Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe


Iced Pumpkin Cookies RecipeWhen Halloween and the holidays come around, a truly classic family fun activity is icing cookies and decorating them in the spirit of the season. At my house, we do this for all seasons, but we particularly love it this time of year, because the decorations are so much fun!

This recipe is fantastic for cooking with kids; I simply whip up the easy cookie dough while the children are at school. When they home, we roll out the dough, use cookie cutters, and bake them. Once they cool, we ice and decorate! This Halloween recipe is a blast and it makes a great Halloween party activity.

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • pumpin-shaped cokie cutter (or choose another shape that suits the season)

Ingredients for Frosting:

  • ½ stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces (1 box) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • orange food coloring
  • optional: sprinkles


Step 1: In a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs until combined. Last, add the milk and vanilla and mix well.

Step 2: In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until the flour is fully incorporated and you hae a dough.

Step 3: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5: Roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface.

Step 6: Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - Step 6

Step 7: Place the cookie dough shapes on a lined cookie sheet.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - Step 7

Step 7: Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges turn lightly golden brown.

Step 8: While the cookies are baking, make the frosting. Start by by beating together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

Step 9: Beat in the whole milk until the frosting is thick and creamy. Then, add the orange food paste until the desired color orange is achieved.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - Step 9

Step 10: When the cookies finish baking, cool them completely.

Step 11: Frost and decorate your cookies!

Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe - Step 11

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Kelsey Banfield blogs at The Naptime Chef.