I couldn’t go through the month of October without sharing a favorite pumpkin recipe of ours. And we have a lot of those. I live for pumpkin season! My husband on the other hand – he would be okay avoiding pumpkin season altogether. But this recipe will win over both pumpkin lovers and those on the opposite end of the pumpkin spectrum.
Pumpkin gooey butter cookies – just the name makes my mouth water. They are indulgent yet light and have a delicate pumpkin flavor with all the essence of fall. Plus they are incredibly simple and fast to make. My boys and I made these one afternoon, but the best part is the gooey butter. The gooey butter makes the batter extra sticky and fun to play with. I love any chance to slow down and just create something with my family. And these make for not only a delicious treat but a great activity to do with those you love.
With Halloween and Thanksgiving quickly upon us, these pumpkin gooey butter cookies are a delicious dessert to share with your neighbors and bring to any celebrations coming up.
Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cookies
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 8 ounces pure pumpkin (not pie filling) canned
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4½ cups all-purporse flour
- 3 T baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling cookies in
- Beat cream cheese, butter, pumpkin, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. Add egg until just combined.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.
- Chill dough for at least one hour in the freezer. When ready to bake, preheat oven at 350°F.
- Roll dough into 1" balls and roll the dough balls around in powdered sugar until covered.
- Place a few inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely set, being very careful not to overbake. They will continue cooking on the cookie sheet once out of the oven.