Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

pumpkin spice sugar cookies with pumpkin buttercream frosting

Fall is officially here and I couldn’t be more in my element.  There is such a crispness to the air now.  Each time I walk outside you can smell fall.  You know that smell of the leaves and the wood burning.  I soak every breath in.  

Inside, my kitchen is smelling more like a bakery lately with the sweet aroma of apples, cinnamon and pumpkin baking in the oven.

If you are pumpkin lover like myself you need to try these cookies.  You know my Lofthouse Sugar Cookies from last year, or my Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Buttercream Frosting from the spring? Meet the fall version of these unbelievably soft, Lofthouse style cookie with guess what?  Pumpkin!  Better yet, they are frosted with a creamy Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting.  

You will want to have these in the cookie jar all fall.  That is if they will make it even into a cookie jar.  

Happy Fall!

pumpkin spice sugar cookies with pumpkin buttercream frosting

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 1 dozen


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3-3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a medium bowl combine cake flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs one at a time stirring after each addition followed by vanilla then pumpkin puree. Gradually add in flour mixture until combined.
  3. Chill dough for at least one hour in refrigerator.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll 3 tablespoons of dough into a ball. Use flour on your hands if needed. Place ball on baking sheet and flatten to about 1/2 inch thick, molding sides to keep round shape if necessary. Continue with remaining dough, placing each 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes just until bottoms begin to lightly brown. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting
  8. In a medium bowl combine confectioners sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and set aside.
  9. Using an electric mixer combine butter and pumpkin until combined. Gradually add in confectioners sugar.
  10. If frosting is too thick, add more pumpkin puree, milk or a water until desired consistency is reached. If frosting is too thin, add in a little more confectioners sugar.
  11. Frost cookies and set on aside for frosting to dry.

For shapes- Roll out chilled dough 1/4 inch thick on a well floured surface. Flour rolling pin and cut out to prevent sticking. Cut out desired shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Shapes will spread from the baking powder. To define the shape used after the cookie has cooled, place cookie cutter on top of cookie and firmly press all the way down, removing excess cookie from the edges.

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  1. says

    This looks incredible! Of all the pumpkin recipes for this time of year, I’m more interested in this one! Does a longer chill in the fridge make a difference?

  2. says

    Fall puts me in my element too; I love the cool breeze, leaves falling, the smell of pine trees and pumpkin treats baking in the oven. I’ve never baked pumpkin cookies nor made pumpkin butter cream frosting. This recipe looks phenomenal and a delicious way to kick off autumn! :)

  3. says

    I made these cookies this past weekend with homemade pumpkin puree and they were wonderful! My mom called them the “best sugar cookies of all time!” Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely add them in to my holiday rotation!

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