pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese icing {+ my 2-year blogiversary!}

by Amy on 4 October 2012

first, some fun news: today marks exactly 2 years from when i first started this little ol’ blog. thank you all SO much for your support, friendship, comments + connections – it’s been an amazing 2 years blogging as the Fearless Homemaker – here’s to many more! now, on to the recipe du jour. =)

earlier this week, i had pumpkin puree left over from making pumpkin spice pancakes + didn’t want it to go to waste, so i decided to try making something i’ve never made before: pumpkin cookies! after reading through a bunch of recipes, i opted for a fairly simple version: spiced pumpkin cookies topped with a drizzle of cream cheese icing.

so, how did they turn out? wonderful! these cookies have a delightful cake-like texture: they’re fluffy, soft, + moist. they have beautiful spiced notes, thanks to the blend of cinnamon, nutmeg + cloves, which work wonderfully with the pumpkin flavor. the cookies themselves aren’t overly sweet, which is balanced by the more intense sweetness from the scrumptious cream cheese icing. all in all, these are a lovely fall dessert or snack. since they’re fairly light, i’ve been loving them as an afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of hot tea. any afternoon that involves cookies is always a good one in my book!

pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese icing

makes about 3 dozen cookies, adapted from gimme some oven


for the cookies:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the icing:
4 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar


preheat oven to 350 degrees F. combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, + salt; set aside.

in a medium bowl, using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, white sugar + brown sugar until light + fluffy. add pumpkin, egg, + vanilla, + beat until creamy. add in the flour mixture in two additions, mixing until completely combined.

drop on a parchment-or-silpat-lined cookie sheet by heaping tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly golden. cool cookies completely, then frost or drizzle with cream cheese icing.

to make icing: with an electric mixer, combine confectioners’ sugar + cream cheese until smooth + creamy. feel free to add in an extra teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for flavor! you can either frost cookies with a knife, or drizzle with the help of a pastry bag + tip. (if you do not have a pastry bag, just fill a ziploc bag with the frosting, squeeze out the extra air, seal, + use scissors to snip a tiny hole in one corner.)

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51 Renee October 6, 2012 at 6:37 am

Happy 2 year blogiversary! I thought you had been blogging longer than 2 years. You have such a wonderful blog and the recipes you share are just fabulous. Here’s to the next year and the years after that!

52 Nik@ABrownTable October 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Congratulations on your blogiversary! Pumpkin spiced cookies are such a wonderful fall gift and yours are certainly gorgeous.

53 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) October 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Congrats on your anniversary Amy!! Here’s to many more and a healthy smattering of slow cooker recipes. 😉

54 Angela@AnotherBitePlease October 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Happy 2nd Anniversary. Congrats that is so exciting. Love following your blog.
and the pumpkin cookies look so so yummy~!

55 Baking Serendipity October 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I’m liking soft pumpkin cookies like these way too much lately! These look fantastic :) Congrats on two years of amazing recipes! So glad you are here.

56 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

An afternoon tea with cookie is always good in my book, too 😉

I’ve been thinking about pumpkin cookies as well. Need to try!

57 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

And oh, Happy Blogiversary and many more deliciousness to come :)

58 Julie @ Table for Two October 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

happy 2 year blogiversary! i’m a tad late :) hehe I was on vacation so forgive me! these cookies look extremely soft and the cream cheese icing on top is the perfect touch!

59 Jen L| Tartine and Apron Strings October 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Happy blogiversary!!! Ahhh, I’m so happy for you! What a way to celebrate – with pumpkin spice cookies! I need this with a glass of cidre or something!

60 Megan @ girl by the lake October 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Congratulations to you and to your blog! Two years is such a great milestone. You deserve all the acknowledgements you’ve received on here (and other sites, might I add!). I have loved getting to know you + watch your blog grow bigger and bigger!

Now, on to these lovelies. I’m obsessed with pumpkin, and I need more of it pronto. I love that you stayed simple here (unlike mine, where I threw about 3 other big ingredients in), and I’m sure the taste was amazing. Bookmarked for sure!

61 amy October 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

you are so sweet, megan! i’m thrilled that the wonderful world of blogging introduced us – it’s been great getting to know you, too! now, if we can make a tennessee meetup happen one of these days when you’re visiting, i’ll be even happier! =)

62 Jess October 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

nom nom nom. I’ve been cooking with pumpkin all weekend! Pumpkin cookies will be sure to be next on my list! And Happy Birthday to your blog!

63 Meghan October 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Happy blogiversary!! You always have beautiful looking dishes, and I know there are many more in your future! Cookies look fab, great way to celebrate!

64 Megan {Country Cleaver} October 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Happy Blogiversary, Love!! And to many many more :)

65 ea-the spicy rd October 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

Happy, happy blogiversary!!! I read this & had a bit of a panic realizing my 2 years is in 8 days! These pumpkin spice cookies look like a wonderful way to celebrate! P.S. Love your knitted headband-you look lovely in green :-)

66 amy October 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

you are so sweet, EA – thank you! And a happy early 2 years to you! =)

67 Tracey October 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Congrats on two fabulous years!! So glad I “met” you :)

Now, on to the cookies, which look amazing! I love soft, cakey cookies and the delicate icing on top is perfection.

68 sue aka Mrs. Monk November 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

i just found you… so haaapppyyyy, love your approach. You are fearless and so straight foreward, I find that charming. I am an old bag who is stumbling along the computer highway, but find my interests are common to many younger folks. Common interest in family life spread into public life which I think makes a better world. Thank you for being so brave.

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