Pumpkin Drop Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Shannon Cairns

October 18, 2021


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These delicious pumpkin cookies with maple cream cheese frosting are better than pumpkin pie! Impress everyone at your holiday gathering with these spiced pumpkin cookies as a fun alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie dessert.

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Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting are indulgent and perfect for your Thanksgiving or Holiday dessert table.

You can even add chocolate chips to add some familiarity to this unique and decadent fall dessert.

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Are Pumpkin Cookies healthy?

These pumpkin cookies can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet! As far as a cookie goes, it’s not too bad for you. Pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamin A, according to WebMD, and potassium which can help your heart, and is also low in calories and high in fiber to help keep you full on your weight loss journey.

To make these pumpkin cookies a healthier dessert, leave off the frosting or substitute with low calorie options like plant based cream cheese.

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Can I add Chocolate Chips?

Yes! Simply fold in 1/4-1/2 cup of chocolate chips to your batter before baking. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies are a fun twist on this pumpkin dessert that kids will really enjoy.

Delicious Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

You’ll find this recipe fairly easy for beginners, even though it’s more of a “made from scratch” kind of vibe. Impress your friends and family with your pumpkin spice baking skills this holiday season.

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Ingredients needed to make these easy pumpkin cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
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How to Make Pumpkin Spiced Drop Cookies

1- Preheat oven to 360 degrees. Prepare cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper.

2- Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar.

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3- Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat until combined.

4 – In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.

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5- Add flour mixture to the previously mixed wet ingredients. Mix until combined.

6- Spoon onto parchment pan lined cookie sheet. Use wet spoon to smooth any bumps on top of cookies.

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7- Cook for 19 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Place on cooling rack and cool completely.

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How to make Maple Cream Cheese Frosting for your Pumpkin Dessert

This decadent maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect addition to your fall pumpkin desserts.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
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Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Directions

1- Combine butter and cream cheese.

2- Slowly sift in powdered sugar. Add maple extract. Mix until ingredients reach a smooth consistency.

3- Frost cookies after cookies have cooled completely.

Tips & Tricks for this Easy Pumpkin Cookie Dessert

Q: Can chocolate chips or pecans be added to this recipe?

A: Yes! They both taste great. Mix chocolate chips or pecans into the dough before putting the cookies on the cookie sheet.

Q: Is there another way to sift the powdered sugar besides with a sifter?

A: Yes! You can simply use a fork to fluff up the sugar before mixing it into the butter and cream cheese. This prevents lumps forming in the frosting.

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hi! I'm shannon

I’m a wife, mom of three, doctor, and blogger! In 2018, I decided to turn my mom blog, into a personal finance blog so others could follow along on our journey to pay off over HALF a MILLION dollars in student loan and practice start up debt. I hope you enjoy following along, and maybe even find some inspiration along the way.