Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

These Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze are full of cinnamon, spice and everything nice! They were a massive hit with my taste testers and have me craving all things pumpkin.

A stack of Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze on a plate

The Best Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

As far as cookies go, these are certainly more of the cakey variety, but they are absolute cookie perfection. They are super moist, and the glaze makes them even moister. Plus, the spices in the cookie and the additional cinnamon in the glaze ramp up the flavor and will make you want to shove 5 cookies in your mouth at a time. I might have done it myself.

Ok not really, I do have some self control. But it took all of it to not do that. 🙂

One thing to note when baking these is that unlike the other cookie recipes I have where you want to under bake the cookies just slightly, you don’t want to under bake these. If you under bake them, they will stay under baked. Instead, watch them as they get close to being done and take them out just as the tops start to look done. They spread a fair bit while baking, but you’ll still want to flatten them just a bit before baking. If they stay too tall, the bottom will get too cooked before the tops are done.

A stack of Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze
Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze on a plate

So I have to say, I had the nicest weekend. We have been crazy busy every weekend for the past month, so it was nice to have a free weekend. The hubs was even busy and out of the house most of the weekend, so I got to get reacquainted with one of my favorite things – baking on the weekends. Stress-free, care-free baking. It felt like such a novelty.

It’s hard being busy so many weekends in a row because then almost all of my baking has to take place during the week, when I’m also writing posts and doing countless other things. I’ve been feeling like my creativity was getting a little zapped with the stress of it all.

It finally came back to me this weekend. I got to sleep in, work out, be a little lazy and bake with no time limit. I am so pumped for all the baking coming up now! I’ve decided fall is my new favorite season because of all the spices and flavors. I LOVE me some cinnamon and find myself adding plenty of it and I don’t have to apologize for it in fall recipes. Yay! 🙂

A stack of Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

I just bought a big new bottle of ground cinnamon and I hope to use very last bit of it. Get ready. What do you say we start with these cookies?

You might also like

Spice Cake with Pumpkin Mascarpone Buttercream
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese Icing
Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Topping

Shop the recipe

clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon
A stack of four pumpkin spice cookies on a small piece of wax paper with the top one missing two big bites

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 22
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These moist and tender Pumpkin Cookies are full of fall spice and everything nice! They’re drizzled with a smooth cinnamon glaze and absolutely packed with pumpkin. Plus, you can whip them up in under 30 minutes.


For the Pumpkin Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves

For the Cinnamon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more if needed for thickness)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be sticky.
  4. Drop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Because the dough is sticky, I dropped a tablespoon at a time, then lightly pressed them together and flattened them just a bit.
  5. Bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 1 minute, then move to cooling rack to finish cooling.
  7. When cookies are cool, whisk together ingredients for the glaze.
  8. Drizzle glaze over cookies. Allow to dry.


  • Makes 20-24 cookies
  • To Store: Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, separating layers with parchment or wax paper. Bring to room temperature before enjoying if desired.
  • To Freeze: Place cookies on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Once firm, transfer to a freezer-safe container and store for up to 3 months. Separate layers with wax paper and thaw before enjoying.

Keywords: pumpkin spice cookies, fall cookies, how to make glaze



This post may contain affiliate sales links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Share a Comment

Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question or comment. I love hearing from you and seeing what you made!

Recipe rating

  1. Heather

    These cakes/breads ‘cookies’ are delicious. My only addition was 1/2 tsp ginger. Next time I made them, which will be for Christmas, I’m going to add some toasted pecans.

    Thank you for this terrific recipe.

  2. Jackelinn

    Hello Lindsey,

    I love your blog! I discovered it when I came across your red velvet cheesecake recipe on Pinterest (which was awesome btw). I’ve since tried a few more of your cheesecake recipes, all with great results.

    I had a question about these cookies. Would the recipe work if one were to skip the glaze and add about 1 cup of dark chocolate chips to the batter instead?

    1. Lindsay

      Thank you – I’m glad you’ve enjoyed everything so far!

      These cookies are fairly light, if I remember correctly. More cakey than dense. If you are going to do chocolate chips, I might suggest mini chocolate chips so they don’t sink to the bottom.

  3. Kaitlin

    I loved these cookies! I used whole wheat flour to make them a bit healthier but it turned them an odd color. If you are going for looks I would not recommend it, I also switched out the sugars in both the cookies and the frosting with splenda to cut down on calories. They still tasted great!

  4. emily sue

    don’t now what a url is so must not have one
    lost some of my grandma’s recipes (I am 70 so her’s were old)
    Now am happy and going to my happy place, my playpen, my kitchen and bake
    ill check out yourfb as without the url thingy I doubt I will post

  5. Amanda

    I made these tonight and I have to say.. They were amazing! I love the cake-like consistency. I will absolutely make these again. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. Melissa Klotz

    Yum!! These look awesome! I totally get what you mean about having to do all your blogging during the week and not having time on the weekends. My priorities have changed over the past 9 months or so, but I’m finally going to try to work blogging back in. Along with that, I haven’t been able to bake that often. I’m moving next week and decided to do some baking before I pack all my supplies up. I think these cookies just nudged their way into the plan. Thanks for sharing! Fantastic photos 🙂

  7. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    That cinnamon glaze has me wishing I had a whole plate of these pumpkin cookies with me right now! They look so soft and chewy and perfect for these soon-to-be chilly nights! 😀

  8. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Your pumpkin cookies look so soft and fluffy and remind me of muffin tops, which are the best part of the muffin. Love the glaze drizzled on top too!

  9. Allison - Celebrating Sweets

    These cookies looks delicious! I love the spices and flavors of Fall too. I haven’t made a pumpkin recipe yet this season, but it’s time to start! 🙂

  10. Tonia

    I love it when I have a slow weekend too! It really does make things easier if you can get some of the baking/cooking done then.

  11. Tanya Schroeder

    These pumpkin cookies are so soft and pillowy with that perfect drizzle. Forget pumpkin pie, this is the way to eat pumpkin!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Yes!! I can’t wait! I don’t know if they’d fit though – my shoes might not have enough space. 😉

  12. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    After seeing your cookies and reading your post, I think I’m finally ready to break out the pumpkin and start baking ;). No better way to kick things off than with fabulous cookies! I too am so glad to finally have more time in the kitchen and bake my little heart out ;).

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      It can be hard to know when to bust out the pumpkin, but everyone was loving these cookies. 🙂 Thanks Kathi!

  13. Michelle @My California Kitchen

    Love that you challenged yourself to finish a big bottle of cinnamon! That cinnamon glaze looks amazing!

  14. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    These look delicious! I am craving all things pumpkin too but I haven’t actually broken open my first can yet! #forshame Pinned!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      This was my first can and I’ve since gone back to apple, but I think the pumpkin will come out again later this week. I’m loving both right now. 🙂

  15. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Yum! That glaze looks spoon-licking good! I would definitely be shoving 5 of these in my face!

  16. Michal

    Wow! this looks super delicious!
    I just started baking and experimenting with pumpkin, can’t believe i didn’t give it the right respect.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Rachel @ Bakerita

    I love that it’s time for pumpkin baking again! These cookies look fabulous – love that glaze!

  18. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    sleeping in with no time limit is so great and re-freshing isn’t it 😉 gotta have those weekends sometimes ! …These look perfect! I love how thick they are 😉 and I love the choice of glaze instead of frosting…I am partial to glaze over frosting! yum! pinned!

  19. Mir

    Baking when nobody’s in the house is one of life’s greatest luxuries. You can hum to yourself as you measure flour, or just revel in total silence. Love it.
    Love these cookies, too! That drizzle is so nice! And they look soft and perfect.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Mir! And yes, my personal favorite is to turn on some music and dance around the kitchen while baking. 🙂

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

Scripture I’m Loving

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12