe
- Fun to decorate
- Great to make with kiddos
This pumpkin sugar cookies recipe makes the season a little brighter and they are just so fun to make! The flavor is delightful, and the decorations just add to their welcoming beauty.
People always smile when they see a plateful of these babies coming their way. Here are all the easy tips and tricks.
Butter – The secret to great cookies is using the right temperature ingredients. Room temperature butter is typically between 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s soft but spreadable and it can hold air. During the creaming process, the sugar crystals cut tiny pockets into the butter for the air to gather.
Here’s a little more about the process which is the same with the cream cheese.
Sugar – It’s important to use the mixture of granulated and powdered sugar for these cookies. The powdered sugar helps add to the sweet creaminess and the granulated sugar punches the necessary holes in the butter to capture the air.
Pumpkin Puree – You’ll want to use pumpkin puree for this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe. It’s easy to grab pumpkin pie filling because they both have Pumpkin on the label. Pumpkin pie filling typically contains squash and other spices, so it’ll change the flavor and possibly the texture of your cookies.
Salt – It may seem counterintuitive to add salt to a pumpkin sugar cookies recipe but just a little salt goes a long way. It actually enhances the sweetness and reduces bitterness which makes these cookies even more phenomenal.
All-Purpose Flour – Using all-purpose flour is best for these cookies. Self-rising flour already has leavening agents in it which can mess up a recipe that doesn’t call for it. Since you’re adding baking soda to your pumpkin sugar cookies, all-purpose flour is ideal.
Cream of Tartar – Don’t skip the cream of tartar. While it’s origin may be a bit of a mystery, it’s vital to your cookie recipe. When combined with baking soda, cream of tartar produces carbon dioxide to act as a leavening agent.
Your pumpkin sugar cookies will keep best in a food-grade plastic container in the fridge. This pumpkin sugar cookies recipe has cream cheese and egg in it, so they do need to go into the fridge. Putting a piece of bread in the container will help absorb moisture and keep your cookies fresh.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes!! You can freeze the cooled decorated cookies, or you can freeze the raw cookie dough. You can also make a batch of cookies, toss them in the freezer and thaw them when you’re ready to decorate. If you’re freezing raw cookie dough, it helps to portion out the cookies first.
Make Ahead Tips
I like to whip up a big batch and freeze the raw cookie dough. Then I can turn on my oven and bake up some pumpkin sugar cookies whenever the mood strikes! If you look in my freezer, you’ll see a myriad of cookie flavors all labeled and dated just waiting for my attention. I assure you – they’ll get it.
How Long Can You Keep This?
Once you’ve baked up a big batch of this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe and tossed it in the fridge, it’ll stay good for at least a week. They’ll probably stay fresh longer, but I like to err on the side of caution.
If you’re stacking cookies in the container, you may want to separate layers with some wax or parchment paper.
Changing up this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe is so totally simple, but you do have to be a little cautious. If you change the recipe too much it won’t come out the same. Here are a few tasty suggestions.
Can I Add Chocolate Chips?
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are to die for but I’m somewhat of a chocolate fanatic. Making this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe is so much fun and it really brings out the holiday spirit. Of course, if you’re also a chocoholic you can always make banana chocolate chip cookies or add a fruity twist with strawberry chocolate chip cookies.
Can I Use Lemon Instead?
Adding lemon may change the consistency of this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe but I can certainly understand the craving for lemon sugar cookies. If lemon is your jam, you can throw down with some lemon drop cookies or smooth sweet lemon ricotta cookies. You can never have too many wonderful cookie flavors!
Would These Make For Good Christmas Treats?
If this pumpkin sugar cookies recipe doesn’t make incredible Christmas sugar cookies, then I don’t know what does! Lemon shortbread cookies are another popular holiday favorite you can try.
What Other Sugar Cookies Can I Bake?
Oh, my goodness!! There are sooo many different types of scrumptious sugar cookies you can bake it’ll make your head spin! I absolutely love this easy pumpkin sugar cookies recipe but sometimes I’ll make funfetti cookies or even brown sugar cookies.
You may even want to try Alton Browns sugar cookies. They’re pretty righteous if I do say so myself!
What Other Cookies Can I Make With Pumpkin?
Making pumpkin sugar cookies is an easy way to brighten the holidays and warm up cold-weather months. If you’ve got a few cans of pumpkin sitting around you can always make pumpkin spice cookies or try a yummy pumpkin oatmeal cookie recipe.
Pumpkin whoopie pies are another easy way to induce warm smiles over a sweet pumpkin concoction.
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg, well beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set on medium speed, cream together powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and butter, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in oil, pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture and beat just until incorporated.
- Shape dough with a medium cookies scoop and place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Gently flatten cookies with the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar.
- Bake in preheated oven 9-12 minutes or until centers are set. Cookies will not brown, do not overbake.
- Remove baking sheets to a wire rack and let cookies cool on sheets 3-5 minutes. Gently transfer cookies directly onto wire racks and cool completely.
- In a medium mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set on medium speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and creamy. Beat in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until smooth.
- Frost cookies and decorate with jimmies, sprinkles, or a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
Sweet chewy fruit cookies help decorate the holiday season and spread deliciousness throughout the land! They’re also a faithful companion to pumpkin sugar cookies!
This recipe is one of my favorite seasonal cookies recipes, but I like to keep others on hand too. Here are some more fruit cookies recipes you may want to try!
- Orange Creamsicle Cookies – Sweet dreamy orange creamsicle flavor that melts in your mouth and not in your hand!
- Banana Bread Cookies – Warm chewy banana bread deliciousness in bite-sized portions.
- Cranberry Cookies – A little tart and tangy fruit in your sweet cookies.
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies – Bring your sugar-coated fantasies to life!
- Strawberry Cookies – Strawberry delight in every decadent bite.
This pumpkin sugar cookies recipe is so sweet and decadent, and I love the warm pumpkin undertones! It comes together quickly, and you don’t need any special tools either. At least our tasty adventure is ending on a sweet note.
When you’re ready to kick off the holiday season with some divinely inspired pumpkin flavored cookies, make some pumpkin sugar cookies!