October 19, 2014

Super Soft Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Oh man. I spoke too soon. When I mentioned on instagram that I’m on Team Peppermint (not Team Pumpkin), I hadn’t made these cookies. Sure, I can appreciate all the pumpkin-flavored goodies that come out this time of year, but I don’t go all BSC for it. I’m much more of a peppermint kinda gal who will gladly wait until post-Thanksgiving to have my preferred treats.

But when I made these cookies on Friday I started having second thoughts as to which team I should be on. (KIDDING.) Have you ever been stirring the batter for a new recipe, and while tasting it you thought it would come out amazing, but the baked good didn’t live up to your expectations? I often find that I enjoy the batter more than the actual cookie. When I first tried this dough I literally said aloud “Oh shit. These are gonna be good.” After a few more spoonfuls to the mouth, I decided I better get these in the oven before I lost all self control.

super soft glazed pumpkin cookies

Super Soft Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

For cookies:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup grandulated sugar
  • 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk (or dairy alternative — I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Grease baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until blended. Gradually add in flour mixture.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon on baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon or spatula, gently flatten the mounds. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges and tops are slightly firm. Cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes then transfer to wire rack.
  5. To make glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Drizzle over cookies. Makes about 24 cookies.

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Chocolate chip cookies will always be my #1, but I can firmly avow that these may be #2. I was shocked by how soft they came out. And honestly, with the glaze, they taste like a doughnut! I brought some to my neighbors across the street and this is the conversation that ensued.

Neighbor: Seriously, how did you make these cookies so soft?

Me: It’s the pumpkin! And magic.

Neighbor: We love you over here. You bring us cookies. You take care of us. You’re like our mom.

Me: YOUR MOM? *awkward*

Here I thought these would qualify as engagement cookies (they’re that good!), but instead, I got called a mom.

Truth be told, this individual did end up asking me out, so whether he sees me as a mom or a total babe is up for debate. I’ll keep you posted. But for now, MAKE THESE COOKIES!

And give a couple to your cute neighbor. 😉super soft glazed pumpkin cookies

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  • Hahaha! The story about giving them to your neighbor…too dang funny. But hey, it seems like it lead to good things! I hope! Giving homemade food to others. One of the greatest joys in life in my personal opinion.

  • Natalie Mason

    Yum those look and sound fabulous!!

  • itzyskitchen

    YES! I’m making these for Kay. She is pumpkin obsessed right now. Awesome story hahah

  • Amy

    Yay you! For the cookies and the date! I need to make these ASAP!

  • When I saw these on Instagram I was hoping you’d post! I’ll obvi be making these this week!

  • Yum for peppermint… But these sound great too!

  • Ohhhh a pumpkin cookie recipe and a babe update? Love this post! Can’t wait to hear more about this!

  • Sheanna Caban

    Awwwww, you’re like their mom. I need to make these for Avory.

  • These look delicious. I just bought a can of pumpkin to make Smitten Kitchen’s muffins, but these are next in line!

  • Those look awesome! Have you had the peppermint joe joe’s from Trader Joe’s?? I’m glad they are seasonal or I would eat them all the timeeee – so addicted!

  • Holly Notarange

    Yes, I WANT these cookies. I think you should ship, I would totally pay big bucks 😉

  • Brittany Greer


  • Oh yum! I’m making these tonight!

  • Brittany Greer

    I finally just made these after finding one straggler can of half-used pumpkin in the fridge. You weren’t kidding about how good they are. I actually baked half of the batter in a muffin tin and they turned out so cute and perfect.

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