The Best 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies for Fall

I just whipped up our first batch of pumpkin cookies this past weekend and I’m going to share my simple recipe along with a few tips on how to make your cookies perfect!

As the leaves start to change colors and the air gets crisp you know it’s time to embrace all things pumpkin. One of my favorite pumpkin treats to make are pumpkin cookies. These soft and chewy cookies are the perfect fall treat and are sure to become a new favorite in your household.

When my kids were younger e used to eat at a local deli that had the most delicious pumpkin cookies. They served their cookies year round, not just in the fall and the pumpkin was everyone’s favorite flavor in my family.

Now this wasn’t just a small cookie, it was one of those giant cookies that you can share with 2 or 3 people and it’s plenty. And it had the most delicious cream cheese frosting on top. My mouth is watering just telling you about it!

They were amazing cookies (I’m sure they still are) and I was determined to figure out how to make them at home! You’re not going to believe how easy it is!

Pumpkin Cookies Are A Delicious Fall Treat

If you want to skip right to the recipe you can but I do suggest reading the tips before you bake your cookies!

History of Pumpkin Cookies

Did you know that pumpkin cookies have been enjoyed in the United States for over a century? The origins of these cookies can be traced back to the early 1900s, when pumpkin became a popular ingredient in American cuisine.

The first known recipe for pumpkin cookies was published in a cookbook called “The Skillful Housewife’s Book” in 1845. This recipe called for pumpkin, sugar, butter, eggs, and flour. Over time, other ingredients such as spices, nuts, and raisins were added making them closer to the flavors that we find today.

Pumpkin cookies gained popularity during the Great Depression, when families were looking for ways to make the most of their limited resources. Pumpkin was a cheap and abundant ingredient, and it added moisture and flavor to baked goods.

Today, pumpkin cookies are a staple of fall baking. They are often enjoyed during Halloween and Thanksgiving, and they can be found in bakeries and coffee shops all across the country. With their warm spices and soft texture, pumpkin cookies are a comforting treat that remind us of the changing seasons and the joys of home baking.

Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies are a delicious and popular treat, especially during the fall season. In addition to their taste, pumpkin cookies also offer some nutritional benefits.

Don’t be fooled though, they are still cookies so they have sugar and calories in them!

Pumpkin cookies can be a good source of fiber and also contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.

My daughter is working on a vegan version of these cookies and when we get that one perfected I will certainly be happy to share it!

Supplies Needed for Cookie Baking

  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer or a wooden spoon
  • Wire rack for cooling
  • Measuring cup
  • Air-tight container (for storing)
  • Cookie Scoop

Want to know the secret to this recipe?

It only takes 3 ingredients!

  • A Spice Cake box mix
  • A can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • An Egg
3 ingredients for pumpkin cookies - box cake mi of spice cake, can of pumpkin and egg

I love to put cream cheese frosting on top of mine and it also only takes 3 ingredients:

  • An 8 oz block of cream cheese
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar to taste
Cream Cheese frosting ingredients cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar

To make these cookies, you can add all of your 3 ingredients to a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer or mix by hand. It just has to be well mixed so you can certainly do it with a wooden spoon.

Pumpkin cookie ingredients in a bowl

Once you have everything mixed together, you can start scooping the dough onto a baking sheet. I like to use a cookie scoop to make sure all of the cookies are the same size.

Pumpkin cookie dough on parchment sheet on baking sheet ready to cook

One thing about these cookies though – they are more like little cakes and they won’t flatten and spread as much as some cookies do so you may want to use a spoon to smooth the tops of them or flatten them a bit.

Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 350°F for 12-15 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown. Since they have a cakey texture to them you’ll want to test them with a toothpick to be sure that they’re cooked all the way through.

Once they are baked you can move them to a wire rack to finish cooling and once they’re cool they are ready for their frosting!

That’s it!

With these ingredients and a little bit of time, you can make delicious pumpkin cookies that are perfect for fall.

Pumpkin Cookie Baking Techniques and Tips

When it comes to baking pumpkin cookies, there are a few techniques that can help ensure a successful outcome. As someone who has baked countless batches of pumpkin cookies, I have found the following tipss to be particularly helpful:

Use Pure Pumpkin Puree

Make sure to use pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is already sweetened and spiced, which can throw off the balance of your cookie recipe.

Use Room Temperature Ingredients

To ensure that your pumpkin cookies bake evenly and have the right texture, it is important to use room temperature ingredients. This means taking your egg (and pumpkin puree) out of the refrigerator about an hour before you plan to start baking. Room temperature ingredients mix together more easily and create a more uniform batter, which can help prevent over- or under-baking.

Don’t Overmix the Dough

Just mix until all your ingredients are blended together. If you mix too long it can make your batter more dense and you definitely want these cookies to be light and delicious!

Use Parchment Paper

I love using parchment paper to line my baking sheets! It can help prevent your pumpkin cookies from sticking and can make cleanup easier. I recommend cutting the parchment paper to fit your baking sheet or buying the pre-cut sheets.

Bake Thoroughly

Be sure that your cookies are baked all the way through. Use a toothpick to test them. This is the one cookie recipe that I leave baking on the longer range of time, if these cookies aren’t baked all the way through they’ll have a soggy texture after they cool.

Yes, we’ve done that. They still taste okay but it’s not a great cookie and you definitely don’t want to share a soggy cookie with a friend!

Cool Completely

This is for the same reason as above.

By following these baking techniques, you can help ensure that your pumpkin cookies turn out perfectly every time and all your friends and family will be asking for your recipe!

Frosted pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack

Variations of Pumpkin Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

After your ingredients are mixed add 1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips into the mix. You can use dark or white chocolate or even milk chocolate. Some people prefer this instead of using the cream cheese frosting on top!

Nutty Pumpkin Cookies

Mix in a cup of your favorite nuts either chopped or slivered. We highly recommend walnuts or pecans for this recipe. Pepitas are another yummy addition that will give the cookies a bit of crunch.

Craisin Pumpkin cookies

Another fun addition to your cookies can be raisins or craisins (dried cranberries). Add 1 cup after your ingredients are fully mixed. You will probably want to forgo the frosting on these as well.

Storing and Freezing Pumpkin Cookies

When it comes to storing pumpkin cookies, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure they stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible. Here are some tips for storing and freezing pumpkin cookies:

  • Store cookies in an airtight container
  • Keep cookies at room temperature: Pumpkin cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days. If you want to keep them for longer, you can freeze them.
  • Freeze cookies in airtight containers: They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw cookies at room temperature: When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen pumpkin cookies, simply remove them from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours.
  • Avoid refreezing cookies: Once you’ve thawed pumpkin cookies, it’s best not to refreeze them. This can affect their texture and flavor.

Whether you decide to make the basic recipe and add frosting or not I know you’re going to love these cookies! They’re the perfect treat on a fall afternoon and they are great with coffee or your favorite fall drink!

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