sugar & spice. [pumpkin cookies w. orange buttercream frosting]
Since Greg so generously made room for me on the pumpkin band wagon with my trifle, I figured I’d try sneaking another dessert on board.
I made these fluffy pumpkin spice cookies with orange buttercream frosting over the weekend. Upon each bite, the palette is hit with the slight tartness of the orange followed by the spice of the pumpkin. My brother took them to work today and said they were a hit with all of his co-workers. :)
Need more pumpkin inspiration? Head over to Maris’ site at In Good Taste for her baked pumpkin doughnuts. Check out Mary’s pumpkin cake with caramel icing over at One Perfect Bite. Also, Erin’s pumpkin spice hot apple cider at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts.
pumpkin cookies w. orange buttercream frosting
- Cookie recipe:
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cooked, pureed pumpkin (fresh or canned)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- Orange buttercream frosting recipe:
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp. fresh orange juice, pulp free
- Zest of 1 orange, plus more for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- For the cookies: Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture until well blended.
- Drop by tablespoonful onto parchment covered baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 12-15 minutes, or until golden. Cool.
- For the frosting: Cream confectioners' sugar and butter. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.
- Ice cookies, then garnish with additional orange zest.
Recipe adapted from The Food Network.
109 thoughts on “sugar & spice. [pumpkin cookies w. orange buttercream frosting]”
Omg, these look amazing! I made a pumpkin salad with an orange citrus dressing. We all have pumpkin on our minds. I have to try this recipe for the Thanksgiving holidays!
That’s a much healthier use of pumpkin though…sounds delicious. I need to cut it on the sweets, ha!
Oooh, so festive! Now I have to get on the pumpkin bandwagon!! :)
Hop on! ;)
These do look incredibly good, made even more so with that frosting. YUM!
The frosting was a refreshing change from the typical pairing of cream cheese or cinnamon/maple frosting with pumpkin. Thanks John!
You KNOW I love pumpkin. I am definitely on THIS bandwagon! :) These look scrumptious!
Oh yes, I definitely do! Glad you’re on board. xx
That frosting looks delicious. Yum!
A recipe and more recipes! Woo hoo. We’re on the bandwagon too, almost. Katherine made a pumpkin bread this weekend. Anyway, love the frosting!
That just might have to be my next pumpkin experiment. I’m sure it was delicious!
Your photographs are great! awesome visual tutorial.. c c
Thank you so much. :)
pumpkin bandwagon! giddy-up.
these pumpkin cookies look fabulous, caroline. pumpkin must be the new black — we indulged in some pumpkin pancakes for thanksgiving day brunch today! :)
Yee haw. ;) Pumpkin is just so hip right now. And pumpkin pancakes? Yes please.
Yum! they look fantastic! I want to jump on board too! My favorite part just might be the frosting though!
Thanks so much! The frosting really topped them off…literally and figuratively. ha!
Aren’t you sweet – Thanks for the shout out with my cider! I love pumpkin cookies, there is just something so comforting about them! I never though about orange with them though, great idea!
Of course! I’ve got it on my list of recipes to make now. The orange was surprisingly a great, yet different, combo.
They look gorgeous! Your description is so enticing! I think I must be the last blogger, who hasn’t made anything with pumpkin or squash this Autumn…
Thank you Sissi! No worries, you’ve still got plenty of time. I’ve only made one pumpkin recipe, so you’re not too far behind.
These look wonderful. I love pumpkin!
Thanks Jamie! Me too…I can’t wait to make more recipes featuring pumpkin.
Now that’s a cookie I would love! Nice and thick and soft and the citrus with pumpkin sounds like a perfect match!! I love the grated zest on top. Beautiful photos compliment those cookies so nicely!
I really do like the cake texture of pumpkin cookies…it’s a nice change. A bit more filling though! Thanks so much, Linda. xx
what is that next to the biscuits on the second to last picture?!
It’s a decorative pumpkin my mom has, so I just figured I’d throw it in the photo for some color. :)
AH ha, obviously?! hehexx
Yum! Love the pumpkin bandwagon. I was thinking of making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with a cream cheese frosting tonight… but these sure do look and sound tempting! I love pumpkin everything!
I think those cookies would be equally delicious! Hope to see them on your blog. :)
These look amazing! I can just imagine how well the pumpkin flavors will complement the icing. Yum!!
Thank you Aimee! The citrus/spice combo was really nice actually.
Oh my, my mouth started watering as soon as I read my email this morning. YUM!!!
I only ate one and made myself leave the rest for my brother to take to work; otherwise, I would have easily eaten the entire batch. Ha!
Lovely with the orange juice and zest – like delicious little individual cakes – YUM :)
You’re so right, very similar to individual cakes. Thanks Mary! x
Ohhhhh no. It’s 3:55pm and I thought that I could make it through the day. Not after seeing these fluffy delights! I love nothing more than a pumpkin spice cookie that is chewy and delicious. In short, I am going to be dying at work for these last 35 minutes…YUM!
Isn’t that the worst? I look at blogs in the morning then I’m hungry, look at them in the afternoon and feel like I need a snack, look at them after dinner and am hungry again, somehow. Thanks Chrissy! xx
This looks delicious! I must try this recipe myself :)
Thanks! I think you’d love them.
I’m being sucked into the pumpkin-love, and I kinda like it! These look so good!
Yes you are! And it’s not over yet–many more pumpkin recipes to come. :)
I don’t know what I love more: the pumpkin cookie, or the heavenly orange buttercream frosting! Very very tempting, Caroline.
Thanks so much, Ashley! xx
It is isn’t often that I look through a recipe and realize I have every single ingredient just sitting in my kitchen waiting to be used in a recipe. I was just contemplating what to do with my leftover pumpkin:) Very pretty!
Isn’t that the most ideal situation? I love when that happens, especially since it’s pretty rare. Looks like you’ll just have to make these cookies. What a bummer. ;)
These cookies look awesome! I have to try these as they combine so many ingredients I love. You have a great blog– gorgeous pictures and great tutorials! I look forward to reading. :)
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you stopped by, and hope to post some more recipes that you enjoy. Love your site. xx
It’s official. I can NEVER get enough pumpkin!
Me neither, girl, me neither!
—Pumpkin & Orange are 2 of my Favorite flavours! I can’t wait to make these. You rock, Caroline. WOW! x
You’re too sweet, I’m glad you approve. :)
Oh man, I need to hop on the pumpkin bandwagon! They look really great, Caroline! That buttercream frosting … my mouth is watering.
Thanks so much! And yes, you do. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of room. :)
Oh wow.. these pumpkin cookies look absolutely scrumptious. I mean wow. I think most kids would want these and not candy. Well they would want both actually lol
You’re so sweet, Kay. At least they’d be a bit healthier than candy? Well, not healthy, but at least they’re homemade/no preservatives, ha!
I am going to have to get onto the pumpkin bandwagon :) Lovely frosting recipe!
We’d love to have you aboard! Thanks so much, Tandy. x
Pumpkin cookies! I saw some pumpkin colored cookies at a store today and I almost grab it….homemade sounds much better and ohhh I love this frosting! Orange buttercream… that’s so yummy!
I agree, homemade is much better. I’m so bad at the grocery store because when I walk by the baked goods, I often criticize them and always think I can make a better homemade version. Oh gosh, what’s gotten into me? I think I’m turning into a baking snob, ha!
I just jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon and I’m so happy I found you and these delicious cookies! Can’t wait to bake a batch of these for our Halloween party!
They’d be perfect for a Halloween party! Thanks for stopping by Roxana. xx
Stay on the bandwagon! I’m all for finding out new ideas of things I can do with pumpkins – I’ve never cooked with them at all and am loving seeing all these recipes this year! Beautiful cookies Caroline :)
Isn’t it fun? I’m sure you’d come up with an amazing pumpkin recipe, Charles. Thanks so much!
There is a plethora of pumpkin recipes coming but I don’t see any canned pumpkin here – do you deliver cookies:)
Yeah, I’m not sure if I’d make these cookies if I didn’t have the canned pumpkin. Too much work! I’m sure we can arrange a delivery. :)
Love pumpkin cookies..the orange buttercream looks awesome!
Thank you Angie! xx
Lovely cookies, lovely frosting. Love this recipe
Thanks Raymund. :)
I have to admit I have never cooked with pumpkin before as they dont readily sell tinned pumpkin puree in the UK and I cant face cutting one up. However, these cookies look delicious, especially the orange buttercream frosting on top!