August 4, 2011

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Icing

Remember my post about Fall?  Well, it didn't help much when I found these cookies on Pinterest the other day.  Man, that website is dangerous.  Every time I get on there, I find several things that look delicious.  So, I couldn't wait any longer, I had to make something with pumpkin!  That something was these cookies.  I hadn't ever had pumpkin cookies with this type of icing before, so I was interested to know what it tasted like.  Let's just say that I was very happy to have extra icing.  It really does taste kinda like caramel and it is soooooooo good!  Think of how good it would be on a chocolate cookie or cupcake?  Yummy.

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Icing
adapted from: Let's Dish and All Recipes

1 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1 c. canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. all-purpose flour

3 Tbl. butter
1/4 c. milk or heavy cream
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Add egg and vanilla.  Add pumpkin puree and blend well.  Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flour.  Mix well.  Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.  

To make the icing: in a medium saucepan, combine butter, milk and brown sugar over medium heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to boil.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Cool and then stir in the powdered sugar.  Spread over cooled cookies.

Jenn's Notes:  I made a half a batch of these cookies.  I used a small ice cream scoop and got 19 cookies with a half a batch.  The cookies are so soft and pretty delicate.  Let's Dish uses the icing as a frosting, but mine turned out way to runny and was more like a glaze than a frosting.  It might have been because I didn't let it cool enough or because I used milk instead of cream?  I even ended up adding more powdered sugar and it was still pretty runny.  That's okay, because it was still delicious!  Next time, I am going to add less milk and see if it turns out like a frosting.  I can't wait to try it on other desserts!!    


  1. I have a pumpkin bread recipe that uses this icing. I think you will have better luck next time if you do switch to cream. These look fabulous! I have pumpkins growing out back. I know what some will become!

  2. these look a lot like the cookies i make! here's the post if you want a banana alternative. these look wonderful by the way!!

  3. Oh my, saving this recipe for sure!


  4. Jenn I have a secret, Mr. Sweet Butter calls me Pumpkin, he always had. LOL It's so old fashioned but I love it. These cookies look delicious and probably only come in second to your incredible Neopolitan cake. LOL.

    I love reading your posts Jenn. I was humbly just nominated for the "One Lovely Blog Award" and I had to nominate you for it as well. You are welcome to stop by my latest post to see my toast to you and your blog - you can find it here.

  5. Mmm! I love pumpkin! You're killin me with this stuff! Lol! I love fall/cmas time!

  6. Oh how I am looking forward to fall and all things pumpkin:-) These cookies now have me dreaming of colored leaves and hay rides:-)

  7. I just found your AWESOME blog! Love the title and read it to my sweets-addicted husband and he loved it too! Now following and hope you follow back. Also, you're invited to join my weekend foodie blog hop where 8 blogs are featured each week. Hope you join in!

  8. I thought to myself the other day that I'm kind of ready to start some fall baking. But I do love summer and I'm not ready for the cold yet..must save these for later. :)

  9. Yumm - you're making me ready for fall AND fall food! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Social!



  10. Oh man do I love pumpkin pie! I've been craving it, I bet these would hit the spot! I'd love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials link party! I'll be hosting one every Tuesday, the link is open now :) Hope to see you there!

  11. Love, love, love pumpkin. I think it should be a year round flavor, like chocolate. I like to frost pumpkin cookies with a burnt butter frosting. Yum.

  12. Saving this recipe for fall. Looks delicious, I'm sure it will be a hit!