Gluten Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

by - November 16, 2019

We are right in the middle of pumpkin season and I couldn't be happier!  I look forward to this time of year and I absolutely love it.  I have been thinking a lot about pumpkin recipes and what I could do to make something amazing for this year and pumpkin sugar cookies popped into my brain.  I looked them up and low and behold they are a thing! I was so excited to get started on a gluten free version of this cookie and I was not disappointed by the results.  
After I made these cookies, my husband said that they were his new all time favorite cookie.  Now although he is my biggest supported, he is not an easy critic.  He will be honest with me and tell me just what he thinks so when he said they were his new favorite cookie, I was floored.  He asked me to make a batch two weekends in a row because he simply couldn't get enough.  I was happy to oblige because they are so easy! If you read my blog, then you know I love an easy and simple recipe that makes a great tasting dessert.  These are exactly what I love. Not a ton of ingredients and the product is simply perfect. 
These pumpkin sugar cookies are not exactly what you think of when you picture a sugar cookie. These cookies are so soft and cloud-like.  The pumpkin in them gives them such a light and fluffy texture that they are almost cake like.  Even though they are so soft they still hold their shape pretty well and are surprisingly not overly sweet.  I was a little worried when I first attempted this recipe because I was afraid they would be too sweet.  I am really not a fan of overly sweet desserts but these cookies surprised me.  Even though they do have a lot of sugar in them, they are really balanced and the sugar does not over power the other flavors.  I was also a little skeptical about putting a frosting on top of a already sweet cookie but the cream cheese frosting is a perfect addition.  The addition of the cinnamon really completes these cookies and they just wouldn't be the same without the frosting so I highly recommend frosting them.  
These cookies are just perfect for any fall gathering. I already have requests from my family to make these for Thanksgiving this year.  If you love pumpkin, then these are definitely the cookies for you.  This recipe will be added to your favorites and you won't be able to get enough of these delicious pillows of amazingness! Make sure to check out my blog for more great recipes that I am sure you will love!

Yield: 36 cookies

Gluten Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These cookies are soft and fluffy and full of pumpkin flavor. Topped with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting and these cookies will become a favorite!
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • 2 1/4 cups of Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


How to cook Gluten Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together gluten free flour blend, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter, sugar, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. 
  3. Scoop a tablespoon of cookie dough and drop into the sugar.  Roll the cookie dough into the sugar making sure it is completely covered.  Transfer to prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.  Flatten each of the cookies with the back of a spoon or fingers to makes sure they are flat. 
  4. Bake until cookies are lightly golden, about 12-15 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, make frosting: In a large bowl, beat all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Frost the top of each cookie with cream cheese frosting.
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  1. Baking soda or powder? Recipe/instructions say two different things! Thanks!