Grandma Dorothy’s Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Nothing welcomes fall like baking Grandma Dorothy’s Pumpkin Cookie Recipe for dessert! These amazingly easy pumpkin cookies are topped with an incredible orange cream cheese frosting. A batch of homemade pumpkin spice cookies is like a hug in dessert form.
Grandma Dorothy is the real-life grandmother of my husband Troy. Known as “Grandma Sweetie” to almost everyone, she is allergic to pretty much all food.
We joke she exists on a diet of air, cardboard, and beans. So naturally, she makes the best soft pumpkin cookies you’ve ever had in your life. She just can’t eat them herself.
Life is cruel sometimes.
Truth be told, I don’t give two craps about pumpkin anything. The whole onslaught of “pumpkin-spiced everything” makes me roll my eyes so hard that I may sprain them one of these days.
But these cookies have changed my mind about snickering at the basicness of pumpkin. They taste of Fall, and of pumpkin mixed with cinnamon.
Why is This Pumpkin Cookie Recipe Whole Wheat?
Dang, you’re nosy son!
I love using whole wheat flour for baked goods because it is healthier and if done correctly you can’t tell the difference. But mostly, I need help reigning myself in with my sweet tooth and whole wheat cookies fill me up more quickly than their white floured cousins.
I bake with whole wheat because I can’t freaking control myself around cookies. Ok? Are you happy?
That being said, you can totally use all-purpose flour in these cookies! Sub in the flour cup for cup and leave out the vital wheat gluten.
Can I Add Chocolate Chips?
The recipe originally called for walnuts (ah hell nope) and dried cranberries (meh, fine), but I left them out. But I think adding chocolate chips would be an amazing addition to this pumpkin cookie recipe! I would start with 1/2 cup and see how the ratio looks for your tastes.
If you’re like me, you’ll probably also eat about 1/4 cups of chocolate chips during the mixing process.
What Kind of Pumpkin Should I Use?
For this recipe, I used plain ol’ pure organic solid packed canned pumpkin from the grocery store. It’s super affordable, incredibly easy to use, and it has a consistent texture that lets you duplicate the same results each time.
If you want to make your own pumpkin puree, my girl Katie over at Hey Nutrition Lady has an awesome post on homemade pumpkin puree. And your girl (that’s me) also has a tutorial on Canning Pumpkin if you have a pressure canner.
Here’s How to Make Easy Pumpkin Cookies
*detailed instructions are available in the printable recipe card below.
In a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin.
Add in the vanilla (related: try homemade) and then the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream together room temperature butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
Add in the powdered sugar (related: try homemade powdered sugar), orange zest, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Frost your cooled and amazing cookies!
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes
- Make sure the butter, cream cheese, and eggs are room temperature before mixing. Don’t have time for that? Microwave the butter and cream cheese in 10 seconds increments until softened. Place eggs in a small bowl of warm water for 5 minutes.
- The dough for these soft pumpkin cookies will be fairly sticky. Resist the urge to keep adding more flour, and either use a cookie scoop or a large spoon to turn these into drop cookies.
- The cookies will be very soft until completely cooled. Be patient and do wait until they are fully cooled before frosting.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. If you need to stack the cookies in the container, place a piece of parchment between the layers.
- Here is the weirdest and most awesome part about these pumpkin cookies…they are even better the next day.
- I reduced the sugar by half compared with the original recipe (for both cookie and frosting).
Other Dessert Recipes You’ll Love
- Orange and Chocolate Madeleines
- Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Nordy Bars
- The Softest Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Baked Apple Donuts
- Aunt Barbara’s Old Fashioned Fudge
Grandma Dorothy's Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Soft Pumpkin Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin on medium speed.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.
- Slow the mixer down to the lowest level and add in the vanilla and then the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Drop dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream together room temperature butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
- Add in the powdered sugar, orange zest, and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Frost your cooled and amazing cookies!
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