Pumpkin-Spiced Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin’s richness infuses classic sugar cookies with mellow, spicy flavor. Royal Icing tops these tender-on-the-inside cookies with a sweet, firm frosting.

Makes 24 servings


  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 recipe Royal Icing (see below)


In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Beat in egg until well combined. Beat in as much flour as possible with mixer; stir in remaining flour with a spoon. If desired, chill dough for easier handling.

Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness, adding more flour as necessary. Use 4- to 6-inch snowflake cutters to cut cookie shapes (or use cutters of your choice). Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Cool cookies on wire racks.

Decorate as shown or as desired with Royal Icing (see below).

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