I would love to show you How to Make Pumpkin Sugar Cookies! This is a great way to start off the holiday season by making these adorable Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. The best part is they taste great too!

Close up image of decorated pumpkin shaped cookies.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!

I thought it would be fun to show you how to make these adorable Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. They are simple to make and so pretty. Nothing says Fall like pumpkins and baking! Plus my kids love sugar cookies, so this is perfect way to start off our holiday baking season!

I love keeping things simple, and this process is no exception!

Pumpkin shaped cookies!

I love pumpkin anything! From my favorite pumpkin latte’s, to recipes with pumpkin in them so I knew I had to make a pumpkin shaped cookie! Using sugar cookie dough makes it a very easy choice to make pumpkin shaped cookies!

You will see how easy it is! The kids love helping too!

Let’s get started!

Close up image of decorated pumpkin shaped cookies.

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs

How to make the Pumpkin Sugar cookies

  1. Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a medium bowl.
  2. Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix. Then add the vanilla. Continue mixing with electric mixer.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture.
  5. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  6. Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  7. Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  9. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  10. Put dough on floured surface, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter.
  11. Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your Pumpkin  cookie cutters to make your cookies.
  12. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
  13. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie  to the parchment lined cookie sheet, minutes before baking.
  14. Bake at 325 degrees F for 8 minutes.  Check to see if the cookie are thoroughly baked.
  15. Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a cooling rack to cool completely.  (About 10 minutes).
Close up image of decorated pumpkin shaped cookies.

Easy Royal Icing Recipe to decorate the cookies:

Icing Ingredients:

How to make Orange Royal Icing:

You will need two bowls to make the icing for the cookies. I like to make the icing while my cookies are baking.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
  2. If icing is  not stiff enough add ¼ C powder sugar.
  3. Leave icing in large bowl. Take out 3 bowls, put ¼ C of icing in two bowls and the rest of the
    icing in the third bowl.
  4. Bowl #1 , add several drops of brown gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #2, add several drops of green gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
  5. As for the largest amount of icing add several drops of orange food coloring in the bowl of icing … stir well to mix the color.
  6. Spoon each of the icings into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips. Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.

Now you will need piping bags. I highly recommend getting the disposable ones. They are such a convenience and definitely worth the cost. You will also need a Wilton tip number 5. You can order just the single tip, but getting it in a set is a much better value. Therefore I just get the set.

Easy Pumpkin Decorated Cookies:

Once you have the Pumpkin Sugar Cookies cut out, it’s time to decorate! This icing is so delicious and decorating cookies is so much fun. It can seem overwhelming at first, but following these directions and you will have your sugar cookies decorated in no time!

You don’t have to be a chef or a fancy baker to make these adorable pumpkin sugar cookies for your family and friends.

How to decorate Pumpkin Sugar Cookies:

  1. First step for each of the pumpkin cookies outline it in orange except for the stem and leaf.
  2. Next allow the orange outline  at least  30 seconds to dry before filling the  body of the cookie in with the other orange icing*. ( After outlining all of the pumpkin cookies you can push some the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency. Using a butter knife to spread it from the outlined part inwards to the center.
  3. Outline the stem with brown icing on all of the same pumpkin cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
  4. Outline the green leaf with the green icing on all of the same pumpkin cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing. (Leave some of the green icing in the frosting bag for additional use.)
  5. Using the frosting bag with orange icing and a small tip to make the four half center markings on the pumpkin.  Allow these lines to dry before adding the green lines.
  6. Using the frosting bag with the green icing and  a small tip add the additional connected circles coming down from the green leaf.  (Follow the pictures as provided.)
  7. Finally, set these aside and allow to completely dry about 4 hours. Then serve and enjoy!
Close up image of decorated pumpkin shaped cookies.

Pumpkin Sugar cookies

4.75 from 4 votes
This easy Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe is so fun and tasty too! The entire family will love these adorable Pumpkin Cut Out Cookies. They are perfect for Fall parties and more! 
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert, snack
Calories 292
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 5 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 C soft unsalted butter
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Orange brown, green gel food coloring

Instructions

How to make the Pumpkin Sugar cookies:

  • Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add all 4 eggs at one time…Continue to mix. -Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
  • Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  • Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  • Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  • Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter.
  • Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your Pumpkin  cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie  to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.  Check to see if the cookie are thoroughly baked.
  • Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.  (About 10 minutes).

Icing Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
  • If icing is  not stiff enough add ¼ C powder sugar.
  • Leave icing in large bowl. Take out 3 bowls, put ¼ C of icing in two bowls and the rest of the
  • icing in the third bowl.
  • Bowl #1 , add several drops of brown gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #2, add several drops of green gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
  • As for the largest amount of icing add several drops of orange  gel food coloring in the bowl of icing … stir well to mix the color.
  • Spoon each of the icings into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips…. twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
  • Now you will need frosting bags. I highly recommend getting the disposable ones. They are such a convenience and definitely worth the cost. You will also need a Wilton tip number 5. You can order just the single tip, but getting it in a set is a much better value.

How to decorate Pumpkin Sugar Cookies:

  • First step for each of the pumpkin cookies outline it in orange except for the stem and leaf.
  • Allow the orange outline  at least  30 seconds to dry before filling the  body of the cookie in with the other orange icing*. ( After outlining all of the pumpkin cookies you can push some the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency .Using a butter knife to spread it from the outlined part inwards to the center.
  • Outline the stem with brown icing on all of the same pumpkin cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
  • Outline the green leaf with the green icing on all of the same pumpkin cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing. (Leave some of the green icing in the frosting bag for additional use.)
  • Using the frosting bag with orange icing and a small tip to make the four half center markings on the pumpkin.  Allow these lines to dry before adding the green lines.
  • Using the frosting bag with the green icing and  a small tip add the additional connected circles coming down from the green leaf.  (Follow the pictures as provided.)
  • Set these aside and allow to completely dry about 4 hours. Then serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Now you will need frosting bags. I highly recommend getting the disposable ones.
They are such a convenience and definitely worth the cost. You will also need a Wilton tip number 5.
You can order just the single tip, but getting it in a set is a much better value.
For these cookies you may have to make two bowls of icing.
 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 292kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 4g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 57mg, Sodium 213mg, Potassium 97mg, Sugar 21g, Vitamin A 395IU, Calcium 29mg, Iron 1.4mg

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  1. They are soft sugar cookies. The amount really depends on how thin you roll our your sugar cookies and how big your cookie cutter is.

  2. How much vanilla does it take? It says in the directions to add vanilla but it’s not listed in ingredients. Thanks!