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Frosted Pumpkin Cookies and Egg Tip

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have a dessert cookbook that says bring the eggs to room temperature on every.single.recipe. This used to really annoy me, because if I opened the cookbook, it meant I had time to cook right then, I didn’t have an hour to wait. I don’t know if I am just disorganized, impulsive, or a combination of both, but as a homeschooling mom scheduling baking time during waking hours isn’t easy.

Bring Eggs to Room Temperature Quickly:

I do realize that having eggs at room temperature works best for some recipes, especially those involving solid fats and yeast, so I came up with a solution. When I find I have a window of time to bake, I pull out the eggs first and place them in a bowl of warm water. How to check eggs for freshnessThey may not be exactly to room temperature by the time I need them, but they are a lot warmer than when they came out of the fridge! This also ensure that the eggs are fresh. If they sink, they are good. If they float proceed with caution.

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe always reminds me of fall, pumpkin patches, and good times with great friends! It makes 6 dozen, so you may need to use my tip for baking with a limited number of cookie sheets.

My kids enjoy these cookies without frosting, but I prefer them with cream cheese frosting (if you do not frost them, these cookies are dairy free). When I frost them, I cut the strong flavor of cream cheese frosting with butter to make a milder cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Cookies Recipe


Frosted Pumpkin Cookies and Egg Tip
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 6 dozen
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups shortening (I use Spectrum Organic)
  • 1¾ cups pureed pumpkin (or 15 oz. can)
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour (or gluten free cake flour mix)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
Cream Cheese and Butter Frosting
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 3 oz. butter or margarine
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  1. In mixing bowl, thoroughly cream together sugar and shortening.
  2. Add pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla and beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices.
  4. Add flour mixture to cream mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and nuts if desired.
  5. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes.
  7. Place cookies on cooling rack to cool.
Cream Cheese and Butter Frosting
  1. Cream cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together until fluffy. Add a bit of milk or more sugar to achieve desired consistency.
  2. Spread on cooled cookies.


 Frosted Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. That's a good idea! I usually ignored that when they said it and never thought to do this – great idea! Pumpkin cookies look wonderful!

  2. The Book Lady Online says:

    Mmmmmm . . . the cookies look delicious!! Great tip about the eggs, too :)

  3. Those cookies sound really yummy. I love pumpkin so much and could definitely eat it all year round. Do you ahve a good pumpkin bread recipe?

  4. I do, I'll email it to you.

  5. Colorado Girl says:

    The cookies look yummy! I'll be processing our pumpkins this week. I guess I'll need to make cookies! =)

  6. Luckily the eggs I usually buy haven't been put in the fridge so I just leave them out all the time… which is ironic because I don't usually need room temperature eggs haha!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for good stuff

  8. that's a great solution.

    In answer to your question, I am very impulsive…even when I have a menu plan, my efforts are accomplished whenever there is time throughout the day.

  9. I do the same thing. Plus, I know that they are clean when cracking :)

  10. 100% impulsive – not the best thing for a mama of a large family but that is just how I roll – the cookies look delicious! What a great tip for the eggs – I rarely get them out long enough in advance!

  11. How did I miss this post? YUM! I love pumpkin!

  12. I usually ignore the advice! But this tip is great! Your pumpkin ccokies look lovely…it reminds me I must buy a pumpkin this year and try a recipe…I’ve actually never cooked pumpkin!

  13. This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing your recipe with me! :)


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