Heaven and Fall in One Little Cookie

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pumpkin cookies

In honor of my husband’s birthday today, I thought I would repost this wonderful cookie recipe. It makes perfect, soft, cakey cookies with lovely vanilla frosting. Mr. V always wants these instead of birthday cake!

When my husband and I were dating, he introduced me to this, his favoritest cookie in the whole world. And my Mr. V, he is a COOKIE MONSTER. So saying it is his favorite is no small thing.

These cookies scream of Fall and I can’t wait to make my first batch soon.


Pumpkin Cookies


  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. shortening or butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Frosting
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla


Sift the first five ingredients together (flour through salt).

In a separate bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.

Add dry ingredients all at once and stir gently to form a smooth batter.

Drop by teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350.


Combine butter, milk, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil slowly and let boil for two minutes, stirring constantly. Cool completely.

After cool, stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.

One and a half recipes of frosting will ice two recipes of the cookies.

(Ice the cookies once they are slightly cool. Don’t put away until icing is well set.)



Family Recipe Friday posts:
Yellow Squash Casserole at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Smoky BBQ Brisket at Cozy Kitchen by the Sea
Creamy Cabbage at The MawMaw


Recipe submitted to Share Your Life at Kelly’s Korner, and What Did You Bake Today?.

Originally published September 17, 2009.

24 thoughts on “Heaven and Fall in One Little Cookie

  1. Your pumpkin cookie recipe looks delish. I am new to your blog and just wanted to say hello and have a great Friday! I posted a link in your Family Recipe Friday.

  2. Oh these look delicious! 🙂 I think I may have to make these soon as the temps have decreased enough for me to start doing more baking! Now to just empty out the freezer some so baking can begin! 😀

  3. What a perfect cookie for fall. I can see myself with one or two or three of your cookies and a warm glass of cider sitting on the deck watching a gorgeous fall sunset. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  4. This looks awesome and I am completely and totally going to make it! I say that every Friday when I read your recipes, but this one, I am really going to make! I heart pumpkin cookies, too, so it's right up my ally!
    Love it! And I HAVE to link up soon, Ms. McPopular!!

  5. Made these today because Tommy wanted to make something and I had some leftover pumpkin in the fridge. Am I the only who gets frustrated with kids in the kitchen instead of happy crafty cook-y mom? He mixed, I baked. He was so excited because he wanted to put sprinkles on the cookies. I finally got them all baked and frosted, and he put sprinkles on two cookies and declared himself done. TWO COOKIES. My cookies turned out very cake-y, is that right? I love them, the the flavor is wonderful!!

  6. I absolutely love these, the last batch is in the oven & glaze is cooling , can’t wait to try them together but the cookie is so light & cake like… perfect with a cup of tea & good book❤️

  7. I made these tonight and they are amazing! So soft, cake-like (my favorite) and perfect for fall. I will definitely make them again! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. These were great. I made a few changes. Added 1t. Pumpkin pie spice in addition to the cinnamon. Used 1/2 c. Coconut oil and 1/4c. Butter, 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/2 c. Granulated sugar. I also made some cookies the used the remainder of the batter and made bars. Yummy!

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