Spiced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies – Ella Claire Inspired


Author: Ella Claire Inspired

Oh, these cookies are so good! It is a combination of two of my favorite kinds of cookies~ gingerbread and pumpkin! Lightly pumpkin flavored, full of yummy gingerbread spices, these are the perfect Autumn treat.

  • Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree {pure pumpkin~ not pumpkin pie filling}
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 1 package of cream cheese softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Cookies
  • 1. In your mixer, combine butter, sugar, and molasses. Add your pumpkin puree and mix well. Add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine all of the rest of the dry ingredients. Slowly mix your dry ingredients into your butter mixture until combined.
  • 2. Wrap in wax or parchment paper and throw in the refrigerator for at least 3 or 4 hours until it firms up. I leave mine in over night.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour your work surface and split your dough into thirds. Lightly pat the top of one section of dough with flour and roll out until it is about 1/4″ thick.
  • 4. Cut into desired shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  • 5. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes at 375 degrees. Mine were perfect at exactly 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • 6. Pipe your favorite icing onto each of your cookies into desired design.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 7. Whip together butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in your mixer until well combined. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. It may take a minute for all of the ingredients to combine. It might look too dry to begin with, but it will mix together and turn out perfectly.

NOTE: I used the decadent cream cheese frosting recipe below. It takes several hours to firm up once piped onto the cookies, but the taste is so worth it. If you want a very firm icing, there are lots of recipes for Royal Icing on the web that would work.