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Plate of five Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with two unfrosted
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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
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings: 22 (cookies)
Category: 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 1 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin butter* (optional)
  • 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

  1. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer for 1 minute.
  2. Add sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and beat for 1 more minute. Add pumpkin and mix once more.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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).
  6. Bake on the center rack for 10-12 minutes or very slightly golden brown.
  7. Let rest on pan for a few minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Prepare frosting in the meantime.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
*Pumpkin Butter recipe can be found at Oh She Glows. Or you can use store-bought.
*Loosely adapted from my Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 22 cookies)