Soft, chewy, and pillowy pumpkin cookies with cinnamon, spices, and pecans are topped with a buttercream icing. These Frosted Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a fall must bake!
If you are looking for more pumpkin recipes be sure to check out some of my other favorites, like my Pumpkin Buttermilk Waffles, Caramel Pumpkin Spice Snack Cake, or my Boozy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
You will love these Frosted Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies because they are soft, pillowy, and full of cozy fall vibes! I add pecans into a soft and caky pumpkin spice cookie, and I top them with a simple buttercream icing.
Fall is full of cozy drinks like my Kava Tea Steamer, Dark Hot Chocolate, and my Honey Almond Steamer. And nothing goes better with a warm and cozy drink than cookies! These Frosted Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies will be a hit this fall anytime you share them.
Ingredients for Frosted Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies
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Tips for Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies
• Make sure you are using soft butter for the cookies. If you need to soften butter in the microwave, only do 10 seconds per stick at a time. You may have to do multiple intervals of 10 seconds, but going longer can melt portions of the butter, which isn't good.
• My favorite canned pumpkin is Farmer's Market, find it here. If you are going to pick one ingredient to splurge on or buy for a recipe – always choose the star. For example, the star in this recipe is pumpkin as it's the most prevalent flavor. So, you want the best one to shine through.
• If your cookie dough seems sticky, just pop the bowl in the fridge for 5 to 15 minutes until it's easier to work with. It should be easily rollable with your hands.
• Allow the cookies to cool completely before frosting them. I know this is so hard! But, if you frost cookies when they are warm the frosting will melt, and you don't want that!
• The best way to store these cookies is in an airtight container so they retain their soft and chewy texture. My trick for this is to frost all the cookies, leave on the cookie sheet and pop the whole cookie sheet in the freezer overnight. This will allow the frosting to harden. Then, you can put them in tupperware or ziploc bags to store in the freezer if you want to keep them there.
Do I need a stand mixer?
No, if you want to use a hand mixer for this recipe you can do that as well. I just always prefer my stand mixer because it's hands free.
Cam I omit the pecans?
Yes, if you have a nut allergy you can definitely omit the pecans! Or if you just want a plain pumpkin spice cookie. You could also replace the pecans with walnuts, almonds, or chocolate chips, all of which would be so good!
What if I don't have pumpkin spice?
You can make your own Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix with my easy recipe! This is just a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. You probably have these spices in your pantry already!
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
Yes, if you want to freeze some of the cookie dough to bake off later you can definitely do that. I recommend forming the dough into the right size balls first, then storing in an airtight container so they freeze in the exact size and portion you need. When ready to bake, just thaw them to room temperature before baking.
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Frosted Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies
- 113 grams salted butter (softened)
- 113 grams cane sugar
- 113 grams dark brown sugar (packed)
- 1 large egg
- 113 grams pumpkin puree
- 340 grams all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground vanilla bean
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 127 grams pecan halves
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and dark brown sugar. Mix on low until there are no butter chunks. Add the egg and pumpkin puree and mix just slightly, enough to break the yolks.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, vanilla bean, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low until almost combined, you’ll see bits of flour. Add the pecans and mix on low until fully combined.
- Using your hands, form the dough into 24 balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them so they are disks that are about 2 ¼-inch in diameter.
- Bake for 11 minutes or until set and dry. Let cool completely on the cookie sheet.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.