Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream


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Super Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting (Egg Free)

I really wanted to share an amazingly healthy recipe when I announced the new design, but now that it’s October, my self-imposed pumpkin ban is over, and these soft pumpkin cookies with vanilla bean icing were too hard to resist. I promise I’ll be back later this week with a salad to help balance things out.

I made these cookies over the weekend and by the time I figured out what kind of frosting I wanted to pair them with (maple? cinnamon? vanilla bean?!) half the batch was gone. Luckily, they’re really easy to make so it wasn’t a problem at all to make more.


These are super soft “Lofthouse style” cookies – thick and slightly chewy without being at all cake-y. I added a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the dough, but kept them relatively simple so that the pumpkin flavor really shines through. (The dough is egg-free too, so go ahead an sample it raw.)

I like them unfrosted just as much as I like them with frosting, but I found a container of sprinkles when I was cleaning out my cabinets and really wanted to use them (same deal with the vanilla beans, which I ordered off of Amazon a few weeks ago.)

Super Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting (Egg Free)

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream 1

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Lauren Keating


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

For the Frosting:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk


  • Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla until smooth.
  • In a second bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until a smooth, thick dough forms. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 350F; line a cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat. Roll tablespoon portions of dough into round balls, gently flatten between your hand and place 1-inch apart on the baking sheet.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown and the tops are just set. Let cool completely.
  • To make the frosting: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in the vanilla bean. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar; mix in the coconut milk. Beat 1 minute, or until thick and fluffy.


By on October 7th, 2014

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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33 thoughts on “Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream”

  1. 3 stars
    How many calories?? Im kind of new to the diet thing.. What makes these cookies healthy??

    • These cookies aren’t very healthy, unfortunately. I’m all about balance and moderation – these are a greta once in a while treat to enjoy after a healthy dinner though! 🙂


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