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Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

October 10, 2009

October is upon us, the temperatures have dropped, and that means one thing: I want pumpkin.

I’ve discovered in the last few years that while I like pumpkin pie, I love pumpkin cakes / muffins / cookies. I’ve made pumpkin cake and pumpkin muffins in previous years, so this year it was time for some pumpkin cookies!

Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

I like my cookies soft, so I aimed to make a cookie that was more cake-like than crunchy cookie, and these pumpkin cookies fit that bill. They’re moist and soft, packed with pumpkin and spices. At first I hesitated to glaze them because they were so good on their own, but I decided to try glazing a few for fun. Oh my. Don’t skip the glaze. It takes them to a whole other level with some added texture and flavor. I ended up glazing each and every one of them.

Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

I even got creative with a few, decorating them to look like pumpkins. Aren’t they cute?

Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

I haven’t been able to stop eating these cookies since I made them. I bet you can’t eat just one!

Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Adapted from All Recipes
Makes about 2 ½ dozen cookies

Both the glaze and the cranberries are optional in this recipe. You could also omit the cinnamon from the glaze, or substitute raisins for the cranberries. Feel free to make these cookies your own!

Ingredients for the Cookies

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Ingredients for the Glaze

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°F

Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper or a Silpat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt.

In a mixer bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar using the paddle attachment. Beat in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla to butter mixture until thoroughly combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in the cranberries, if using.

Drop cookies on baking sheet using a 2TBS cookie scoop.

Bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated oven, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cookies completely on a rack.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. (Add milk to thin the glaze, if needed.) Dip the cookies top side down in the glaze, then set on a rack to dry.

To preserve the soft, cake-like texture, store in an air-tight container. Separate layers with parchment paper.

  1. October 11, 2009 3:36 am

    oh these look so good. i’m so in love with pumpkin anything. i’ll have to try these. thanks for the post.

  2. October 11, 2009 11:47 am

    Looks delicious! I have exactly 1 cup of pumpkin puree sitting in the fridge from the last cookies I made… I am making these today. Thanks!

  3. October 11, 2009 11:02 pm

    I made these last night and had my husband bring them today to the hospital he works at. He called me and begged me to make more tonight because everyone is raving about them and gobbled them all up! I love the added cinnamon to the icing, a great touch. Thanks for the recipe!

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      October 12, 2009 8:48 am

      I’m glad they were a hit, Heather! I’m already making plans to whip up another batch myself :)

  4. Selina permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:55 pm

    The pictures are amazingly tempting and cute! Must make them soon! Thank you!

  5. October 12, 2009 4:32 pm

    These look delicious! I love pumpkin pie, cake, cookies, muffins, all of it. And I love glzed cookies, they just seem extra special. I will definitely try these. Thanks!

  6. October 16, 2009 11:56 am

    OMG these look perfectly like I like it !
    Like you I LOVE pumpkin recipes !
    Valerie, Belgium

  7. October 22, 2009 2:19 pm

    These look simply mouthwatering! Pumpkin *anything* right now is totally crave-worthy, but these are fabulous.

  8. reader permalink
    November 7, 2009 11:15 pm

    I just made these cookies a few weeks ago and they were wonderful!

    They are actually better the next day! (if you can not eat them all so there are some remaining the next day…)

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