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A rolled sugar cookie dough recipe that has a hint of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Easy to make and perfect for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies shaped like Mickey Mouse with orange frosting

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I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! My kids love rolled sugar cookies and we make them for almost every holiday!

 

It’s so fun to be able to make your cookies in any shape.

 

With Fall here and Halloween coming, I have really been craving pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

 

jack skellington pumpkin spice cookies

 

I wanted some way to make sugar cookies that incorporated some pumpkin flavor.

 

After some trial and error, this Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie Recipe was born. It is so yummy and tastes just like pumpkin pie!

 

With the addition of pumpkin purée, this dough is a little stickier than classic sugar cookie dough.

 

Sugar Cookie dough cut outs on a baking sheet

 

Because of this, it’s really important to keep the dough cold. When you are not actively rolling out the dough, it should be kept in the refrigerator.

 

We are big Disney fans at our house so naturally we decided to make Mickey Mouse shaped pumpkin cookies!

 

I used this cute Mickey Mouse sandwich/cookie cutter to cut out the Mickey shape. I also used this cute pumpkin cookie cutter!

 

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie dough and a pumpkin cookie cutter

 

Then we make some yummy frosting that dries smooth and hard to cover the cookies and make the cute Mickey Mouse Jack-o-Lantern face!

 

You can find the frosting recipe down below and included with my Gingerbread Sugar Cookies recipe!

 

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whisk with dry ingredients

 

Ingredients 

 

  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Purée
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 Teaspoons Pumpkin Spice, more or less as desired
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour*

 

*I have updated this recipe to include more flour as there were comments that the dough was sticky.

 

Mickey Pumpkin Cookie

 

Helpful Kitchen Tools

 

 

Jack Skellington Cookie

 

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

 

  • Start by beating the softened butter, sugar and brown sugar until it is light and fluffy with a stand mixer. I like Bosch or Kitchenaid.

 

butter in mixer

 

  • Beat in the eggs until the dough s smooth.

 

Eggs added to butter and sugar in an electric mixer

 

  • Mix in the pumpkin purée and vanilla extract.

 

Pumpkin Mixture in a stand mixer for pumpkin spice sugar cookies

 

  • Add the pumpkin spice, salt, and baking powder to the mixture.

 

Pumpkin Spice for pumpkin spice sugar cookies

 

  • Stir in the flour, just until moistened. 

 

flour in mixer

 

  • Refrigerate the dough fo at least two hours.

 

Pumpkin Spice cookie dough in a mixer

 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°

 

flour on counter

 

  • Sprinkle flour on your work surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough about 1/4  inch thick.

 

dough on counter

 

 

mickey cookie cutter

 

 

Mickey Mouse shaped pumpkin spice sugar cookies on a baking sheet

 

  • Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes.

 

  • Remove them from the oven and let them rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

 

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

 

To frost the cookies, I used this icing recipe from my Gingerbread Sugar Cookies recipe. It’s pretty easy to make and tastes amazing.

 

You can use food coloring to make it any shade that you’d like. The sky’s the limit with your creativity!

 

icing on a cookie

 

Icing Ingredients

 

  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Gel Food Coloring in Desired Colors

 

orange food coloring in sugar cookie icing

 

How to Make Icing

 

  • For the decorating icing, mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk.

 

sugar and milk

 

  • Add in the vanilla and corn syrup and mix well.  The outline icing should be the consistency of toothpaste.

 

sugar and corn syrup

 

  • To make the flood/fill icing, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time until and the flood/fill icing is the consistency of syrup.

 

sugar cookie decorating icing

 

  • Color your icing with your desired colors. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

sugar cookie icing with black food coloring

 

How to Decorate Mickey Pumpkin and Jack Skellington Cookies

 

Watch the video below to see how to decorate these delicious pumpkin spice sugar cookies as a Mickey Pumpkin or Jack Skellington.

 

 

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Jack Skellington and Mickey Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe and it can help you bring the tastes and smells of Fall to your home!

 

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
A rolled sugar cookie dough recipe that has a hint of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Easy to make and perfect for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Course Dessert
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, salt, and baking powder to the mixture. Stir in the flour just until mixed. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
  3. Decorate as desired.
Recipe Notes

Make sure you keep the dough refrigerated between batches or it will get too soft and sticky.

I have updated this recipe to include more flour as there were comments that the dough was sticky.

 

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18 Comments on Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

  1. I’m really excited to try these, but I’m having some trouble with the consistency. I know I followed the recipe EXACTLY, but my dough is far too sticky to handle or roll out. I’m a bit nervous to add more flour, but is that my solution? Any help would be amazing!

    • Oh no! The dough is definitely harder to work with than regular sugar cookie dough. You could add a little more flour, but I would just working with a small amount of dough while keeping the rest of the dough in the freezer until you’re ready to use it! Hope that helps!

  2. I’m an experienced baker and I also had a terrible time with this dough. I used all the tricks…chilling the dough…rolling between parchment paper…adding more flour…nothing worked. It was still a sticky mess and I had to throw it out. Comparing this to other recipes that are almost identical, it seems like this has one too many eggs in it.

    • I’m sorry you had such a hard time. I find that keeping the dough in the freezer, then working with small amounts when rolling it out works for me.

  3. I made this today and they came out perfect and they are delicious. Dough was perfect instead of refrigerating I put in the freezer for 15 min.

    • I can’t believe I forgot to add the icing recipe! Here it is:
      Ingredients
      3 Cups Powdered Sugar
      2-4 Tablespoons Milk
      2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
      1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
      Food coloring (in desired colors)

      Directions: For the decorating icing, mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk. Add in the vanilla and corn syrup and mix well. The outline icing should be the consistency of toothpaste. To make the flood/fill icing, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time until and the flood/fill icing is the consistency of syrup. Color your icing with your desired colors.

  4. This recipe was not a winner in my house. The dough was way too sticky, couldnt roll it out. It lacked flavor, and just tasted like a bland sugar cookie.

    • I’m sorry you didn’t like them. I actually made them again today and added a bit more flour to help with the stickiness and have updated the recipe. Thanks for letting me know!

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