Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Buttered Rum Frosting are full of pumpkin flavor! Decorated with fall sprinkles, these make the perfect fall cookie! Great for parties or for sitting on the deck enjoying the fall weather with a cup of hot tea these soft pumpkin cookies are sure to give you that comforting feeling! These are also the perfect beginning to #PumpkinWeek!

Soft Pumpkin Cookies


Pumpkin Week is the time where a group of food bloggers bring you all things pumpkin! I am sharing with you my very favorite cookie for fall, the Soft Pumpkin Cookie with Buttered Rum Frosting. For me, this cookie is the first food I must make for the celebration of fall. Fat, soft, moist, full of pumpkin flavor all accented with the perfect pairing of rum! Of course, the fall colored jimmies top it off perfectly!


Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

I have made this particular soft pumpkin cookie recipe for years now and all I can say, is it never fails me! It comes together quickly and easy and only takes 15 minutes in the oven to bake. Your house will smell heavenly!

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Tricks of the soft pumpkin cookie flattening trade!

As I have made these over the years I have come up with a few tricks to have them turn out perfectly. My small cookie scoop is the best cookie baking tool. It scoops the perfect amount of dough for the cookies, there is only one problem. Sometimes the particular recipe is a dough that holds it shape when baking, like these pumpkin cookies.

Pumpkin Cookies

I have tried many ways of flattening the dough out some. I’ve used the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar which works pretty well. I’ve also used the palm of my hand, which is not recommended. It’s messy and the dough sticks to your hand. My biggest problem when trying to flatten the cookie out is the instrument used for flattening sticks to the cookie.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

The solution I came up with that works perfectly for this recipe is the back of a silver spoon that has been dipped in water! Just dip the back of the spoon into a small amount of water before pressing each cookie to flatten it out some.

Pumpkin Cookies

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes, or just until they are dry on the top and no indentation is left when pressed slightly with your finger.

Pumpkin Cookies

Cool and frost with a buttered rum frosting. These two flavors meld together perfectly and speak fall loud and clear!

Pumpkin Cookies

What is your favorite pumpkin treat? Be sure to check out the links below the recipe for some more pumpkin inspiration!


Kudos Kitchen by Renee – Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie
Palatable Pastime – Amish Pumpkin Roll
Caroline’s Cooking –Double Pumpkin Gnocchi
Family Around The Table –Gigi’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Bread
Feeding Big –Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal in the slow cooker
Cooking With Carlee –Lisa’s Pumpkin Soup
The Crumby Cupcake –Mini Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes
Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks –Pecan Pumpkin Cobbler
The Freshman Cook –Pumpkin Bread
Making Miracles –Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze
The Redhead Baker –Pumpkin Brulee Tart
Love and Confections –Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Rants From My Crazy Kitchen –Pumpkin Glazed Bacon
Culinary Adventures with Camilla –Pumpkin Laksa
A Day in the Life on the Farm –Pumpkin Milkshake
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings –Pumpkin Muffins
A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Pumpkin Pretzel Bites
The Bitter Side of Sweet –Pumpkin Spice Affogato
The Chef Next Door –Pumpkin Spice Granola

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Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Soft Pumpkin Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Butter Rum Frostin

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Soft Pumpkin Cookies are frosted with a Buttered Rum Frosting and are full of pumpkin flavor! Decorate with fall sprinkles and these make the perfect fall cookie!


For the Cookies:

  • 2-1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp spiced rum or 1 tsp rum extract
  • 1 tbsp half and half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the ½ cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Stir in dry ingredients.
  3. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly. *tip: I flattened by using the back of a tablespoon that I had dipped slightly in water to prevent sticking.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then frost with icing. If you use more half and half you can just drizzle the icing. I wanted to frost and decorate with fall sprinkles!
  5. To Make icing: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, melted butter, and rum extract. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.


Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 161

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