These pumpkin cookies with caramel frosting are a delicious, fluffy pumpkin cookie made especially delectable by creamy caramel frosting.

a white platter with four frosted pumpkin cookies

Quite simply, these little beauties are a classically delicious, fluffy pumpkin cookie made even more delectable by a smear of creamy caramel frosting. A divine combination, really.

Not that any of us need any additional sugar at the midpoint of Halloween week, but bookmark to try soon when you need a scrumptious treat that tastes just like the epitome of fall.

frosted pumpkin cookie with a bite taken out on a white platter

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Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Yield: 2-3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
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Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars for the cookies. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the pumpkin. In a medium bowl, sift together the baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Add the dry mixture to the pumpkin batter and mix until combined. Drop the dough by large tablespoonfuls onto a lightly greased (or lined with parchment or silpat) cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  2. For the frosting, in a medium saucepan, combine the butter, cream, brown sugar and salt, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla. Let the frosting cool to room temperature and stir in the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookies.

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Recipe Source: adapted from Let’s Dish Recipes, originally seen on Pinterest