pumpkin sugar cookies recipe

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Soft, chewy Pumpkin Sugar Cookies that are melt-in-your mouth delicious. You'll love this Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe with a Cream Cheese Glaze for a little fall flavor you'll want to savor all year!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, diy, easy recipe, fall, gift, pumpkin, thanksgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 24
Author Julie Blanner


  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c canned pumpkin
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 c flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 c butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, vegetable oil, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla and eggs until smooth.
  3. Gradually mix in dry ingredients until incorproated. 

  4. Drop dough balls onto a cookie sheet and flatten using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
  5. Bake 13 minutes (watch baking time as your oven may vary).
  6. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and optional corn syrup until smooth.
  7. Melt and top cooled cookies by spooning on or smoothing on with a spatula. Allow to cool until set.

Recipe Notes

 You can stack these in a small cellophane bag and wrap them with a ribbon, or simply secure the bag with a piece of washi tape. Place them in a charming basket for a beautiful housewarming or hostess gift.