5 from 3 votes
whole wheat soft pumpkin cookies with frosting on a cooling rack with pumpkins in the background
Grandma Dorothy's Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

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.

Course: Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice cookies, soft pumpkin cookies
Servings: 18
Calories: 297 kcal
Pumpkin Cookies
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Soft Pumpkin Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin on medium speed.

  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.

  4. Slow the mixer down to the lowest level and add in the vanilla and then the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

  5. Drop dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Cream together room temperature butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.

  2. Add in the powdered sugar, orange zest, and vanilla and mix until combined.

  3. Frost your cooled and amazing cookies!

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.

Nutrition Facts
Grandma Dorothy's Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 250mg11%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 4680IU94%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.