Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

These easy vegan pumpkin cookies are so soft and topped with a creamy vegan cream cheese frosting. You can’t ask for a better fall or winter cookie!

A stack of three vegan pumpkin cookies shows the top one with a bite taken out. There are more cookies in the background.

Did you know the origin of the cookie began as little cakes? Whereas a lot of cookies have evolved into more dense desserts, these vegan pumpkin cookies retain their original cake-like texture. It’s one reason they’re so enticing.

One of the first recipes I remember making as a teenager was Libby’s soft pumpkin cookies. I decided to create a vegan version and while I was at it, I simplified the ingredients a bit and added a dollop of cream cheese frosting. Voila! The best pumpkin cookies ever!

Of course, I have a passion for pumpkin recipes. Such as these vegan pumpkin bars and these vegan pumpkin muffins.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using brown sugar adds moisture and creates a perfectly soft cookie texture
  • Adding pumpkin puree is a perfect egg replacer, and also adds flavor and color to these eggless pumpkin cookies
  • Pumpkin pie spice adds all the right warm spiced flavors meaning every delightful cookie is so delicious
Frosted vegan pumpkin cookies sit on a white counter next to a bowl of spices. In the background is a wire rack with more cookies.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Flour — You can use all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour (different than whole wheat flour), or you can substitute quality gluten-free flour
  • Baking soda + baking powder — These two together add lift to the cookies, making them perfectly cake-like
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt
  • Vegan butter — You can use storebought brands like Earth Balance or Miyokos or make your own vegan butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar — Use light or dark or make your own brown sugar
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Frosting — I use a partial batch of this vegan cream cheese frosting

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt, in a bowl.
  2. Cream vegan butter with a mixer on medium speed. Then cream in the sugars.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin puree until well-combined and smooth.
  4. Pour the flour mixture in with the pumpkin and mix until combined to make a sticky dough.
  5. Drop cookie dough balls roughly 2 inches apart on a prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Press down the top of each cookie with the bottom of a glass or dampened hands to prevent the cookies from puffing up too high as they bake.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes and then remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Add a dollop of vegan cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top.

Here’s a more visual step-by-step guide to help you make these cookies perfect every time.

Step One: Make Cookie Dough

Flour is poured into a mixing bowl with a pumpkin mixture.

Use these steps to make the cookie dough:

  • Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt, in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the vegan butter to a mixing bowl. Use either a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer, mix on medium speed until the butter is creamy. Add the sugars and mix until these are creamed together. Add the pumpkin puree and mix again until well-combined and smooth.
  • Pour the flour mixture in with the pumpkin and mix until combined. This is a sticky dough, but that’s why the cookies are so soft and cake-like.

Step Two: Drop and Prepare Dough Balls

  • Drop cookie dough balls roughly 2 inches apart on a prepared cookie sheet.
  • Press down the top of each cookie with the bottom of a glass or dampened hands to prevent the cookies from puffing up too high as they bake.
A hand holds a glass and is pressing it down on cookie dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough balls roughly 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Dampen your hands and gently press down the top of each cookie. This will help the cookies not puff up too much as they bake.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve these cookies as is, or add a dollop of vegan cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top.

Step Three: Bake Cookies

Bake the cookies for 15 to 18 minutes. They should be soft and puffy with a bit of golden color to the edges.

When they’re done, remove them from the oven and let the cookies sit on the pan for 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step Four: Garnish

These cookies are amazing as is, but they’re even better with a dollop of cream cheese frosting.

Once they cool, prepare the frosting and spread a bit of it over each cookie. Then sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice over the top for added dramatic flair!

Spices are being sifted over a soft pumpkin cookie with frosting on top. There's a bowl of spices and more cookies behind it.

Storage Tips

Once the frosting is completely dry, transfer cookies to an airtight container. They will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days or they can be refrigerated for up to 7 days. These cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Several frosted pumpkin cookies are on a plate. One has a bite taken out.

Vegan Fall Cookies

That’s it for these very best vegan pumpkin cookies. Enjoy!

A stack of three cookies shows the top one with a bite taken out. Each cookie is frosted. There are more cookies in the background.

Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

These soft, cake-like vegan pumpkin cookies are delicious on their own. Add a little vegan cream cheese frosting and you've got yourself the best cookie ever!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 26 cookies
Calories: 121kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt, in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the vegan butter to a mixing bowl. Use either a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer to mix on medium speed until the butter is creamy. Add the sugars and mix until these are creamed together. Add the pumpkin puree and mix again until well-combined and smooth.
  • Pour the flour mixture in with the pumpkin and mix until combined. This is a sticky dough, but that's why the cookies are so soft and cake-like.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough balls roughly 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Use the bottom of a glass or dampened hands to gently press down the top of each cookie. This will help prevent the cookies from puffing up too much as they bake.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve these cookies as is, or add a dollop of vegan cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top.

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Notes

The nutritional estimate is for the cookie without frosting.
Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1999IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

3 Responses to Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlysheila Reply

    5 stars
    My sister loves pumpkin cookies and she’s vegan so I surprised her with these. She loved them and every one else too!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDan Reply

    Wow!! Looks yummy. I will definitely give it a try.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEric Reply

    Healthy & delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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