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Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These big, soft pumpkin and spice cookies with creamy vanilla cream cheese frosting are made without gluten or eggs so now you can have your cookie and eat it too.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies & Bars, Sweets & Treats, Egg-free


Cookie Ingredients:

Frosting Ingredients:


  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk to combine well.
  3. Prepare flax egg by placing 2 Tbsp. flax meal + 6 Tbsp. water in a small bowl, whisking to combine and allow to rest 2-3 minutes until a gel forms.
  4. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut chilled butter into dry mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. To the flax gel, add pumpkin puree and vanilla. Whisk well.
  6. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture then stir with a large spoon until the dough forms into a ball. It should be smooth to the touch but not dry. If dough is wet and sticky, add more flour and stir again. If you dough is dry, add a splash of water and stir again.
  7. Roll dough into 24 golf ball-sized pieces, placing 12 on each baking sheet allowing enough room so that they won’t touch when flattened.
  8. Using your hand, gently flatten each ball of dough so that it’s about ¼-inch thick and 2 ½-inches in diameter.
  9. Place pans in the oven and bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and the tops of the cookies are set – rotating the pans back to front (spin ‘em) and top to bottom (swap ‘em) halfway through cooking time.
  10. Use a spatula to carefully remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting:

  1. Place softened butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a medium bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer).
  2. Beat until well combined. Add powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice and continue to beat on high speed until fluffy.
  3. Spread frosting on cooled cookies and dust with additional pumpkin pie spice or sprinkles.


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  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 145mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g