These Pumpkin Spice Cookies are Everything Great About Fall

I enjoy every part of these pumpkin spice cookies – the making (they smell so good), the baking (now my house smells good), and the eating. They’re the best fall cookies ever.

front view of a stack of pumpkin spice cookies with orange royal icing with green pumpkin leaf tendrils on a fall background
Make these easy pumpkin spice cookies, a fun pumpkin sugar cookie recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love fall. It’s the end of summer (which is sad) but it’s time for all those fun things that only happen when cool breezes and leaves are rustling around the ankles. Fall here in the Pacific Northwest is a time of long walks, wet mornings, and very, very strong breezes.

And of course, one of my favorite things about fall: pumpkin spice.

Oh, the smell is captivating, isn’t it? I could have something baking with that smell all year long. These cookies are simple to mix up, bake, and I’m sharing an easy flood icing recipe for beginners. If you’re ready to start making some fall cookies, let’s get started.


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Tips to Make Fall Cookies

  • Because these are an easy cookie to bake up, mix and bake the cookies a day before decorating them. They will hold together very well.
  • If you opt to make, bake, and decorate the same day, be sure the cookies have cooled completely before frosting.
  • Decorating is a personal thing so let your creative juices flow. Don’t feel constrained by my little vines if you want Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin spice cookies. Flood icing is so easy, you can pretty much do anything.
  • I didn’t think of it until later, but these pumpkin cookies would look cute with a little leaf, right there under the stem.
close-up of Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe on a brown table

How Do I Make Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is my written recipe for the pumpkin spice cookie and beginner cookie decorating tutorial. If you have any questions, please ask me in the comments section or join the Facebook group here.

Yield: 18

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

close-up of Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe on a brown table

I enjoy every part of these pumpkin spice cookies in that they are easy to make, decorate, and gobble up!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened

  • 1 C sugar
1 C, light brown sugar

  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ginger

  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp all-spice

  • 5 C flour + 2 C to roll the dough 

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp vanilla 
4 1/2 C powder sugar

  • Orange and green gel food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add pumpkin purée and eggs. Add vanilla extract and mix.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the 5 cups of flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice and salt.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet in three increments and mix until well combined.
  5. Place dough onto a floured surface. Knead in 1/2 cup of flour and roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out pumpkin shapes and place onto baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  9. Using a mixer, combine egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar until stiff peaks form.
  10. Divide icing into two bowls. Add 5-10 drops of orange food coloring into one of the bowls. Add a 5-10 drops of green into the second bowl. Mix until the colors are blended and the shades desired.
  11. Place about 1/4 C of icing into a piping bag.
  12. Add 2-4 tsp of water into the remaining icing bowls and mix until combined. Pour the watered-down icings into squeeze bottles.
  13. Outline the pumpkin cookies as shown in the finished photos.
  14. Fill in the two outer spots with the watered-down orange icing and allow to dry for two hours before filling in the center.
  15. Using the green icing, pipe on the stem and and fill in with the green icing. Pipe on vines onto the pumpkins and allow to dry for an hour before enjoying. Enjoy with a big bite or package them for a gift. photo collage tutorial of How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cookies


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 670Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 108gFiber: 2gSugar: 72gProtein: 6g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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More Fall Cookies You Might Like

  • Kawaii Fall Leaf Cookies – They’re so adorable, I just want to bite their little heads off–well, they’re leaves, so I want to nibble their points, I guess. LOL!
  • Almond Joy Macarons – I don’t know if this is actually an official fall cookie recipe, but it’s amazing and I always make them for Thanksgiving.
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