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Pumpkin shaped sugar cookies decorated with orange icing and black spider web.

Pumpkin Spice Halloween Cookies

Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin spice cookies, homemade Halloween treat
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Laureen King
Festive pumpkin spice sugar cookies are a great homemade Halloween treat for spooky trick-or-treaters or Halloween party treat.
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  • 1 ½ cups butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean opened and seeds scraped out
  • 2 eggs + 1 extra yolk
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 3 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Whisk together flour, salt and pumpkin spice.
  • Using electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add vanilla bean, mix well, then add eggs. Beat to combine.
  • Add flour mix a bit at a time, mix until combined.
  • Separate dough into 3 equal portions. Flatten into disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour to chill the dough.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle flour on work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness.
  • Dust cookie cutter with flour to prevent dough from sticking and cut cookies. Transfer to cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. (edges just starting to brown)
  • Cool a bit on the cookie sheets before moving to wire cooling rack.
  • Decorate with royal icing that has been tinted with orange food coloring. The black spider web and spider can be made with food writer or royal icing that has been tinted with black food coloring. A store-bought candy spider also works great for a decoration.


Recipe and instructions for Royal Icing


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg