Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

pumpkin cookies

It’s that time of year again to buy cans of pumpkin and make some sweet treats for friends and family. I saw these little cake mix cookies a while back, and new I had to try them. They’re just 3 ingredients! I added a simple 3 ingredient cream cheese frosting to make them really special.

Just 5 ingredients and you have these tasty little treats. Canned pumpkin puree and spice cake mix for the cookies; cream cheese sugar and pumpkin pie spice for the frosting. The cookies are super soft and so flavorful. They are a perfect treat to take to friends and family.

cookies on parchment paper

The cream cheese frosting is the perfect blend of sweetness and spice. Just mix it together, and frost your cookies. Or leave off the frosting all together. These cookies are just as good without.

frosted spice cookies

Note: These cookies bake up more of a ball shape than a flat cookie, and are super soft and cake-like.

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Yield: Serves 6

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 (14 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Heat oven to 350°. Combine Spice cake mix and pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Mix well with a whisk to combine. Drop cookie dough by the tablespoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until set. Let cool 3 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

After cookies are completely cooled, combine softened cream cheese, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk well to combine. Ice cookies.

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  17 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 9, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    The thought of making these this afternoon has me drooling.

  2. Cassie — October 9, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    So pillowy, love these, Angie!

  3. Allison Day — October 9, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    Those look like petite pillowy puffs of pumpkin perfection! (Sorry, couldn’t help the alliteration. 😉 ) Seriously though, they look fantastic. I love cakey soft cookies like that, especially when they come with frosting.

  4. [email protected] — October 10, 2012 @ 4:28 am

    Angie what a great easy recipe–and they are so CUTE!

  5. what katie's baking — October 10, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    all of the pumpkin spice cookies i’ve seen are without the cream cheese frosting… i’m so glad you added it… these look so delicious!

  6. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com — October 10, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Yum! What a great season treat! And so easy to make.

  7. Paula - bell'alimento — October 10, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    I would like 2 dozen of those delivered to my room right now please : )

  8. Anonymous — October 10, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    what the hell is black cream cheese

    • Angie — October 10, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

      I have no idea why I wrote that, just regular cream cheese, I corrected.

  9. do you add anything to the cake mix- oil, eggs, etc? — October 11, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    do you add anything to the cake mix- oil, eggs, etc?

    • Angie — October 11, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

      no, just the cake mix and canned pumpkin

  10. Rayna — October 15, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    These look delicious! About how many cookies do you get from one batch?

  11. Amber — October 30, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    This recipe was absolutely delicious!!! I love that it’s so simple to make & comes out so great. Thanks for posting a new fall favorite!

  12. Shayna — November 22, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    I just made these today and they are absolutely amazing!!!! My whole house smells like pumpkin cookies!! I wish I would have made them sooner so that I could have shared them for Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for the AWESOME recipe!

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