Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies

I love my basic sugar cookie recipe for so many reasons.  It tastes great, doesn’t need to be chilled, and is easy to adapt when you’re in the mood for something a little different…like pumpkin spice!

The addition of pumpkin flavoring and spices give my old classic a fall-friendly makeover.

I tried both the LorAnn’s pumpkin emulsion and Spices Ect’s pumpkin pie extract. I thought the Spices Etc extract was a bit “nutmeggier” than the emulsion, but both were wonderful.

Pumpkin Spice Cut Out Cookies


  • 1 c. {two sticks} of REAL unsalted BUTTER, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tsp. LorAnn pumpkin emulsion
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, ginger, and/or cloves
  • 2 1/2-2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt


  1. Cream together softened butter and confectioner’s sugar. Crack the egg into a separate bowl, and add the flavoring. Add that to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until the egg is thoroughly incorporated. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt, then add to the wet mixture a little bit at a time. The dough is ready when most of it sticks to the paddle. When touched, it has a little give, but does not stick to your fingers. Roll out on parchment to about 1/4 an inch thick, use flour for dusting as necessary. Cut and bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes. This version makes 2-2 1/2 dozen, doubled, it makes 4-5 dozen.

The final product is a little darker in color than the original with the perfect hint of spice and pairs nicely with vanilla royal icing.

I hope you’ll try it soon, and if you order either of the flavorings I mentioned, GET THE BIG BOTTLE.  Trust me, you’ll need it!

If you like to recipe shop, you may want to try these variations of pumpkin spice cut-out cookies:

These cookies make a great base for fun decorating ideas like these:

Join The Discussion



  1. 11

    well that is just smart!!! Now I can see trying all different flavors! Great idea:)

  2. 12
    sweetcoralice says:

    Oh, that sounds like an awesome combination! Planning on baking today (since its nice & cool), but i dont have either of those in my pantry:/ Wonder if I can convince myself to get dressed & go to the store for some 😉

  3. 13

    I love all your fun cut out cookie flavors! This is such a great idea for Fall :)

  4. 14
    Liz says:

    Love this idea – great flavor for Fall! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. 15
    Kelly Leroux says:

    EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thanks!

  6. 16
    TriciaZ says:

    I just made some cookies using Spices etc. pumpkin pie extract, and you’re right – it is a little “nutmeggy”, but the dough smells really good. I’m baking the cookies tonight. I’m going to find some of the LorAnn’s and give that a try, too. Your recipes are always so good!! Thanks, Callye!!

  7. 17
    Kelly Senyei says:

    I’m always on the hunt for a new cookie recipe to add to the usual holiday lineup, and I’m so glad to have come across your site (and more specifically, this post!). Can’t wait to try these!

  8. 18

    Looks delish!

  9. 19
    Lori says:

    Your mini pumpkin pie cookies are adorable and I want to make them for our Awana Children’s ministry Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday. I’d like to use the pumpkin flavored variation, but I can’t find the LorAnn Pumpkin Emulsion anywhere close to me. Is there a way that I can adjust the recipe to use something else? I could always use your original recipe, but these just look like you’d expect a pumpkin-y flavor. I love your cookies!! Thanks for all of the great recipes and ideas!


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