Pumpkin Cookies

Portable and pumpkin-y: what could be better than cookies incorporating everyone's favorite gourd?

Pumpkin cookies are soft, cakey and spiced for the season.

Pumpkin cookies are soft, cakey and spiced for the season.

Pumpkin cookies are soft, cakey and spiced for the season.

Pumpkin cookies are soft, cakey and spiced for the season.

Summer already feels like a fading memory. I’ve switched over to the winter bedding and found myself actually considering firing up the wood-burning stove before school was even back in session. No time to be wistful. I love the arrival of fall weather with its crisp air, the turning of leaves in a beautiful display of reds, oranges and yellows, and perhaps best of all: it’s a pleasure to turn on the oven again. Fall baking is underway and cookies are once again in production at my place.

Cookies first showed up by happy accident. In times when it was difficult to gauge the temperature in wood fire ovens, cautious bakers would measure the heat of cake ovens by how long a dab of batter took to cook. It didn’t take long for the koekje (Dutch for “little cake”) to develop a following of its own.

Be they Tollhouse or Girl Scout, cookies come in myriad shapes, sizes and flavors. When fall rolls around, though, make mine pumpkin.

Soft, spiced and cake-like with the nutty crunch of pecans lurking within, this recipe for pumpkin pecan cookies packs the comforting taste of the season into a pocket-sized package. Easy to make and even easier to eat, pumpkin pecan cookies are just the thing for after-school snacking or fall bake sales but aren’t overly sweet, making them appealing to grownups looking for something seasonal to go with a hot cup of coffee.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar together in a mixer.

Add egg to mixer and fully combine.

Add pumpkin and buttermilk and mix until smooth.

Mix in dry ingredients.

Stir in pecans.

Drop batter by the spoonful onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Sow and Plant Fruiting Vegetables

Large leaves, golden flowers and heavy yields make squashes, zucchini and cucumbers ideal plants for productive pots.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

This quick and easy pumpkin pie recipe from the Bent Fork Bakery is perfect for any holiday party.

Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe

What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? Whip up this traditional dessert as the perfect finish to your Thanksgiving meal.

Pumpkin Fudge Recipe

Chocolate fudge may be the standard, but this recipe for pumpkin fudge is hard to resist. Pumpkin puree brings the spectacular taste of fall to fudge and also adds a welcome weight and texture to the classic confection. Smooth, firm and creamy, pumpkin fudge is everything one looks for when making fudge, but with a depth of flavor that's often lost in a candy that's dependent on so much sugar. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this old-fashioned recipe with a seasonal twist.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

Use fresh or canned pumpkin puree to bake up this seasonal showstopper.

Holidays Made Easy: Delish Deer Cookies

Need a quick cookie with maximum cute factor? Look no further! Triangle-shaped butter shortbread cookies (AKA Petticoat Tails) are made even tastier with a dip in melted chocolate. Little hands can help arrange the pretzel ‘antlers’ and mini semisweet chips which create the eyes and nose of our woodland deer. This recipe can easily be adapted for Christmas cookie trays by replacing the semisweet chocolate chip nose with a red candy-coated chocolate piece.

How to Make Cookie-Cutter Christmas Ornaments

Looking for an easy way to trim the tree? Create beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments out of metal cookie cutters and pretty paper.