Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

A seasonal Lofthouse style cookie recipe. Soft batch, non-cakey, spiced pumpkin cookies with your choice of vanilla or maple frosting and colorful sprinkles for a finishing touch.

Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookie Recipe from A seasonal Lofthouse style cookie recipe.

Are you watching the World Series? Tell me you are. But more importantly… tell me you’re routing for the Red Sox. I have to admit, I totally had to call it quits during the 7th inning of the first game. I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. But up until that point it was a fun game to watch. Drama before the 2nd inning was even over. Gotta love it.

My biggest gripe about big games and series like this is that they give you a time (ex. 730pm) but then the game doesn’t actually start for 30+ minutes later. Can’t they be more specific and say pre-game coverage? Which they do for regular season, I just swear they don’t in post-season coverage which kind of drives me bonkers. Of course maybe they really do and I’m just focused on a time, any time, so I don’t miss the game and it just so happens to be the wrong time. Someone remind me in the future to not start watching until the game is minutes from officially starting. Of course a little early is totally okay because I like catching the National Anthem.  :)

Enough about baseball… let’s talk cookies… because you’re probably mad at me for shoving these in your face and rambling on about something else, right? ;)

Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookie Recipe from A seasonal Lofthouse style cookie recipe.

It’s hard to believe I’ve never in my life (or that I know of) had a Lofthouse style cookie. I’m sure I’ve seen them in stores plenty but I never bought them. Why? Because I like to make my own cookies and because prepackaged baked goods can occasionally be questionable… will they be soft or crunchy or *gasp* crumbly? Will they even taste good? Don’t get me wrong, I buy my fair share of pre-made stuff but baked goods in clear plastic bins isn’t high on my list. Not to mention that they’re typically in the ‘not safe’ list of foods for this house because bakeries have nuts and they’re a no-no here.

After seeing soft batch Lofthouse style cookies floating around all over the blogosphere, I finally decided to tackle them myself. My only regret is that I didn’t make them sooner! So soft and packed with flavor. I made both a vanilla version and a pumpkin version. For the vanilla cookies, you’ll have to hop on over to Katrina’s to grab the recipe as I’m sharing it over there today! If you’re looking for the pumpkin recipe… look no further!

Both flavors are ridiculously tasty and the sprinkles are 200% necessary. If you’re looking for a classic, try the soft batch vanilla cookies. If you’re looking for a fun seasonal version of your favorite Lofthouse style cookie… try these soft batch frosted pumpkin cookies. Plenty of spice and flavor packed into a small treat! Bonus, for those of you looking for egg-free dessert recipes, add this pumpkin cookie to your list. Yes, egg-free! Be sure to check out what other egg-free desserts I have as well!

Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookie Recipe from A seasonal Lofthouse style cookie recipe.

Remember to stop by Katrina’s to grab the soft batch vanilla frosted cookie recipe. The pumpkin cookie recipe can be found below.

Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

A seasonal Lofthouse style cookie recipe. Soft batch, non-cakey, spiced pumpkin cookies with your choice of vanilla or maple frosting and colorful sprinkles for a finishing touch.
Prep Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie
Servings: 24 cookies


Cookie ingredients:

  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/4 C all purpose flour

Frosting ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract or pure maple syrup
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk or water


  • Sprinkles


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in pumpkin and vanilla. When mixture is just barely combined, add remaining dry ingredients. Mix until no streaks remain and batter is lump free.
  • Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough, shape into smooth balls and gently flatten slightly. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 1 minute prior to transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • When cookies have cooled completely, prepare frosting. In a medium bowl, mix together powdered sugar and butter until evenly dispersed, mixture may be crumbly. Add vanilla and 1 Tbsp of milk or water at a time until desired icing consistency is reached.
  • Frost cookies with a small offset spatula and immediately top off with sprinkles. Allow frosting to set or enjoy immediately. Once frosting has set completely, store cookies in an airtight container.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More pumpkin recipes to try:
Jamaican spiced pumpkin pie
Maple pumpkin mini cheesecakes with brown sugar maple whipped cream
Pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread
Pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies
Pumpkin mousse parfaits
Pumpkin cheesecake
Pumpkin donut holes
Perfect soft batch chocolate chip cookies

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40 Responses to “Soft Batch Frosted Pumpkin Cookies”

  1. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — October 25, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I am not sure I have ever had a Lofthouse cookie either but I’m lovin these pumpkin flavored ones!!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Nancy!

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

    These look absolutely beautiful. I can taste them already!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Ali!

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    Tieghan — October 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

    These look so much better than any store could ever, ever make! I too have never had one of these kinds of cookies, but I think that needs to change, especially with the holiday season ahead! :)

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      You definitely should try them! :)

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — October 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

    These look so fluffy and moist and a bite of pumpkin heaven! I need a few right now!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Steph! :)

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — October 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

    These sound fabulous! I can’t get enough of pumpkin lately!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Tis the season! :) And thanks Amy!

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    Ambar — October 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

    These cookies look amazing! I must be doing something wrong because my cookies always look like something is wrong with them! lol i will be trying this recipe and i pray it comes out as good as your cookies look! :)

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      lol What matters is how they taste ;) Good luck! And thank you :)

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    Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) — October 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I never buy cookies from the grocery store for the same reasons, but I admit that I LOVE this style of cookie. I’m so excited to make them at home!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Nora! I hope you do try them sometime :)

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    Amy @Very Culinary — October 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Toootally watching the series. Pffft. My life is food and baseball. BUT, I think Paul and I are the rare fans that just love a good game, doesn’t so much matter who’s in it. Having said that, I grew up watching the A’s and have in recent years fallen in love with the Giants. Since neither of them are in it, I’ll vote for your Red Sox! AND I’ll take a few of these cookies. No problem.

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Woohoo best answer and cookies with the game would be fab!

  9. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I’m obsessed with these kind of cookies! Looks absolutely delicious, Rachel!

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks Marie!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I made your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with my friend a couple weeks ago and accidentally added the full can of pumpkin! I just added more flour and they came out pretty good, just puffier than I had wanted. I’ve been meaning to retry them but now I want these too.

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      Rachel — October 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Haha! Oops! :) It happens but I’m glad you still enjoyed them. Let me know if you try them again or if you try these ones!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I haven’t actually had a soft batch Lofthouse cookie before. Looks like I need to make a batch of these pumpkin ones. I love that they’re so versatile for any holiday :)

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      Rachel — October 26, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Imagine the possibilities :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 26, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I started playing around with some lofthouse copycat recipes about 6 mos ago and finally got them where I wanted them to be and then added PB. I love that you added pumpkin! And your frosting/sprinkles just totally make them even more irresistable!

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      Rachel — October 26, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Frosting and sprinkles make everything better! :)

  13. #
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — October 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    These look great! They look thick and I’m guessing moist. Love thick cookies, make the desert worth while :)

  14. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

    A soft pumpkin cookie with maple icing sounds incredibly perfect right now. And it’s 9am. LOVE the sprinkles.

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      Rachel — October 27, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Sally!

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    Tracey — October 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I swear, between the Bruins and Red Sox I feel like all I’ve done is watch sports every night for the past 2 weeks. Not that I’m complaining – I’m going to be so bummed when it’s all over! I love lofthouse cookies, a pumpkin version is awesome, especially with sprinkles!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

      I haven’t been able to stay up. I try and fail every time. I’m just not cut out for staying up late anymore.

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    Rachel @the dessert chronicles — October 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    wow these look so good! I loft soft cookies, but PUMPKIN soft cookies sound even better! Definitely trying this recipe this week!

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      Rachel — October 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 31, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Rach, just as I mentioned over at Katrina’s blog, you ROCK! Beautiful cookies, girl. Thank you for guest posting for Katrina and supporting her blog. (I pinned those cookies from here to Kingdom Come on all applicable group boards at Pinterest in support.) You are a good friend. Love that you made a pumpkin version of the Lofthouse cookies as well. They’re so festive with the Fall sprinkles! Thanks for sharing. xo

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      Rachel — October 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Stacy! The extra shares from her post are much appreciated. :)

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    Beth — November 3, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I adore the simplicity and old-school feel of these cookies. They make me want to curl up in front of a fireplace with a good book :) Did you prefer the vanilla or the pumpkin? I’m torn and don’t know which one to try first!

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      Rachel — November 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Thanks so much Beth. I loved them both but probably the pumpkin a bit more. I’d start with that one since it’s an in season flavor :)

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    Judi — December 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t see any eggs listed in this recipe. Is that correct? I’m guessing the pumpkin makes up for the eggs. I’m making these as I type. Can’t wait to try them!

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      Rachel — December 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      You are correct. The pumpkin replaces the eggs, so this is an egg-free cookie recipe. :) Enjoy!!

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    Mila furman — December 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Rachael, I have been secretly stalking your site and now I’m happy to finally say hi! Love the site and your recipes! I made your loft house cookies sans pumpkin and they were a hit! I am doing a post on them tomorrow and would love for you to stop by the site!

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    Bette — October 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I made these this afternoon.They were a big hit with my whole family.

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      Rachel — October 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

      So glad to hear it, Bette! Thanks for sharing. :)

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