Ushering in the fall weather and announcing the start of the holiday season means throwing together a batch of these yummy pumpkin spice cookies. Pumpkin cookies are some of my favorite seasonal treats!
This pumpkin spice cookies recipe makes soft little nuggets of sweet happiness in warm shades of pumpkin spice and they are ridiculously delicious!
Let’s get cookin’!
Well, I definitely love that they always make appearances at my house throughout the fall and winter months. These pumpkin spice cookies get people excited and they get gobbled down quickly. Plus, they’re really easy to make and ready in under a half-hour. Here are even more reasons to love ‘em!
- Soft, fluffy deliciousness
- Pudding in the mix
- Warm pumpkin flavor
- Ready in under 30 minutes
- One-bowl wonder
Following this pumpkin spice cookies recipe is so simple because everything basically goes into the same bowl. You just add the ingredients in a specific order (creaming the butter and sugar of course), roll the little cookie balls and then toss them in the oven.
When it comes to adding the flour and baking soda, it helps if you thoroughly combine the two together first. This helps evenly distribute the leavening agent and ensures you don’t have to mix as much.
Overmixing strengthens the gluten in the flour and breaks the little air pockets created in the creaming process. That’ll give you tough chewy cookies that don’t rise properly. Instead, mix just enough to gently incorporate ingredients before rolling into little cookie balls for the baking sheet.
First, let’s talk about the butter which should be room temperature. Now that can mean different things to different people but in this pumpkin spice cookies recipe, your butter should be between 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s really spreadable but can still hold its shape.
The instant pumpkin spice pudding mix is vital in this pumpkin spice cookies recipe, but I have only found it at Walmart. It’s often in the holiday section rather than with the other pudding mixes.
Storing your pumpkin spice cookies is as easy as putting them in an airtight container. I like to toss a piece of bread in there to absorb moisture and help keep them fresh. These sweet little gems are fine on the counter, but they last longer in the fridge.
If you decide to layer them inside your container, it helps to separate the layers with wax paper, so they don’t stick together.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes!! You can freeze this pumpkin spice cookies recipe raw or after the cookies have been baked and cooled. I do have to admit that the texture isn’t quite the same when you freeze the baked cookies but they’re still pretty good.
I like to whip up a double batch of these and freeze the cookie dough balls. That way I can pull them out and bake them whenever the mood strikes me. Just be sure to thaw the cookie dough before baking it.
Make Ahead Tips
Thawed cookie dough does bake better. Believe it or not, the temperature of your cookie dough matters when it goes into the oven. It affects the way the dough spreads and rises.
How Long Can You Keep This?
This pumpkin spice cookies recipe produces soft fluffy little cookies that’ll get gobbled up quickly. Depending on how they are stored, homemade cookies can stay fresh for up to two weeks without being frozen. Of course, freezing cookies and cookie dough extend the tasty cookie life.
Changing this pumpkin spice cookies recipe to suit your personal preference is simple if you keep the changes subtle. Extreme changes can totally mess up your pumpkin spice cookies recipe and ruin all your yummy ingredients. Here are a couple of suggestions.
- Substitute marshmallows for the white chocolate chips
- Leave them out altogether
- Add some of your favorite nuts
- Dust them in powdered sugar
- Top them with cinnamon sugar
Can I Add Oats?
If you prefer making pumpkin oatmeal cookie over this pumpkin spice cookies recipe, I get it. Really, I do. Everyone has different taste and oatmeal cookies can be pretty tempting. You can also go in a completely different direction and make banana oatmeal cookies or oatmeal cranberry cookies.
Can I Add Pecans?
I just looove pecans in cookies and I have made this pumpkin spice cookies recipe with pecans in it. Depending on what you have in your kitchen you could also try making coconut pecan cookies or butter pecan cookies. These crunchy little gems are hard to keep around because they get gobbled up quickly!
Can I Use Chocolate Chips Instead?
Now you’re speaking my language! You can try using chocolate chips in this pumpkin spice recipe instead of white chocolate or you can just make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies instead. If chocolate chip cookies are your jam, then you have got to try these chocolate chip pudding cookies or coconut chocolate chip cookies…..talk about decadence!
Can I Use Lemon Instead?
Well, if you have white chocolate chips left over after making your pumpkin spice cookies recipe then you could make some lemon white chocolate chip cookies. They are to die for!
If you’re looking for recipes without chocolate chips, then try lemon drop cookies or lemon cheesecake bars. Once people taste these, they become quite a popular request.
Can I Turn These Into Cookie Bars?
If you want to make pumpkin bars instead of pumpkin spice cookies, I can’t blame you one little bit! Pumpkin pie bars are pretty irresistible, too.
When I go down that road, I like to make pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. That frosting just adds something special that really blends well with the pumpkin!
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
- 1 cup (2 Sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar Packed
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 (3.5-ounce) package instant pumpkin spice pudding
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl add butter and both sugars and cream together. Add pudding mix, eggs and vanilla and mix. Add flour and baking soda and mix until well combined. Stir in white chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a Silpat lined or greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes.
Making fruit cookies is one of the best ways to welcome the season and usher in the cooler weather months. I make them for family and friends, and I love serving them at get-togethers. This pumpkin spice cookies recipe doesn’t have fruit in it but here are some recipes that do.
- Coconut Cookie Sandwiches – perfect any time of the year!
- Peanut Butter Banana Cookies – if you love peanut butter and banana combo!
- Strawberry Cookies – strawberry lovers will definitely love this cookie recipe!
- Pineapple Cookies – Pineapple is not for cakes only!
- Fruitcake Cookies – a perfect gift for Christmas!
When you’re ready for soft fluffy little cookies with a sweet warm pumpkin flavor nothing will do but pumpkin spice cookies. The fall pumpkin season is the best time to pull out this pumpkin spice cookies recipe and share it with the world around you.
Then settle in with a nice hot cup of coffee and maybe a couple of cookies for yourself!