Looking for the best pumpkin cookies? This Easy Pumpkin Cookie Recipe is a crowd-pleaser! Perfect for your fall parties
It’s not really fall until my girl friend throws her annual Halloween party. No kids, and no costumes, this girls get-together is all about food and fun.
It’s always on a Saturday afternoon a couple weeks before Halloween. Usually just as the weather is starting to cool. Everyone dresses seasonally appropriately, meaning your most clever Halloween shirt.
When she first started hosting these parties there was a crafting component to the afternoon, usually painting a pumpkin. But over the years we’ve come to focus on the more important aspects of the day, like the food.
How clever are these cornbread skulls?! They were the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of homemade chili.
Possibly the cutest Halloween cookies you’ve ever seen. These were ordered from a local bakery.
While the hostess provided the Hocus Pocus cookies, chili, and skull cornbread, all the guests help round out the rest of the food table.
This year I decided to bring my easy pumpkin cookies. Always a crowd-pleaser, and you can’t go wrong with pumpkin cookies in the fall.
Easy Pumpkin Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Blend in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir to combine.
- Stir in chocolate chips. (Optional, melt chocolate chips and use a piping mag to pipe melted chocolate over the top of the cookies. I love doing this for parties to really have these cookies make a pretty statement!)
- Drop batter by heaping teaspoons onto baking sheets.
- Bake until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes.
- Cool cookies on wire racks. Store in airtight container.
And if you need a name for your girls get-together once upon a time this one was called the Fall Fabulous Brunch. It has since morphed into an event called Drunkin Pumpkin (when the craft was dropped). Whatever you call your party, just make sure you serve these cookies.
Want more pumpkin recipe inspiration? Try my popular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake!