September 14, 2012

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Frosting

I had this "genius" idea for some cookies.  I was so proud of myself for coming up with it.  Have you guys seen those cookies where the base is a chocolate cookie, then it is topped with marshmallow creme and then chocolate frosting?  Well, I had this idea to make a pumpkin cookie and top that with marshmallow creme and chocolate frosting.   I have only ever seen pumpkin cookies frosted with cream cheese frosting and I don't know why I have never seen any frosted with chocolate frosting, since chocolate and pumpkin are a PERFECT pair (like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies) and marshmallows taste great with anything, so I figured these cookies would have to be AMAZING.  

I grabbed out my jar of marshmallow creme only to see that the "Best By" date was the month prior.  Only a month?  It still should be good.  I had already made my cookies and my frosting, so, I guess I really didn't have a choice.  I began spreading the marshmallow creme over the cookies, but after I finished the first dozen, I realized that it was running down the sides of the cookies.  Isn't marshmallow creme usually super sticky and stays in place?  Oh well, no big deal, I guess?  I will just wait until it finishes spreading and then I will add the chocolate frosting.  
I finished adding the creme to two dozen of the cookies and I left one dozen plain.  I woke up the next morning to add the chocolate frosting only to find that my pan had more marshmallow creme on it that the cookies did.  It completely ran down every last bit of the cookies.  I added frosting to one and it tasted great, but they were a super sticky mess.  So, my "genius" idea was squashed.  What do you think, should I try again? 

Luckily, I still had that extra dozen cookies that I left plain and I frosted those with my chocolate frosting and they TASTE GREAT. 

I made my pumpkin cookies less sweet than usual, since marshmallow creme is super sweet and so is the chocolate frosting.  I also only added a small amount of spice, because I didn't want that flavor to overpower the chocolate flavor.  I used my favorite chocolate frosting recipe, but I think these cookies would be outstanding with this fudgy chocolate frosting!
Pumpkin Cookies
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/4 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Cream together shortening and brown sugar until very light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each.  Add the canned pumpkin and vanilla (mixture may look curdled).  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until just combined.  Drop around 2 Tablespoons or so of dough per cookie onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes.  Do not overbake or they might be dry.  Yield: around 3 1/2 dozen cookies.    

Chocolate Frosting
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
12 Tbl. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2-3 Tbl. cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2-3 tsp. vanilla extract
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
a few Tbl. of milk, if needed

Beat the butter until fluffy.  Add the cocoa powder, salt and vanilla and beat to combine.  Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating after each addition.  Add a little bit of milk if needed.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Spread over cooled cookies.  

Jenn's Notes: Since I added less sugar and less spice, these cookies aren't the best on their own.  They really need the frosting on top to make them taste yummy.  Make sure you do not overbake them, or they will be slightly dry.  I thought they were best when eaten within a day or two.  Or, if you have a favorite pumpkin cookie recipe, you could always use that instead.    


  1. This is a must try recipe! I can't wait to try this!
    I hope you could share this at my link party at


  2. I think I would try again with fresh marshmellow. I've never had that flavor combination, but I love pumpkin and chocolate anything.

    I would love if you could link your recipe to the Fall into the Holidays blog hop!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  3. These are looking yummy! I don't know if I've ever had pumpkin and chocolate together, but it sure looks like it would be good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  4. These cookies look great and I totally agree with the less sugar thing. Every recipe I make I try to lower the sugar. I'm pinning this recipe also!

    Would love to have you come and share this at my Pumpkin Linky Party.

    take care, Linda

  5. I say try again...marshmallow, chocolate and pumpkin is a killer combo. I made a Pumpkin Nutella Fluff bread last I am craving it again after seeing these. Or maybe I am craving those super fluffy cookies...yeah, I want those too!!!

  6. Yes! So totally try again. That sounds awesome. These sound so good though, even without the marshmallow. :)

  7. Featuring this today, too! :)

    Ginger @