Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Tender moist soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are the perfect Fall cookie and one your entire family will love!

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Great weekend! How about everyone else? Did y’all  have a good weekend? I think with Fall in full swing we are all a little busy getting things ready for the upcoming holidays and colder months. Aren’t we? I know we are at this Nest!

This weekend we hauled wood and stacked it. (I kept reminding myself how nice and warm I’ll be this winter with it burning in our wood burning stove!) Ripped out, what we jokingly called “our garden”! Mars was busy mowing up leaves…(kind of like shoveling the sidewalk during a snow storm if you ask me!) I decorated the inside of the house for Halloween. Completed re-finishing a nightstand.  The kids came over for dinner and we had fun watching Baby “B” “ooh and aah” and point at all the new things at Grandma’s house! (I love watching her little lips form “ooh’s”! It’s the BEST!) See…Great Weekend!

On Friday I meet my very first Instagram fellow blogger follower! (That’s a mouth full) Shannon with It’s Sew Shannon! Shannon is SUPER UBER talented! She can sew just about anything and makes the most beautiful quilts! You can find her on Instagram and follow her as she shares her talents! You’ll be amazed and fall in love just like I did!

Stack of Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

I had such a fun afternoon visiting her. I wanted to take her a few goodies so I made her one of those double caramel apples and these yummy Pumpkin Sugar Cookies! I had never made them before. I found the recipe through Pinterest and they looked so yummy I decided I had to give them a try.

The original recipe is from Lisa at Wine and Glue. An absolutely AMAZING blogger friend! If you want to check out her blog, click here for the link. She has some darling things on her site and a beautiful story that goes along with these cookies! She is one of my “sheroe’s”!

How To Make Simple Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

I did change the recipe just a wee bit. I know these are called “pumpkin sugar cookies“, but to be honest…I personally think these are more like a snickerdoodle than a sugar cookie.  Which is Okie Dokie with me cause I L.O.V.E.  a good snickerdoodle! (I’d love to hear what you think. Snickerdoodle or sugar cookie?) 

These are a quick and super yummy cookie to make. Who doesn’t like a quick cookie recipe?

In a medium bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside for now.


With your mixer on medium, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolk, then vanilla, then the pumpkin. Continue to mix until well blended.

Tip: Be sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl and mix again.

Now slowly add in your whisked flour mixture. I did a cup at a time. Mix well between each addition.


You need to chill the dough for about 20 minutes.

That’s the perfect time for the changes I made to this recipe! The original recipe called for you to roll the dough in sugar. I wanted to really lean towards the ” pumpkin Fall-ness” of this recipe so I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice to the sugar. It worked really well.

Once the dough has chilled for 20 minutes, remove from the refrigerator, and roll dough into one inch size balls. Next, roll the dough in your spiced sugar. Place on top of parchment paper or a silicon mat and press down slightly. Space cookies about two inches apart.


Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pan half way through the baking. I have two shelves in my oven and I just place a tray on each rack and then rotate half way through cooking to prevent burning.

Allow the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to your wire cooling rack to cool completely.


These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies bake so beautifully! They rise, but don’t fall, when you take them out of the oven. I love that! (I’m not a fan of super flat cookies!)  

They are everything you dream a fantastic Snickerdoodle or soft sugar cookie should be. Light and fluffy, and yet crispy around the edges. They melt in your mouth the minute you sink your teeth into them! They have a hint of pumpkin flavor, but they are not overwhelmed by it.

It’s a nice addition to a great Fall sugar cookie. (Notice I’m still waiting to commit to sugar cookie vs. snickerdoodle…lol)


I have always loved Snickerdoodle cookies and these are now my very favorite! The pumpkin adds a touch of moistness that prolongs shelf life. Most Snickerdoodles are hard after day two.

I made these Friday and on Monday they still tasted super fresh. I know cause I ate two for lunch! (Who am I kidding! I’ve been eating them all weekend like they are youth preserving miracle drugs!… I wish!… By now I’d be about 8!) 

The printable recipe is below with my changes! I promise not every Monday will be “cookie day”. Let’s face it though…cookies are pure comfort food! When you’re having a bad day don’t ya just want to grab a cookie as you walk through the kitchen!!! I know! I do…frequently!

Other Favorite Fall Recipes

These are prefect “comfort cookies”! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by my Nest for a visit!

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Yield: 24-30 cookies

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

A light and fluffy, melt in your mouth sugar cookie that reminds you of a pumpkin spiced snickerdoodle. Super easy to make and delightfully yummy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 sticks butter or 14 TBSPS butter
  • 2 tsps vanillia extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree

Spiced sugar for rolling

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. With your mixer on medium, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the egg yolk, then vanilla, then pumpkin until well combined.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until well combine, with your mixer set to low. Scrape down the paddle and the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and refrigerate the cookie dough for 20 minutes.
  6. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  7. Roll the dough into one inch sized balls. Roll in sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or silicon mat and press down slightly. Space the cookies about two inches apart.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking.
  9. Let cool on the pan for about 2-3 minutes before moving to your cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 486 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 332mg Carbohydrates: 59g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 38g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g


  1. The Better Baker | 16th Oct 16

    No matter what they’re called, I’m sure I would fall in love with these wonderful cookies too. I’m such a Cookie Monster! Thanks for sharing so we can enjoy them too.

  2. chesa | 28th Oct 17

    hello I was wondering if you knew how many calories?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 30th Oct 17

      Hi Chesa,
      I’m sorry I don’t know. Wish I could help you out. I looked on-line to try to figure it out for you, but I’m just not comfortable even trying to guess. Thanks for visiting and again I’m so sorry.
      Happy Nesting!

  3. Lara | 29th Sep 18

    This recipe jumped right out at me. I’m baking a batch this morning – just have to go get some pumpkin purée! Your photography is beautiful btw!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 2nd Oct 18

      Hi Lara!
      I hope you loved these cookies as much as I do! I think they’re perfect for Fall. Thanks for the sweet compliment. My insecurities about my photography skills run deep so I truly appreciate it. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by.
      Happy Nesting!

  4. Elizabeth | 21st Oct 18

    I left the dough in the fridge for the time on the recipe and it is more like cake batter instead of dough! Should I leave the dough in the fridge for an hour or so until it ‘sets’?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 24th Oct 18

      Hi Elizabeth!
      Sorry for the late response. The dough shouldn’t be cake batter consistency. It should be a little soft but once in the refrigerator for the specified amount of time it should have been stiff and you should be able to work with it. I’m so sorry for the issues. I hope you were able to work it out. These are such great cookies!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Hope you have a great week!

  5. Jocelyne Durand | 26th Oct 18

    What are the quantities?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 26th Oct 18

      Hi Jocelyne!

      The quantities for the ingredients are at the bottom of the post in the free printable recipe card. If you can’t locate them please let me know and I can email them to you.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Happy Nesting!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 29th Oct 18

      Hi Jocelyne!

      The quantities are listed in the recipe card at the end of the post. Scroll all the way down and you should find them. These are delicious cookies. I hope you enjoy them.
      Happy Nesting!

  6. RLinda | 12th Oct 19

    I made these this morning with Splenda instead of sugar and wheat flour delicious.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 13th Oct 19

      Hi Linda!
      What a great comment to leave for those who need a diabetic option! I can’t wait to try these with the Splenda and wheat flour! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us and for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!
      Happy Nesting!

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