Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with maple Frosting

It is pumpkin season – if you doubted it just look on Pinterest.  So in keeping with the flavor of the season I decided I needed to do a Recipe Redo of my favorite pumpkin cookie.  I welcomed our new neighbors with a plate of these Pumpkin Cookies this week and she declared them the best cookies she had ever had!

For many years I was not a  pumpkin lover but I have seen the error of my ways and decided I needed to embrace pumpkin!

I think I have succeeded!

First there were the yummy Pumpkin Bars.

Then there was the creamy and delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake

And my favorite way to eat pumpkin pie – Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes!

And who could forget Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.

Today’s pumpkin recipe is for Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting.

Pumpkin Cookies with maple Frosting

Just like with the pumpkin bars, I think the best part of this cookie may just be the frosting! Yum!!  Even though the name of the cookie is Pumpkin Cookie with Maple Frosting there is actually no maple in the frosting but the brown sugar gives it the flavor of maple.

Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

These cookies are moist and delicious and the frosting makes them even better.  I put chocolate chips in half the batch but I think I actually preferred them without the chips.  Try it both ways and see what you think!

Pumpkin Cookies with maple Frosting

Frost the cookies when they are slightly warm.

Pumpkin Cookies with maple Frosting

I shared these cookies with two different people and my book club.  I know it’s a keeper when I get repeated requests for the recipe.

Pumpkin Cookies with maple Frosting

What’s your favorite way to eat pumpkin?


Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Yield: 3 dozen


  • 1 C butter
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1 C canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Frosting
  • 3Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 2 C powdered sugar


  • Cream sugars and butter
  • Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Drop spoonfuls onto non-greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Frosting:
  • Boil 3 Tbsp butter and 1/2 C brown sugar until mostly smooth (Approx. 2 to 3 minutes)
  • Cool and add 1/4 C milk and 2 C powdered sugar or until desired consistency and whip with hand mixer until smooth
  • Spread onto cookies

Recipe from The Good Apple.


  1. 1
    Heidi says:

    Those look yummy! Though I’m curious why the frosting is called Maple frosting if there’s no actual maple in it? Maybe because of the color.

  2. 2
    Leigh Anne says:

    Heidi – good question. I have no idea why I called it Maple Frosting. I just looked back at the blog where I got the recipe and she just called it frosting!! Maybe I did it because the frosting is maple colored!! LOL! It really should be called brown sugar frosting.

  3. 3
    april ballou says:

    These sound fabulous. I will for sure try these. My favorite this year has been chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

  4. 4

    However, a litle maple flavoring might not be a bad addition to that frosting. Sounds really good with pumpkin, in face. I think I’ll try it. Thanks for the recipe. I’m wondering…have any of you cooks ever substituted self-rising flour for the flour + baking powder/soda etc. What are the equivilencies? I’ve used the self-rising flour for another recipe…and my it is much quicker and easier – I’m having some mobility issues, use a walker, etc. and getting single ingredient is much easier.

  5. 5
    Dawn says:

    I love anything pumpkin. For thanksgiving I made a recipe from Kraft Foods. It is called Luscious 4 Layer Pumpkin Cake with caramel topping. It was so good, very impressive looking and really moist. I substituted real whipped cream for the Cool Whip. Here is a link to a photo and recipe. PS-It was good leftover for breakfast too.

  6. 6
    Leigh Anne says:

    Joan Callaway »

    I”ve never substituted self-rising – let me know how it works!

    April – Chocolate and pumpkin is a great combination! Enjoy!

  7. 7
    Melanie says:

    These look delicious, Leigh Anne – and I’m not sick of pumpkin yet so I’ll have to try these!

  8. 8
    Rhonda says:

    Oh dear those look heavenly. They seem easy to make also… thanks for posting the recipe.

  9. 9
    Tamara says:

    Thanks for this amazing recipe. I was hoping to get the cookies made when the 7 grand children were here. . . .but it will have to wait til next time. Thanks for expanding our horizons with the amazing PUMPKIN.

  10. 10
    Stephanie says:

    This has been my favorite pumpkin recipe to date:
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes –

    I made them for a coworker’s birthday, and they were so good, I ate several the night before, and gave myself a tummyache. Everyone at the office requested I make them again for the next birthday :) They couldn’t even tell that there was no gluten or dairy either!

    I am currently trying to master a pumpkin steamer (like starbucks)…have had a couple good attempts, but not quite there yet.

  11. 11
    Amy says:

    Ok Leigh Anne,

    I seem to be making alot of your recipes lately and haven’t found a bad one yet! Thank you!

    I made these last night and they were delicious. My only comment is that I undercooked the first batch and they fell apart (but still tasted great.) I frosted those then stacked another cookie on top. I think for my oven, I need to cook them until they’re golden brown around the edges.

    Also to add to Heidi’s comment above, I also thought it was strange that there wasn’t any maple in them but after making the frosting, it tasted kind of like maple! Maybe it was the power of suggestion??? :)

  12. 12
    Shirley says:

    Made and was yummy. I add pumpkin pie spice to frosting. My grandkids love these.

  13. 13
    Jennifer says:

    Does anyone have freezing recommendations for this recipe?

  14. 14
    Tessa says:

    Hi! I was wondering how many cookies this makes?

  15. 15
    Heather says:

    1 15 oz can?

  16. 16
    Val A. H. says:

    This recipe screams “Fall”! Will be making these very soon. Thanks!

  17. 17
    Michelle says:

    These look great, however I don’t see maple listed in the ingredients?

  18. 18
    Deloris says:

    I am not getting your “sends” anymore. I miss you!
    Don’t know if it’s my computer or yours or ???

    • 18.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Deloris – were you getting it your email or through your RSS feed. If you were reading it through Google Reader that went away in July. If you were getting it as an email update try subscribing again. I haven’t changed anything. How long as it been since you got an update?

  19. 19

    These cookies sound like a great way to welcome new neighbors! The frosting sounds yummy:-)

  20. 20

    Pumpkin in cookie form is the absolute best, especially when frosting is involved!
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  21. 21

    These look so good Leigh Anne! Happy Fall! Angie xo
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  22. 22
    Kaitlyn says:

    These look beyond delicious!! I’m afraid if I make them, all self-control will go out the door :) Thanks for sharing!

  23. 23
    Kim says:

    My 8 year old daughter made these yesterday for her Grandma’s 60th birthday dinner – they were a HUGE hit!! Even those that said they didn’t like pumpkin, loved these cookies! They are extremely moist and fluffy cookies. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Love your blog!


  24. 24
    Rhonda says:

    I love what you have done. You should come show off your creativity at our link party.
    The party will not be the same without you!

  25. 25

    I featured your delicious recipe on my blog!


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