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Grabbing a Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookie from a plate

What’s fall without a good seasonal sugar cookie? I’m glad you agree. Onto the dough!

Freshly whipped Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookie doughVegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies on a baking sheet

These cookies were inspired by fall, first and foremost, but also by my 1-Bowl Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes!

I overfilled the muffin tins with batter on my first try and quickly realized that the overflow baked perfectly into a sugar cookie-type consistency! In that moment, I knew vegan sugar cookies were not far out of reach.

Freshly baked Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies resting on a cooling rack

This recipe is easy and fast! Just 1 bowl, simple methods, and 1 hour start to finish (frosting and all). And they just so happen to taste like the sugar cookies of your youth, just without (real) butter, eggs, or milk. Huzzah!

Baking sheet filled with a batch of our Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies recipeUsing a butter knife to spread icing onto a Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookie

And what would a sugar cookie be without frosting?

I’ve included a basic vegan buttercream recipe below that’s infused with pumpkin butter and fall spices. It makes the perfect addition to these fluffy gems and sends the pumpkin flavor over the top.

Plate and baking sheet with a partially-frosted batch of homemade Vegan Pumpkin Sugar CookiesGrabbing a freshly frosted Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookie

You’re going to love these cookies. They’re:

Tender
Fluffy
Slightly crisp on the edges
Pumpkin-y
Subtly spiced
Perfectly sweet
Amazing with pumpkin buttercream
Satisfying
Simple
& Shareable

What are you waiting for? No seriously?

Baking sheet with freshly frosted Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies topped with pumpkin pie spiceStack of our 1-Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

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Delicious partially eaten Pumpkin Sugar Cookie alongside the rest of the batch

Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Tender, fluffy, vegan pumpkin sugar cookies that require just 1 bowl! Super fluffy, simple preparation, and perfect for fall!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Plate of five Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with two unfrosted
4.92 from 105 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 22 (cookies)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (frost just before serving)
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

COOKIES

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance // softened* // 1 stick yields 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar (plus more for topping)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree*
  • 1 1/2 heaping cups unbleached all-purpose flour (sub up to 1/3 whole-wheat pastry)
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder (for thickening/binding)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

FROSTING (optional)

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance // softened* // 1 stick yields 1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin butter* (optional // or use store-bought)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp each ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 splash non-dairy milk

Instructions

  • Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer for 1 minute.
  • Add sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and beat for 1 more minute. Add pumpkin and mix once more.
  • Set your sifter over something that will catch fall out and add dry ingredients. Use a spoon to briefly stir, then sift over butter and sugar ingredients, to combine.
  • Mix until incorporated, being careful not to over mix. Then add almond milk and mix until a soft dough is formed. Freeze dough for 15 minutes, or refrigerate for 30 minutes (or chill overnight), preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 C), and position a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Scoop out heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of dough and roll into balls. Place on a clean baking sheet 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. Dip a glass into cane sugar and then gently smash the cookie ball down into a disc (see photo).
  • Bake on the center rack for 10-12 minutes or very slightly golden brown.
  • Let rest on pan for a few minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Prepare frosting in the meantime.
  • FOR FROSTING: Wipe/rinse your mixing bowl clean and add softened butter. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add vanilla, spices, and pumpkin butter (optional) and mix once more.
  • Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and continue mixing until thick and creamy. Drizzle in a little non-dairy milk to thin. You want this frosting to be pretty thick so it will hold its shape once on the cookies, so only add a little milk and add more powdered sugar if it gets too thin.
  • Once cooled, frost cookies and top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to a few days. Freeze for longer-term storage.

Notes

*Vegan butter sticks are best for baking, as the tubs can often contain water to ease spreading, which can affect the final product. I prefer Earth Balance buttery sticks for baking.
*If you are trying to speed-soften your butter, simply cut it into thin slices from the stick and it will soften much quicker.
*Pumpkin butter can be subbed for pumpkin puree, but hold back 1 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) of cane sugar.
*Loosely adapted from my Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional frosting.

Nutrition (1 of 22 servings)

Serving: 1 cookies Calories: 93 Carbohydrates: 13 g Protein: 0.9 g Fat: 4 g Saturated Fat: 1.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.92 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.82 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 95 mg Potassium: 4 mg Fiber: 0.1 g Sugar: 6.3 g Vitamin A: 229 IU Vitamin C: 0.08 mg Calcium: 16.91 mg Iron: 0.48 mg

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  1. Sam says

    I made these for Halloween and they were wonderful ! Everyone loved them. They were so fluffy and incredibly tasty. Thank you for this amazing recipe !

  2. Alex says

    I made these as a test to see if they would be a good Thanksgiving dessert…they were amazing! I will definitely be making them this Thanksgiving!

  3. hannah says

    I made these cookies! I love them! They are unbelievably fluffy and a perfect balance of spice. xox
    They also happened to turn out to have insides the color of Red-Hots. Curious if this happened to anyone else? I used pumpkin puree (tinned). A pleasant surprise.

  4. Iris says

    I made these today with ap flour cause its what I had and even though my heaped cups apparently weren’t “heaped” enough, the flavor and texture is still good; I also had to bake them for longer, around 20 minutes. They’re more crispy with a slight fluffy center but they’re still lovely. Next time, I’ll be sure to pack more flour into my cups but I’m still really happy I made them. They taste kind of like gingerbread cookies but without the punch from the ginger, which I appreciate. Thanks as always for these great recipes!

  5. Emilia says

    I made this recipe yesterday for Halloween and it turned out wonderful! I used cookie cutters and it ended up making 19 cookies with just a tiny bit left over. The only changes I made were to the frosting. Instead of pumpkin butter I used 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin purée, I only used 1 & 1/4 cup powdered sugar (it was still thick enough), and I added extra pumpkin spice/cinnamon to it as well! I gave some cookies to my non-vegan friends/family and they all said they were delicious!!!

  6. Rio Long says

    I made these for a family Halloween get together and everyone who tried one (all omni folk besides myself) said that these cookies were absolutely amazing!

    The recipe was super easy to follow and made 20 decent sized cookies. They’re the most perfect soft baked sugar cookies and the seasoning made it perfect for fall. The frosting was not too sweet and even people who don’t love frosting said it was great. They didn’t spread, stick to the pan, crumble when you took at bite or any other things that can normally happen with vegan cookies!

  7. Jessie says

    I made this and thought the cookies were yummy. I agree with a previous comment that they don’t have a strong pumpkin flavor so I think I will try using pumpkin butter instead of the puree if I make these again. I made way too much frosting and was wondering if you can freeze the frosting? Thanks!

  8. M says

    I love these cookies! Made them for the first time today. I like really spicy cookies so I doubled the pumpkin spice and they were smashing. My boyfriend ate 3 in a row. I did some with and without frosting. Absolutely will be making again!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. Sophia says

    I followed the recipe to a T and they seemed really dry, I ended up doubling the milk in the recipe. The cookie itself also did not taste very pumpkin-y, surprisingly. More like a snickerdoodle. Its not bad though, I do like the recipe! I think its just personal taste. I was very surprised with the light fluffy texture of the cookie but it was fun! Defenitely looking forward to putting some pumpkin frosting on these babies. Overall very creative recipe. For being a vegan cookie, five stars.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the feedback, Sophia! Did you make any modifications before adding the milk? Such as a different type of flour? That could cause it to be more dry. For more pumpkin flavor, you could try subbing pumpkin butter in place of the pumpkin purée.

  10. Sam says

    Hi :) Thanks for this recipe ! It looks so good. I will be trying it this weekend for Halloween. However, I have a question. I’m not from USA, and I don’t understand this sentence : “1 1/2 heaping cups unbleached all-purpose flour (sub up to 1/3 whole-wheat pastry)”. If I’m using “regular” whole-wheat pastry, should I be using 1 1/2 cups or 1/3 cup ? I just want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes. Thank you ! And Happy Halloween :)

  11. Janet--Love the World says

    These are so delicious! I now have a true reason to buy cookie cutters, so I did. I ordered super cute halloween pumpkin cookie cutters, they are a perfect recipe (pun intended) to spice up the Halloween festivities, or fall related (leaf cutter shapes etcetera) and also work well if you are not frosting! I went with simpler shapes to frost/ice, or regular pumpkins such as small round circles (traditional cookies) and then the festive cutouts I did not frost. I got more cookies out of the dough this way, and had more frosting. You can always make less frosting too! I love the pumpkin butter to mine, though. Also these cookies are not hardcore pumpkin, no overwhelming flavor! I strongly encourage new bakers to do this recipe! I’ve made them 4 times already! Try her pumpkin butter recipe as well, you will be glad that you did! I’m a yoga teacher and will be making for my students!

  12. Emily says

    Definitely delicious!!! Followed the recipe exactly, and they are delicious! I did try rolling them and using a black cat cookie cutter, but this dough is definitely not made for rolled sugar cookie cutouts. I think a pumpkin shape, or other shape without any small joints might have worked, but it worked much better to roll balls and squish them with sugar.

  13. Carmen says

    Our cookies came out beautiful and delicious. Thank you. We had a bunch of figs fresh off the tree so I made a fig jam that we used as frosting. We then topped with craisins. The flavors pair together really well and it’s a really nice fall cookie.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Carmen! And that fig jam sounds incredible. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Kelly says

    I just finished baking these, the house smells delicious (also made the apple crisp recipe). My partner and I tried one each while they were fresh off the cooking rack, I don’t like sugar cookies normally, but I LOVE these.

  15. Amanda says

    Your recipes never disappoint . . . Ever! These cookies are delicious. I will be adding this recipe to my favorites.

  16. Abigail Garcia says

    Made these cookies for myself on Mother’s Day. I enjoyed them very much! Thank you for the recipe. Due to my baby’s food intolerances I am avoiding dairy, soy and corn so these hit the spot!!!! Instead of corn start he I used tapioca starch and it turned out well! thank you from sharing!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Abigail! Happy belated mother’s day and thanks so much for the lovely review!

  17. Robin says

    These cookies turned out great! Instead of cornstarch, I used a flax egg, and I just didn’t add the almond milk at the end. They are perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside! Super delicious recipe.

  18. Andrea says

    This was my first foray into vegan baking and it was a huge success!!! These cookies are amazing and I could eat the whole batch by myself. I didn’t use the pumpkin butter in the icing, but I did add a touch of fresh ground nutmeg. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. Ari says

    These were amazing! I made them a day ahead for my daughters class, but taste tested and they came out great!! Would you recommend refrigerating these over night or storing out in an air tight container? Thanks!

  20. Bailey says

    So good!!! I made them exactly as stated above with icing and all. I could not be more happy with how they turned out. My fiancé even loved them which is always a toss up. We will be making these again!

  21. Rachel says

    I made these for dessert when my boyfriend and I had a vegan couple over for supper and I cannot believe how incredible they were. I’d never used vegan butter before, even though it’s similar to margarine right? Anyway I used the Earth Balance sticks as the recipe suggested, and I prefer to weigh all my ingredients so I went metric – and this is one of my favorite things about all the recipes here actually.
    I digress.
    I was fairly heavy handed with the spices, but I find it’s very hard to overdo it. Also I used almond coconut coffee creamer instead of milk – delish. The frosting was unquestionably the best frosting I’ve ever made. I sifted the powdered sugar to avoid lumps – but it was so thick and delicious. My friends were blown away, but I was more shocked I think. I’m not vegan (neither is my boyfriend) but I love cooking for people and trying new things so this was really exciting and I’m so please at how well it came out. I wish I’d taken pictures but all the cookies got devoured.

    Oh and the tip about the glass, I couldn’t get the sugar to stick to it, so I just dipped the rolled cookie dough balls into sugar and smashed it with the glass after. That was the best tip – they looked great! I’m already planning to make these again.

  22. Maryse Guevara says

    My daughter loves these! We use the Earth Balance vegan butter in the tub, and then half the amount of almond milk added at the end of the recipe. I need to calculate the calories, because it’s discouraging that a tablespoon of dough has 184 calories. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maryse, we’re so glad she enjoys them! Thanks for bringing the nutrition issue to our attention. We rechecked it and updated!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi J.C. we haven’t tried that, but it might work! However, the switch to a liquid sweetener may impact the texture. If you can have coconut sugar, that might be a better 1-1 substitute. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  23. Jen says

    These are amazing! Delicious and fluffy. A huge hit at the pumpkin carving party! I ran out of confectioner’s sugar so I improvised and added some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to a jar of vanilla icing. Still vegan and delicious! Will definitely make again. Thank you!

  24. Katia says

    I can’t wait to make these! I’m going to make them for my Halloween bake sale at work! I like making people taste vegan things & being like “what this is vegan?” Haha so I have one question! In step 5 you say to use a glass & to dip it in cane sugar & then push down on the cookie with it. I’m just wondering exactly what you mean by that. Do you mean you take the bottom of a glass cup & dip it in cane sugar & then push down on the cookie? If so, how would the cane sugar stick to the cup for us to be able to do that? Could you please clarify what you mean please? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, that’s what I mean! Only as much sugar as will coat the bottom of the glass. It sticks more as you go. Thanks for sharing, Katia!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cindy, We haven’t tried it, but another reader mentioned doing so with success! If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  25. Kelly says

    I want to make these for my daughter but she is allergic to corn so I can’t use baking powder due to the added corn starch. I was happy to see the substitution to arrow root but I am wonder since this calls for both baking powder and soda, should I increase the amount of baking soda I use? If so by how much?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kelly, we haven’t tried these without baking powder and aren’t sure whether they will be quite as fluffy without it. But some people say you can use 1/2 tsp cream of tartar + 1/4 tsp baking soda as a substitute for 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Let us know if you give it a try!

  26. Traci says

    I made these today for the first time…absolutely delicious! Light and fluffy…oh and the icing is unbelievably out of this world!

  27. Amanda says

    I made these and they tasted great but they cane out chewy and won’t hold together. I even baked them longer than suggested and left them on the hot cookie sheet. I was trying the recipe out for my sons class next week, now what??

      • Allison Tracy says

        I tried using the other GF recipe with the icing from this recipe and it was perfect! If anyone else wants to try to make these V/GF, then I definitely recommend the other sugar cookie (I used the pumpkin puree as the binder per the recipe and they held together fine)- a huge hit in our house!

  28. Nani says

    I a so eager to make these for my nieces and nephews for Halloween but I’m curious could the dough be rolled out and cut out with cookie cutters?

  29. Angela says

    Such a hit! I like to play with recipes so for the flour i used 1 cup white, 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup whole wheat. I also used real butter. I mixed it all by hand and they turned out great! Saving the recipe. I want to try some other purees like in the comments.
    Do you think the dough would freeze well for later baking?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Angela! Thanks for sharing! Yes, we do think the dough would freeze well!

  30. Amy says

    I could not stop thinking about these cookies after seeing the pictures and finally made them last night. The cookie has a nice soft texture and the flavor is perfection. The cookies are seriously good alone, but the creamy sweet icing takes them to a whole new level. They look so beautiful on a tray, I wish I had a party to attend! For the cookie, I subbed Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter for the pumpkin puree with your suggested alteration (less one tablespoon of sugar). Thanks for another great vegan recipe!

  31. Lindsay says

    These were so good! I made them for a party and I got so many comments that they were the best treats there (I didn’t even tell people they were vegan). Highly recommend making these!

  32. Anne says

    Plan on making these this weekend! Ever since I’ve come back from living in England, I’ve baked using grams instead of cups and I’m not quite sure how to convert 1½ ‘heaping’ cups! ? (Not even sure I know where my measuring cups are!)

  33. Rachel says

    Super delicious! I’m not vegan, so I used cow butter & milk and an egg to bind and they turned out great! I also used sweet potato puree instead of pumpkin, since I already had some on hand. Perfect cozy fall treat! Thanks for another great recipe Dana!

  34. Isaac says

    Great recipe, made these with fresh roasted acorn squash instead of pumpkin and it turned out lovely!!! Used gluten free 1 to 1 flour and it worked well, just had to bake two more minutes. Love the pumpkin or squash butter icing too. It’s almost too good. Using the extra squash butter in oatmeal, V.yogurt, and V.ice cream.

  35. Dawn says

    Great flavor but they turned out grainy and fell apart. Admittedly, I am not much of a baker. Perhaps, I should added more liquid? I am also cooking at over a mile above sea level which usually means more flour. However, I followed the recipe this time. Any thoughts? Thanks! I love your recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, sounds like the dough was either too dry on the front end or they got over-baked or both. Try adding less dry ingredients next time and also baking for slightly less time!

    • Isaac says

      Must be the altitude, will dry everything out. I would add small amounts of almond milk at the end to soften it up and make sure you chill the dough before baking, so the corn starch sets. I used gluten free flour which is generally drier but they turned out soft and yummy, so must be your location.

  36. Debbie Patterson says

    Just made these cookies and they turned out wonderful! Soft and tasty! I also used all whole wheat flour and just sprinkled with sugar (no icing). It will definitely be a fall favorite as I love anything pumpkin!!

  37. Kristyna says

    Just made these today, hands down the most successful and delicious pumpkin cookie ever. Icing is bomb and the crispy yet airy texture of the cookie is spot on texture. I swear I can never fail a good meal with mb ???

      • Amanda says

        I am obsessed with your blog. I wish it were an app so I could save all my favorite recipes! Thank you for sharing so much delicious goodness!

        I’m curious if you could substitute coconut oil or applesauce (or some other whole food) in place of vegan butter for this recipe?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Amanda! I’m not sure about only applesauce in place of the fat. But I do think coconut oil may work? Let us know if you try!

  38. Lexi says

    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! I’ve been vegan for 4 years and these are by far the best cookies I’ve ever made! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  39. Autumn Gelgut says

    These are honestly the most delicious pumpkin cookies ever. I’m wondering if I store them in the refrigerator how long do you think they’re good for? Also the icing oh my goodness ??

  40. Alexis says

    I made these last October for a bake sale to benefit Breast Cancer at my work. Yesterday a lady came up to me and said that multiple people requested that I make them again this year! I used the icing in bags and did designs. This recipe was easy and came out amazing looking and tasting!! I can’t believe I got a group of non-vegans to request my vegan cookies a year later! I gave them the recipe, but they asked me to make it. Really excited for this year’s bake sale! Going to try more recipes from Dana. Thank you girl for the amazing recipes! You do such a great job and you’re helping so many animals in the process! ??? I wanted to post a photo, but there is no option here. I will tag you in my photos from last year.

  41. Donna says

    My twelve-year-old daughter made this recipe all on her own this afternoon, and they turned out AMAZINGLY!! Rich flavors, soft texture, and just heaven in my mouth. Cannot wait to try another vegan recipe on your blog, as this was our first!! Thank you for sharing!!

  42. Ela says

    Love this cookies, came out very flat (need a little practice ;) ) , but I will keep this recipe as my new favorite basic cookie dough recipe. Sooo tasty. I did not made the frosting. I can add on nuts, seeds or chocolate, whatever I like! Thank you :-)

  43. Brandi says

    So delicious! The cookies are moist with a bit of chew but still so soft. The icing is delicious and not too sweet. I made them into whoopie pies and my family raved! Will definitely make again

  44. Ann Wylie says

    I just made these for Thanksgiving and they turned out awesome! The frosting is delicious and the sugar cookie texture is perfect. Thank you!

  45. Yvette says

    DELICIOUS! I made these last night. It took A LOT of will power not to just eat this dough!

    The first tray I baked, I didn’t flatten the cookies enough (maybe about 1″ thick)… oops! The second tray, I flattened them more – to about ½” thick.

    BOTH came out amazing! The thicker ones had a soft-baked, pillowy texture. The flatter ones were still amazing – slightly crisp edges and tender center.

    The frosting is pretty tasty too and, quite honestly, the cookies don’t even need it! I find that the earth balance makes the frosting slightly salty.

  46. Amanda says

    These were truly fabulous. I didn’t have vegan butter so made them with regular unsalted butter. I halved the frosting which still left enough to frost each cookie, and I felt that the cookies were appropriately sweet at that. The kids loved helping to make these as well. Will definitely make these again as an easy “wow” cookie!

  47. Maryann says

    Thx! I used a mesh strainer. They came out amazing! I made the frosting too and ate too many. Lol. I made homemade almond butter and spread that on the cookie then spread the frosting on top of that and omg… Ridiculous. Lol. Thx!

  48. Emily says

    Wow! These are just so delicious. They were so easy to make and I will definitely be making these again since it’s the holiday season. With or without icing they were the bomb.com! Vegan or not, the entire family loved them.

  49. Ruth Lynam says

    Doubled the spices, used whole wheat flour, didn’t have cornstarch (or tapioca, etc.), and they turned out great! Texture and moistness were good, although I didn’t sift my flour at all, which was a mistake. Still, amazing flavor, and quick to make; I don’t own an electric mixer, and hand-mixing was no problem. I dusted some powdered sugar on top instead of frosting. I might try adding some walnuts or dark chocolate in the future.

  50. Lauren says

    Absolutely loved this recipe! It was such a huge hit with my family! I used vegan becel spread as I didn’t have earth balance on hand and it worked great. The cookies were a bit flatter and chewier but still so soft and amazing! Great fall flavour and super yum

  51. Fanny says

    when i saw this recipe i wanted to make it right away! and i did. in the spirit of fall i substituted calvados for vanilla. Yum! with the sugar topping they did not need the frosting… although my husband said that frosting would have only made them better. I love fall and i always make a vegan halloween pumpkin cookie and this is a new favorite.

  52. Reba says

    Hello! I was excited to try this recipe and followed all the steps with a result of flat cookies. If I am using whole wheat flour are you saying to use 1/3 cup only? I’m thinking this is where my mistake was.

  53. Nicole says

    I bought the ingredients to make these and am so excited! Being a baker, I am a little nervous about the “heaping” flour. You really don’t level off the flour?? So it’s probably closer to 1 3/4 C flour? Can anyone who has made them weigh in on what you did and how the texture turned out?

  54. Jo says

    I would like to use whole-wheat pastry and was confused by subbing. So would I use 1 1/3 cups of whole-wheat pastry? Sorry may be a dumb questions but wanted to make sure I got it correct.

    1 1/2 heaping cups unbleached all-purpose flour (sub up to 1/3 whole-wheat pastry)

  55. Carmen says

    Made these today… Best cookies I have ever eaten! Delicious. I made half the amount and I made around 10 cookies. I also used regular butter and it worked perfectly. I skipped the cornstarch as I did not have any and the texture is perfect and very chewy. I wish I added a bit more cinnamon, could be because I didn’t add the frosting or cinnamon on top! Great recipe, thanks!!

  56. Bekah says

    I have made these multiple times and every time they come out ridiculously amazing. I have made some good cookies in my day but these top the list!

    Love bringing them to potlucks because the plate is always empty by the end.

  57. Baylie says

    These are delicious! So glad I made a double batch. My husband said that they’re some of the best cookies he’s ever had. :)

  58. Kim says

    Oh wow! I made these and they turned out amazing it was so easy and fun, the batter was delicious,and the smell made my heart skip! Even if the batter got a little sticky on my hands after freezing and waiting 50 seconds too much , I didn’t mind eating it off!!!!

  59. Sydney says

    Made these today and oh my goodness, they are amazing! My boyfriend, who is a sugar cookie lover, said these are his favorite cookie I have ever made! I have made probably 20 of your recipes so far and none of them have let me down! Thank you, Dana!

  60. Kristin says

    I found mine were chalky to the taste when done. We used gluten free flour though. Any ideas on how to make it less chalky?

  61. Valerie M. says

    These are absolutely delicious (made them without the frosting). My 10 year old is absolutely addicted, and I have to admit, I am too! My daughter has many food allergies, so I’m always thrilled when I can find something yummy to make her at home. Thanks for the stellar recipe, we will be making these often!

  62. Doug says

    I make these for our halloween party and they were outstanding. The flavor was excellent and the icing was creamy goodness. The only thing I did different was to roll the chilled batter on a pastry cloth and use a glass to cut them out. That way I could make sure they were all uniform. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper.

  63. Lilly says

    These are amazing!! I used pumpkin pie filling instead of puré and didn’t add the pumpkin spice but they were still so good! I found it made less than the recipe states but still absolutely wonderful!! Will be adding to my fall baking list!

  64. Amber Rea says

    I just made these for my son’s Halloween Pumpkin Patch adventure at school tomorrow. They are all about a year old so I decided not to make the frosting to save on the sugar. These are perfect! Not too sweet, soft and easy for little hands and mouths with the perfect amount of pumpkin and spice to remind you of the fall without being overwhelming and in your face. Love these! I will definitely be making these, with the frosting, for the holidays!

  65. Lindsey says

    Hi, could I substitute coconut butter for the earthbalance butter? I don’t have access to vegan butter. Thanks! Love your site! :)

  66. Tfro says

    These turned out delicious! I can’t stop eating them. Next time I’ll have to double the recipe. I made the dough at night and baked them in the morning. I am at high altitude and they turned out perfect with no adjustments.

  67. Sara says

    So good! I used mashed banana because I didn’t have pumpkin and used half applesauce in place of half of the “butter”… so good! And almost healthy, right?! ;)

  68. Kali says

    These are fabulous! I used gluten free flour and even used stevia “sugar” instead to save calories! So yummy!! Thank you. Vegan and Gluten Free!!! ????

  69. Emily says

    I have been vegan for over 1.5 years and this was my first time really experimenting with vegan baking! I usually just buy pre-made items from whole foods because I am afraid to mess up in the kitchen. However, this recipe was so easy to follow, and the batter was amazing… so I knew they were going to turn out great! I brought them to a family gathering and everyone liked them and I didn’t even broadcast that they were vegan. So excited to continue baking in the future! :)

  70. Michael says

    Instead of 1/4 C. pumpkin or apple sauce, I enjoy making these cookies using two flax eggs with some strong green tea as the liquid.

  71. Teresa Endress says

    I am excited to try these cookies out. I will let you know how they turn out. I use a lot of your recipes, so thank you.

  72. Sam says

    Made these yesterday… hands down the BEST sugar cookies I’ve ever tasted. You know how usually the dough tastes better than the actual cookie? Well, this cookie tastes just as good as the dough! I was skeptical making it without eggs (a first, for me) but I am so happy with how they turned out! Next time I need to make cookies, I’m heading straight to this website!

  73. Barb says

    I made these for the first time yesterday and brought them to a family get together. Every single person raved over them. They are simply delicious! I did use the optional pumpkin butter (store bought) and vanilla in the frosting and it was seriously some of the best frosting I’ve had. I can’t wait to make another batch to bring to the office. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a definite keeper!

  74. Lorraine says

    Just made these! They smell delicious and taste even better! We’re sending them with our daughter to a Halloween function tomorrow (but I will admit – we’re keeping a few for ourselves ;P )

    LOVE your recipes Dana – every single one I’ve tried has been a smashing success!

  75. Nina says

    Everything turned out perfect! It is pretty sweet.. I had two in a sitting. Frosted decadence! That’s not store bought ;)
    Also, thank you for the spot on measurements, icing to cookie, and cookie dough, I love when recipe works out that way!

  76. The Pie Lady says

    I made these for a vegan friend and of course I had to try some and they turned out super yummy! I did omit the almond milk as I had none and the dough was soft already. Left them in the fridge overnight and popped them in the oven the next morning. They turned out soft, a little cakey, and perfect.

  77. Lauren says

    I am a huuge pumpkin spice fan, so I was looking for the perfect recipe, and I definitely found it! Your recipes never ever disappoint :) I wish I could rate this more than 5 stars!
    These were like autumn in cookie form. I made a batch and it was gone in like, 3 hours. (a.k.a my fam approves)
    I didn’t have any pumpkin butter for the icing, but it turned out very tasty without it :)
    Thank you so so much for this recipe!

  78. Monika says

    I make these all the time and they are my favourite cookie! I want to make a batch of the dough (I have some pumpkin puree leftover that I do not want to waste), and I was wondering if the raw dough can be frozen? If so, how long will it keep in the freezer? Many thanks! :-)

  79. Daynah says

    These are delicious! I added extra pumpkin and added flax when I made them. They are really pumpkiny which is great because pumpkin is so yummy and good for you. And my house smells amazing because of them. Thanks for the great recipe!

  80. Colleen says

    These were one of your first recipes for me to try, browsing one night for a solution to a craving. I used real butter and left out the pumpkin in the frosting and they were so good and soft.

  81. Mariana says

    So I didn’t realize the pumpkin butter recipe was from oh she glows and I made yours instead…. that will work fine, right?

  82. Chris Gibson says

    My 16 year old daughter has been vegan since she was twelve years old. I made these yummy cookies and she said these were the best cookies she has ever had! These were the only request she had for Thanksgiving! The pumpkin butter we love on toast, bagels, and sliced apples!

  83. martha says

    Hi – the instructions say “Dip a glass into cane sugar and then gently smash the cookie ball down into a disc (see photo).” — I don’t see a pic of this – can you point me toward it or email it to me? thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Just as it says, dip the bottom of a class in cane sugar, then use it to smash down the cookie into a flat disc.

  84. Katie says

    These. Are. Amazing! I made them for one of my guy friends for his birthday. I bought a big cookie jar and put cute October themed labels on it before I put the cookies in. However, my dad sneakily ate a couple cookies without my notice. Even so, he said those were the best cookies I have made so far! He would have been surprised if I told him they were vegan! My guy friend also said they were extremely delicious along with his sister. I will definitely make these again!

  85. Kate says

    I’ve made these twice now and both times they were blooming marvellous. I used GF flour (Doves Farm for UK people) so they were a little crumblier, but still utterly delicious. The first time I made them I iced them all and the added moistness made them disintegrate a bit over the few days before they were all gone. So the second time I made a pot of the icing (sorry – frosting!) and kept in the fridge so we could add as we ate. Big thumbs up!!

  86. Jenna says

    I was very excited for these cookies, but was disappointed in the results. My cookies came out extremely thin and crumbly. Not one of the cookies survived without breaking or crumbling. The only recipe substitution I made was using turbinado sugar for all of the sugar. Any thoughts on what happened with my batch?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Turbinado is much grainier and doesn’t act the same in these cookies as cane. That’s probably what went wrong!

  87. Laurena says

    These were absolutely amazing. I was almost wishing there was more pumpkin, but I was also looking for a sugar cookie recipe. We never got to make the frosting, but I am sure that would bump up the delicous pumpkin flavor. My boys and I were too excited to wait to make the frosting and they tasted great with out it. Next time we will try to wait and make it.

  88. Mouse says

    I’m so confused with the first step. It states: “Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer for 1 minute.” But in the ingredient list there is no mention of cream. What kind of cream do I mix with the butter?

  89. Silbia says

    I would love to make these for Halloween, but they need to be gluten free. Do you think that if I substitute the flour for gluten free flour, will it make a difference?

  90. Cherry says

    I made these cookies this morning to take to a pumpkin carving party this evening and they were a huge, gigantic, enormous hit. I even had adults hoarding the last of them from the kids! My husband managed to swipe one and shared it with me or I’d have no idea how awesome they tasted. Really good cookie. The texture was perfect and the frosting totally rocked it. Thank you.

  91. Caroline says

    Wow… These turned out amazing for Thanksgiving. Also followed your mashed potato recipe and oh my word. Thank you!

  92. Kristi says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. These might be the most amazing cookies I’ve ever tasted. The frosting is perfect!

  93. Karen says

    I just made these for Canadian Thanksgiving and they turned out perfectly! Thanks for the recipe.

    I subbed an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend for the flour, which worked well, and they’re still nice and soft.

  94. Emma says

    Can I make these without vegan ingredients? I was curious because it may effect the cookie itself, but I’m unsure. These look delicious though!

  95. Alexandra says

    I really loved these cookies! I do have a question though – they taste more like gingersnaps than pumpkin cookies – has anyone else experienced this? I am a VERY inexperienced baker, so I am not sure what adjustments would be appropriate? (It’s also quite possible that its me, and not the recipe turn out that way) In either case, what do you think? More pumpkin filling, or just less spice? And if more pumpkin, should I use more flour to keep the consistency?

    Any help would be appreciated! I am hoping to make my second batch this week! Thanks!!!!

  96. Dominic Borrelli says

    I LOVE these cookies. I made them this morning and they turned out fantastic! They are perfect for fall and are very pumpkiny, which I love. Even my dad (who’s anything BUT vegan) loved them. Will definitely make them again.

  97. Michelle says

    I made these last night and they are amazing! I’ve been passing them out for everyone I know to try and they all love them! This is definitely a keeper. Thanks for the awesome recipes, everything of yours that I’ve tried has turned out fantastic :)

  98. Erin Smith says

    Okay Dana, listen:

    #1 – These cookies are AMAZING. Seeing as how I’m a “basic bitch” of a vegan and my blood is currently made of pumpkin spice, these cookies were perfect.

    #2 – I didn’t have the ingredients for the frosting, so since I’m too lazy to go to the grocery store, I made your pumpkin cashew frosting instead. Still awesome.

    #3 – I’ve decided that you are #lifegoals.

    #4 – Your last name is almost the same as my maiden name (Shults), so I’ve legally declared that we’re related and I expected to be invited to your holiday dinners.

    K thanks bai!

  99. Monika P. says

    I just made these as I had some leftover pumpkin puree that I had to use it. All I can say is, wow! These are soooo good! Perfect for Fall weather time, and gets one in the mood for Halloween. I will definitely be making these again at Halloween, maybe with cookie cutters and some decorations. I did not frost mine, as they were perfect as is, and I wanted to keep them simple (plus, why mess with perfection!). Can’t wait to see how they are tomorrow, as I have discovered that many vegan baked goods (esp cookies and cupcakes) taste even better the next day or two. Thanks, once again, for another superb recipe! You are now my go-to person for vegan recipes, as they almost always come out perfect and delicious! :-)

  100. Lorn says

    I made a test batch and was so impressed by how simple and how delicious this is that I baked a bigger batch the next day. I quadrupled the recipe (2 cups of vegan butter, 6 cups of flour, etc). I forgot to add almond milk; placed the dough in 2 big pastry bags with star tip before chilling. I piped the dough onto the parchment paper creating lovely 1 1/2 inch rosettes. This yielded 220 cookies which were devoured quickly by 20 appreciative adults and kids! They couldn’t believe the cookies were vegan! (Btw, my cookies turned out crispy which I so much.)
    (p.s. I have included this recipe in my “Prized Recipes” notebook. Thanks very much for this! More power to you!)

  101. Hilary says

    I saw these cookies and I kid you not, I went in the kitchen and roasted my pie pumpkin for homemade puree, then I baked the seeds and made these FANTASTIC cookies!!! I’m in love :)

  102. Lindsey says

    This looks great but I dont understand step 3. Is it saying I should add all dry ingredients to a sifter, then stir, then sift over the wet ingredients? OR am I sifting dry ingredients together, then stirring, then adding to wet ingredients?

  103. emily says

    Made these yesterday and were awesome. I did half butter and half vegan shortening I know strange but it’s all I had and they were great. I formed 2 disks and wrapped them in seran wrap. I refrigerated an hour and then put in freezer to firm up more and then roll out 3/4 of the dough and did cookie cutter trees and then did the remaining as you said and both are great . I like traditional sugar cookie no icing and these were so nice being pumpkin and not overpowering. I did homemade royal icing on my trees.
    Thank you another great recipe
    Emily

  104. Whitney says

    I’m trying to make something quick tomorrow before work, to bring to my co-workers, so I have a couple of questions.

    1) I’m a little confused about the instructions for whole wheat flour. I’ve never used it before in my baking.

    2) I would love to make the frosting, but I don’t have enough pumpkin purée to make the pumpkin butter. Are there any alternative frosting recipes for this recipe, or if I could just use pumpkin purée instead of the butter.

    Thanks!

  105. Sarita Shoemaker says

    WOW these were off the scale DELICIOUS! I blew it on mixing the items separately but that didn’t seem to matter. They were so light and fluffy. I think I’ll be leaving them in a tad bit longer because I love that crunchy edge of a cookie.

    I shared with friends and got a 100% WOW THANKS back too.

    I used GF OAT FLOUR for the gluten-free attempt.

    Thsnkd@

  106. Melissa says

    I have made these about 5 times in the last two weeks. This is my favorite recipe I’ve made so far, with the pb&j pie close second. They are absolutely amazing! Even my family, who are the furthest thing from ever being vegan, devoured them. They couldn’t even tell. Such a big hit.

    I can’t wait to try out the vegan shephard’s pie and cinnamon rolls tonight, and I’m sure they’re going to be delicious.

    PS, I have been following your blog for a little over two years and every single recipe I have tried has been a hit! (breakfast potatoes, mint brownie cashew ice cream, one pot vegan pasta, best damn mashed potatoes, no bake pb&j pie!) Please don’t ever stop!

  107. Corinn says

    Question for you.
    As mentioned above, I made there and they were a HUGE hit. Since my post last week, I have made 3 batches to share at my daughters 2nd birthday party.
    I’m wondering if you have experimented with using cookie cutters? Or is the dough too sticky for that? I saw the same question asked above, but did not see a response.

  108. Elli says

    Can I substitute some other plant-based fat in place of the vegan butter? Do you think substituting melted coconut oil would work?

  109. Jennifer Gagne says

    Not good. The flavor didn’t even do it for me. I’m considered the “cookie lady” so I know my way around the kitchen but these failed worse than any cookie ever has. Sorry

  110. Melanie says

    These are absolutely delicious – it’s as if a spice cookie and a pumpkin whoopie pie had a love child. My 6 and 8yo love them too and proclaimed that when I take them to a neighborhood gathering this evening, they’re going to get them all first! Luckily, there is extra icing so I will be making another batch for us tomorrow. These took me back to pumpkin cookies my mom made when I was little (the recipe has long since been lost) but much, much better.

    One small note on the frosting recipe: It says to add the vanilla but there is no amount specified. So, I added 1/2 tsp. Not sure if that was what you intended but the icing was, as my son said, “the best icing I’ve ever tasted.” Thanks for another great recipe and lovely site! I look forward to every email! :-)

  111. Bryanna Duca says

    Just made these tonight with my sister to get into the Halloween spirit and they were sooooo delicious!
    They’re everything that a sugar cookie should be (cruchy corners and soft inside) and super fitting with the “all pumpkin everythaaaang” theme in the fall.
    For our frosting, we added a little pumpkin puree to the mixture and it was awesome.
    Nomnom :) thank you for the recipe!!

  112. Kathryn says

    Would love to make these but am wondering — can I roll them out and cut with a cookie cutter? How should I do this?

  113. Laurie says

    I made these cookies for a family gathering this weekend, and they were a huge hit. They were absolutely delicious! I have made many different types of pumpkin cookies over the years, but these were my favorite by far! Thanks for the great recipe!

    PS: I featured these cookies on my blog today

  114. Molly R says

    Hi Dana,

    Is the dough okay to refrigerate/freeze for a few days? I’m hoping to prep a batch to make on Friday!

    Cheers,
    Molly

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think it would, but I haven’t tried it! Of course, if you do I’d recommend letting it come back down to room temp before trying to work with it. Let me know how it goes!

  115. Corinn says

    Made these tonight. Not usually a fan of Pumpkin flavored treats, but my husband is. Gotta say though, they were delicious. Let my almost two year old lick the beaters because it would be bedtime for her when they were ready to eat. She thoroughly enjoyed her portion :)
    Only used 2 cups of sugar in the frosting. Made a nice consistency and perfectly sweet. Also, used more pumpkin purée, because we were sans pumpkin butter. They flavor was great, we will just keep them in the fridge to avoid spoiling.
    Thanks!

  116. Sarah says

    Love your site, cannot take my eyes off it lately, and just made these. I ran out of flour, so used half whole wheat flour, also no pumpkin spice, so I made my own sans mace and allspice, ok that was dumb- will attempt to be more prepared next time! but these turned out great Dana, thank you for your inspiration.

    • Andria says

      I used a gf all purpose flour (TJ’s) and they came out well. They spread out more than expected, but still had a good texture.

  117. Kim says

    Hello!

    I just made these and they’re great! I actually used white whole wheat & pastry flour.

    I don’t want to make all if the cookies right now though, can I freeze the batter?

    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lovely!! I haven’t tried freezing the batter, but I would assume if you froze the little discs it would work fine!

  118. Joanna @ Everyday made fresh says

    I will make these soon! Too many inticing words not too! (One bowl, simple, one hour start to finish, and pumpkin!!)

  119. Andria says

    So stoked to make these tonight. I’m already imagining a variation with apple butter, for when this year’s pumpkin obsession wears off :)

  120. Randle Browning says

    Yep, it looks like I’m going to have to make these. After making different versions of those funfetti cupcakes twice already, I think the cookies can’t be far away. And that icing! Swoon.

  121. Erin Jenkins says

    I really want to make these but have no vegan butter on hand. Would it be possible to use soft coconut oil?

      • Erin Jenkins says

        I just wanted to share my results using coconut oil in place of the vegan butter. They came out FANTASTIC! The dough gets soft if you don’t handle it quickly but I had no real problems. I rolled mine in sugar/pumpkin pie spice and then flattened them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I bake exactly 10 minutes and let them cool about 2 minutes once done. They don’t look quite as perfect as the ones pictured but they are super soft and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe. My kids are in heaven :)

        • Marilyn says

          Awesome! I was scrolling through seeing if this was possible. I don’t use vegan butter but I’m going to try mine now with coconut oil!

      • Caitlin says

        I also subbed the 1/2 c butter for 1/2 c refined coconut oil with good results. The cookies were on the cakier side, and while I prefer chewy cookies they were still very good! I will try these again sometime with the butter to compare the texture.

        Also, I freezed the dough for the recommended 15 minutes and was worried when it came out slightly frozen on top, but the cookies turned out beautifully. In fact they came out very similar to the pictures which NEVER happens so I was quite pleased !

        Thanks for the recipe !

  122. Michele @ Two Raspberries says

    Wow! I am totally going to try these they look delicious! And they look so soft I could sink my teeth into one of these right now! Yummm pinning these babies!

  123. Medha @ Whisk & Shout says

    I’ve always made and frosted seasonal sugar cookies… but I’ve never thought about actually flavoring them to match the season! Guess my halloween cookies this year will actually fit the holiday :)

  124. Allison says

    These remind me of those old slice and bake cookies from the refrigerator section at the shop. Love the seasonal take on them. That orange hue is just gorgeous as well. Halloween party-worthy!!!

  125. Millie | Add A Little says

    These look totally awesome Dana! I love the sound of adding frosting – there is never too much pumpkin!!

  126. Mira says

    I love cookies of any kind and these are just perfect for fall! Vegan, even better! The frosting is delicious, as I’ve made very similar one for cupcakes.

  127. Kate @ Almond Butter Binge says

    Vegan Pumpkin Lofthouse Cookies! These look outrageously good — and perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing!

  128. Tina Jui says

    I absolutely LOVE sugar cookies with frostings… yum yum yum. Pumpkin isn’t such a big spice and flavour to bake with in the UK, and I’m really missing it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sad day. Good thing it’s really easy to mix yourself! Just combine cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg!

  129. Nora @ Savory Nothings says

    Aaaah I agree, they are so cute! Looks gorgeous as always – and love the handmodelling going on there :)

  130. Katie @ Veggie and the Beast says

    These are so cute! That texture looks perfect. Love the bright orange board in your pics – so fun! Pinnnnnnned.

  131. Anne says

    This looks amazing! I’m going to make these.
    Dana- You and I must think alike! I had a friend over 2 days ago and made your ginger cookies but instead of orange zest and orange juice (in the buttercream frosting/filling) we used pumpkin spice. Our cookies turned out pretty much like these!
    Keep up all the delicious recipes!
    -Anne

  132. Danielle @.Chits and Chats and Chocolate says

    These look dreamy! Sugar cookies are definitely an important part of fall, so these cookie are a must on my list!

        • Cindy says

          I’ve read this recipe twice and don’t see mention of tapioca or flax egg or anything egg like? Am I blind? About to make and am worried I’m missing a step!

          • Christy N. says

            Hi Cindy! I’ve read that when using pumpkin you don’t need to use an egg otherwise it will make your cookies have a cakey texture.

          • Nicole Schurdell says

            It calls for cornstarch or tapioca as the thickener/binder. I just made them and they are delicious!!