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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1 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 4, 2012 at 7:32 am

Woohoo, happy blog-i-versary! And I’m loving these cookies…they definitely fit in with my pumpkin kick (I’m surprised I’m not orange yet).

2 Kathryn October 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

Happy 2 year blogiversary Amy and I look forward to seeing many more years of yummy recipes – like this one! – from you.

3 amanda @ fake ginger October 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

Happy 2 years!! I’ve got half a can of pumpkin in the fridge and I think I know what I’m going to do with it now! :)

4 amy October 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

Yay! Hope you love the cookies if you try ’em! Depending on how sweet you like them, you may want to ice them a bit heavier – i just like my sweets a little sweet, hence the reason i went light on the icing. =)

5 danielle October 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

Happy Blogiversary!!

6 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

Happy 2 years!!

7 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

Happy Blogiversary, Amy! I love your site and so glad I stumbled upon it a few months ago. You’re awesome, and so are these cookies. Gotta love pumpkin + cream cheese!

8 amy October 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

you are so sweet, hayley – it’s been fab getting to know you + your blog over the last few months, too!

9 sarah k @ the pajama chef October 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

happy blogiversary!

10 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations October 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

Happy, happy blogiversary Amy!
Somehow I never heard or thought of pumpkin cookies until this fall. Yours look so yummy!

11 sally @ sallys baking addiction October 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

happy 2 years amy!! what an exciting adventure you’ve been on. :) i love the soft cakey texture of pumpkin cookies. i’m glad you opted to make a completely NEW recipe to celebrate as well… i’m going to challenge myself on my 1 year blogiversary in December!

12 amy October 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

Can’t wait to see what you make for your blogiversary – i’m sure it’ll be something absolutely amazing, knowing you!

13 Suzy October 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

YUM!!! Those look great. Happy blog-a-versary!

14 Beth October 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

Congratulations on hitting two years! Pumpkin, spice and cream cheese is a wonderful combination.

15 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

2 years?! AMAZING! Happy blogoversary! I look forward to many many many more years of your awesome posts. And these cookies are absolutely to die for. That icing is drizzled on so perfectly and symmetrically!

16 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie October 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

Yay! Congrats on 2 years!! Love your blog Amy and I hope that year 3 is even better for you!

17 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

Happy blogiversary! It’s been so fun getting to “know” you through the blog world, and I’m so happy that I founds yours out of all of the thousands out there! These cookies look awesome, and I can’t wait to see what you make in year three. :-)

18 amy October 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’m so happy that we found each other’s blogs, too, Ashley! =) Thanks for your kind words!

19 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Oh Happy Day! Congrats on two years :)

And these cookies?! Um. My mouth is saying yesssa please!

20 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Happy 2 years, amy! So fun, love these cookies!

21 Lesley Eats October 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Just two years? You’ve done a lot in that time. Happy blogiversary!

22 amy October 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

aww, thank you – that’s so kind of you to say!

23 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] October 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I think I’m going to have to sit down this weekend and go through your archives and get all caught up on all things Fearless Homemaker! Here’s to many more happy years of baking, crock-potting, tea-drinking + blogging about it! :)

24 amy October 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

awww, thank you, alexandra! hope you enjoy looking through the archives. =) and so glad that we’ve gotten to meet each other + become friends through the wonderful world of food blogging!

25 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee October 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I love anything with pumpkin in it this time of year. these look and I’m sure taste amazing! Congrats on 2 yrs! You so inspire me. Your pictures and posts are wonderful. Looking forward to see where your blog takes you:)

26 amy October 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

you are so kind, steph – you have no idea how much your comment just made my day. your posts + pictures inspire me, too!

27 angela@spinachtiger October 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Congratulations on your two years and what a perfect time of year to start a blog with all the good food October brings. The cookies look delicious. I have to pin.

28 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

happy blogiversary!!! You need to go out and celebrate :)

29 Jackie @ The Beeroness October 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Totally pinning this right now. Love it 😉

30 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Happy blogiversary! Pumpkin cookies are the perfect thing to celebrate with . They look so pretty! And I’m happy we found each other. Now I have someone to talk about aprons (which I’m still waiting for!), puppies and brisket with. 😉

…. mozzarella sticks.

Kidding, kidding. :)

31 amy October 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

bahahaha! i’m so happy the bloggity world brought us together, too! now, if we could only be on the same continent, we’d be set…. =)

32 Amy (Savory Moments) October 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

These cookies look so yummy and cute – perfect for autumn. Happy blogiversary to you!!

33 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life October 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations on 2 fab years of blogging!!! It has been so fun getting to know you too thanks to SRC for helping me find you. I love that you created something new and delicious for your blogiversary! I agree that all afternoons should involve cookies:-)

34 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker October 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Happy 2 years of blogging! Tea and pumpkin cookies is the perfect way to celebrate.

35 Young Wifey October 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Yummy! Congrats! & Happy Blogiversary!

36 luv what you do October 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Congrats! I am new to the blog and I’m a big fan!
And a HUGE fan of pumpkin cookies too!

37 Leah | So, How's It Taste? October 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Congrats on 2 years! I love cake-like cookies. These look so perfect!

38 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 5, 2012 at 12:41 am

Happy blogiversary Amy!

These cookies look delicious, especially with the drizzle of icing!

39 CCU October 5, 2012 at 12:47 am

Wow congrats my friend, how exciting 😀
And a delish way to celebrate!


40 baker street October 5, 2012 at 6:36 am

Oh wow! Happy Blogiversary Amy! I these these cookies are truly the best way to celebrate. especially with that cream cheese icing – I’m totally loving that. :)

41 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

Yay! Happy Blog Birthday! So much fun! It’s amazing how fast time flies :)

42 Monet October 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

These are beautiful cookies. Perfect for fall! And Happy Two Years! I look forward to all the years and all the recipes to come. You are a blessing to so many of us!

43 amy October 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

you are beyond sweet, monet – thank you!

44 Anna @ hiddenponies October 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

These are beautiful cookies, and congrats on 2 years!! I’m so glad to have found your blog and you, here’s to many more years :)

45 natalie@thesweetslife October 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

i absolutely love your blog!! happy 2 years–hopefully we can meet in person sometime :)

46 amy October 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I would love that, Natalie! Then I can add you to my list of ‘bloggers who are just as awesome in person as they are online.’ =)

47 Jen @ Savory Simple October 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Happy Happy Blogiversary! I’m so glad to have found your blog. The cookies look delicious.

48 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I might be on your continent in June! Are you going to BlogHer? Please tell me you’re going! That would be fun. :)

49 amy October 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I wasn’t planning to, but I’ll look into it! We *must* meet in person!

50 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Yay, happy blogiversary!! :) You have one of the prettiest and classiest blogs around. Keep it up!!

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