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Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies

orange iced pumpkin spiced cookies on white plate and granite countertop

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies start with a basic cookie dough to which pumpkin spice is added. Cut them out then decorate with pumpkin colors and these are festive and fun for pumpkin season!

The season of pumpkins is all around us and this month we are happy to share our favorite pumpkin cookie recipes. Bake it with pumpkin, shape it like a pumpkin, add some pumpkin pie spice–whatever is your favorite cookie we’d love to know!

I went overboard on pumpkin with these cookies as they fit all three of those descriptions: pureed pumpkin is in the ingredient list, you can cut out this dough to make adorable pumpkin shapes, and to boost that pumpkin feeling I also added pumpkin-friendly spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

It’s funny how pumpkin pie spice makes us think more of pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes and other pumpkin treats more than the actual PUMPKIN itself. Check out this quick lesson on making pumpkin pie spice from The Kitchn then customize the spice mix to make it your own as I did in the recipe below.

For these cookies I started with my favorite cookie creator’s recipe by Bridget from Bake at 350. She is a master of all things cookies! I used her standard sugar cookie recipe as my starting point then added ingredients to create this pumpkin spice cookie.

Baking with pumpkin puree reminds me of baking with applesauce; it lends a softness to the cookie you wouldn’t otherwise have. Still, the combined ingredients resulted in a strong yet forgiving dough when rolled out and a firm enough cookie once baked to stand up to the layer of royal icing on top.

Yield: 36

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies

Pumpkin spice cut out cookies on a granite countertop

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies start with a basic cookie dough to which pumpkin spice is added. Cut them out then decorate with orange icing!

Prep Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, cold and cut into cubes (6 oz)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree


  1. Stir together the flour, baking powder and spices in one bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or with an electric hand-held mixer, mix the butter and sugar until combined. Add in the egg, beat until incorporated. Finally add the vanilla and pumpkin puree and mix until well-blended.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the stand mixer bowl in three stages-- add a bit then slowly mix, add the next and mix then add the final amount and mix.
  4. Bring the dough into a round, flat circle and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter cut shapes from the dough and gently place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment. Leave space between cookies (8 cookies per tray will be plenty).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.

The icing

  1. I used this royal icing recipe which is also from Bake at 350. I did flavor it with 2 teaspoons of maple syrup rather then the light corn syrup listed in the original recipe. Orange gel food coloring brought these pumpkin to life and a small brown stem added character as well. I first iced the pumpkins in orange by lining the shape with a thin line of orange icing and filling it in with the same color. After about 30 minutes the icing was dry enough to add a second layer. I used the same color and added curved lines to enhance the pumpkin shape.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Abbe @ This is How I Cook

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

You always make gorgeous cookies. I wouldn't have the patience, but I'm so glad you do! What a great seasonal recipe!

Linda @ 2CookinMamas

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

These cookies are adorable and perfect for fall! They sound deliciously pumpkiny and I love how you adapted a favorite sugar cookie recipe. Yum!

Robin @ A Shaggy Dough Story

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

It's a pumpkin hat trick—win, win, win! These are so cute–I love the decoration and how you adapted the recipe.

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Holly, you are amazing! I am so impressed! These are so gorgeous! Your cookies are beautiful.

Holly F

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

You are too kind, Karen, thanks!


Tuesday 20th of October 2015

They look so beautiful, Holly! Perfect for this season.

Holly F

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Thank you, Ansh, it was fun making these pumpkin shaped cookies.

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