These gluten free pumpkin cookies are soft & light! The perfect balance of pumpkin and spice, these delicious cookies are hard to resist. They are topped with a cream cheese frosting and can be made in under 30 minutes!
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These GF pumpkin cookies are the perfect fall recipe! They have just enough pumpkin spice flavoring to satisfy any craving!
These delicious pumpkin cookies are soft, chewy and moist. They are gluten free, but you can't even tell!
Reasons to Love These
- These GF pumpkin cookies are light, fluffy and soft. They are the perfect fall dessert.
- They are easy to make! Whip these up in under 30 minutes!
- The cookies are gluten free, yet still have the same texture as normal cookies.
- The pumpkin helps to add a natural sweetness to the cookie, and also keeps them moist and soft.
- Canned Pumpkin: Be sure to use canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. This will change the recipe significantly.
- Butter: adds moisture to the cookies. Butter is recommended, this recipe has not been tested with margarine.
- Brown Sugar: The sugar is split between part brown sugar and part granulated sugar. The brown sugar makes the cookies extra moist.
- Flour: I used the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour 1: 1 ratio. Any flour that is a 1:1 ratio baking flour will work. The flour must contain xanthan gum for these cookies to turn out.
- Cinnamon & Pumpkin Pie Spice: Adds that good pumpkin spice flavor! Use extra for a deeper flavor.
- Cream Cheese: Use softened cream cheese. Let the cream cheese sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before using. Pick low fat cream cheese for an option that is lower in fat and calories.
- Powdered Sugar: adds sweetness to the frosting, use less for a less sweet frosting
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
This recipe makes 22 cookies. If you are wanting more cookies, double or triple the recipe.
Flatter Cookies: Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet and press down lightly with the back of a spoon to flatten the cookie.
Round Plump Cookies: Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet and do not flatten with a spoon. The cookies will rise and have a round top.
Add-in's: Add some extra flavor or texture to the cookies! Choose any of the following and add up to ½ cup: white Chocolate Chips, chopped walnuts or pecans, craisins, or coconut.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix and set aside. (Image 1)
Step 2: In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Mix with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Mix until combined. (Image 2)
Step 3: Combine the pumpkin mixture with the flour mixture. Mix until combined. (Image 3)
Step 4: Use a cookie dough scoop or heaping tablespoon and drop cookies onto a baking sheet. Flatten with the back of a spoon and bake. Ice with frosting if desired!
- Measure the flour by scooping spoonfuls of flour into the measuring cup and leveling off at the top with a knife. Packing flour in the measuring cup or not leveling it will result in too much flour and a dry cookie.
- Use a Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mat to make clean up easy. Place the mat on your cookie sheet and bake the cookies on top of it. Throw the baking mat in the dishwasher when done for easy cleanup.
- Don’t overcook! These cookies took about 10 minutes to cook in my oven. I would recommend setting the timer for 8 minutes, checking them, and then cooking another 2 minutes if still not done. They should look soft, but not doughy when done.
- Freeze your extra dough and then cook a couple cookies whenever desired. Simply drop your tablespoon of cookie dough on to waxed paper, freeze for a few hours, then place in a freezer safe bag. Whenever you want a cookie, just preheat the oven, place on a pan, and cook away!
- Store the cookies in the refridgerator if they have frosting on them.
- The cookies taste best when at room temperature or warm. Heat them in the microwave for a few seconds or let them sit out at room temperature for about 15 minutes before eating.
- Use half the amount of butter and and replace the other half with applesauce or one of these applesauce substitutes to cut back on the fat. Replace part of the brown sugar with applesauce
- Leave off the frosting (they really do taste good alone!)
Pumpkin Nutrition Information
Here’s some fun nutrition information on pumpkin:
- Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin K and fiber! In fact, ½ of a cup provides about 200% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your immune system, eyes and in supporting cell growth. (More on vitamin A)
- Are these cookies healthy because they contain pumpkin? In reality, these cookies realllly don’t contain that much pumpkin per individual cookie. It equals out to about 1 teaspoon of pumpkin per cookie. So while the pumpkin does help cut down on the amount of fat used in the recipe, unfortunately you’re not getting loads of health benefits from just 1 cookie.
More Gluten Free Desserts
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies
- 1.25 cups gluten free baking flour 1:1 baking flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup butter softened
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 8 oz low fat cream cheese softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a cookie sheet.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until combined.
- In a seperate medium mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat using an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Mixture should be creamy.
- Add in egg, pumpkin and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
- Add the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture. Mix using an electric mixer just until combined. Don't overmix!
- Drop the cookie dough by rounded heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheet. For flatter cookies: gently press down the center of the dough using the back of a spoon. For round cookies: do not press down the center.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick is clean when inserted -into the middle of the cookies. Don't over bake or they will be dry.
- Allow cookies to cool, and then drizzle frosting over the top (optional). Enjoy!
- Combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes on medium speed, until combined and creamy.
- Drizzle over the top of cooled cookies.
- Gluten free flour: use 1:1 baking flour (King Arthurs or Bob's Red Mill). The flour must contain xanthan gum.
- Measure the flour by scooping spoonfuls into the measuring cup and leveling off at the top with a knife. Packing flour in the measuring cup or not leveling it will result in too much flour and a dry cookie.
- Don’t overcook! Set the timer for 8 minutes, check them, and then continue to cook another 2 minutes if still not done. They should look soft, but not doughy when done
- Flatter Cookies: Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet and press down lightly with the back of a spoon to flatten the cookie
- Round Plump Cookies: Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon on a cookie sheet and do not flatten with a spoon. The cookies will rise and have a round top.
- Add-in's: Add some extra flavor or texture to the cookies! Choose any of the following and add up to