Spicy pumpkin cookies are heavy, delicious — and sure to please

Friends, family and occasional visitors of write meg! will know that I’ve become a bit of a nut about pumpkin. I can’t tell you quite when my obsession with the gourd began, but I do know that I’ve become known in some circles for my devotion to all things pertaining to that bright orange vegetable.

And, you know, I have a reputation to uphold.

Months after I began my search, I finally found cans of pumpkin — not pumpkin pie mix, friends, but just plain ol’ pumpkin — at my local Safeway this week. I have this booklet filled with cookie recipes and, since it’s officially fall, I knew it was time to try my hand at these little babies.

Though cupcake-baking has lately superseded any of my other culinary attempts, I’m trying to branch out and make/bake other things. So I won’t weigh 600 pounds in the near future, for one, but also so my family can have a well-balanced meal every now and then. Cookies and cupcakes do not a dinner make. (Um, most of the time.)

For the moment, though, I just can’t shake my fascination with dessert — and my excitement at the prospect of actually being able to make something like this on my own. My latest batch of goodies come in the form of Spicy Pumpkin Cookies, a recipe I pulled from a tiny Betty Crocker booklet, “Great Cookies,” I’ve kept in my purse for weeks. Yes, I seriously walk around with cookie recipes on my person at all times . . . just in case, you know, I get the urge to bake.

And I do get that urge. I do.

And now you can, too.

Spicy Pumpkin Cookies

From Betty Crocker’s “Great Cookies booklet” (2010)

Prep time: One hour

Start to finish: One hour and 30 minutes

Yield: About 30 cookies


1 box (1 lb. 2.25 oz.) yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting
Ground nutmeg or cinnamon for garnish, if desired


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet with shortening. In large bowl, mix cake mix and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin and butter until well blended. Stir in raisins, if desired.

2. Drop dough by generous tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet.

3. Bake 11 to 12 minutes or until set and light golden brown around edges. Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Frost with frosting. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.

Meg’s notes:

Delicious! This is a heavy cookie — not light and fluffy — but I think that works well for the autumn-infused pumpkin flavor. The recipe was very simple and I left out the raisins, since no one in my house is a fan. I was a little generous with the frosting, but can anyone ever be too generous with frosting? And I think the creamy vanilla was a great complement to the cookie. Overall, very tasty — and I’d wager a crowd pleaser. Mine took longer to bake than 11-12 minutes — it was probably more like 15 — but keep an eye on them . . . the bottoms brown quickly.

32 thoughts on “Spicy pumpkin cookies are heavy, delicious — and sure to please

    • I’m sorry, Emma! I seem to have a habit of doing this. Must stop posting delicious-looking stuff first thing in the morning… and now I’m hungry, too! 🙂


  1. OMG! Stop tempting me!!! 🙂

    These look amazing! I get so excited for the Fall because of things like pumpkin cookies, apple cider..but ESPECIALLY Pumpkin Spiced lattes from Starbucks!


  2. I love pumpkin stuff (except the latte!) :–) But I notice a lot of the coffee makers are also coming out with a pumpkin spice coffee for the month. The cookies look great, and today IS National Homemade Cookies Day, so it’s a perfect post!


  3. Trader Joe’s seems to always have cans of plain organic pumpkin that is my absolute favorite…right now I am craving a Pumpkin Latte from Starbucks with pumpkin spices on top and a slice of pumpkin pie…


  4. I have definitely made these cookies for Thanksgiving last year- they were awesome! I, too, am obsessed with all things pumpkin. I even had my pumpkin spice latte today. 😉


  5. Oh these look fabulous! I agree, you can never have too much icing. I like the idea of icing on a cookie. I am less into baking lately as I am into making ice cream (though I’m sure that will change as it gets colder out). You have inspired me to figure out how to make pumpkin ice cream!


  6. Okay. Must.Make.These.This.Week. I love pumpkin and I love spice and I love easy and Mr. BFR loves dessert.

    And who doesn’t have recipes with them at all times? THe first ap I downloaded to my Blackberry was the Food Channel.


  7. I’m so happy it’s pumpkin season again ! These would be divine with those pumpkin spice latte’s I’m so fond of 🙂 Or maybe that would be pumpkin overkill??? No – Never!


  8. Mmm … The best part of this post? I saw it right before I’m going to lunch! So I can satisfy my now growling-fiercely tummy, haha 🙂 Looks amazing, thanks for sharing!


  9. I love how this post has 28 comments. Because those cookies look SO delicious. I just starred this so I can make them one day soon, if I ever get the baking bug 🙂


  10. Spicy pumpkin cookies? This recipe is truly creative! The pumpkin cookies perfect for fall season and spicy flavored is very unique especially with some milk to ease the spice. Lol. The milk and spicy pumpkin cookies are the best combination for me from now on.


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