Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 5 dozen cookies


These delicious Pumpkin-Walnut Cookies are great for a snack or holiday bake sale.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • walnut pieces (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350º F.

butter, brown sugar and sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract. Continue beating for 1 to 2 minutes or until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in 1 cup walnuts by hand. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice in medium mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Garnish with walnuts.

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

by N. Naomi , , on Jun. 2009

I baked these cookies for a meeting at work. Other employees also brought cookies. Mine were gone first, and I was asked for the recipe! They remind me of pumpkin rolls. Everyone loves them.

One of My New Favorite Cookies!

by M. Madeline , Carriere, MS on Oct. 2008

I made these cookies and shared them with my neighbor and family. I know that something is a winner when the platter is almost empty when I leave. This one definitely passed the test! The cookies are so moist and the frosting so appropriate. I toasted the chopped walnuts that I'd reserved for the cookie tops. This adds another layer of really good flavor.


by K. Kathy , SEATTLE, WA on Sep. 2008

I made these last year, and they definitely made a big hit with my teenage son & my husband. They make very good bake sale cookies too!

A party hit!!!

by C. Christina , LONG BRANCH, NJ on May. 2008

I made these cookies for a party and everyone was raving about how good they were and that it was like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie. As a matter of fact, I didn't get to even taste them because all of my guests ate every last one of them!!!

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

by G. Gwen , STATEN ISLAND, NY on Dec. 2007

I made a double batch to bring to work and they were a huge hit! I have a feeling these will be repeated throughout the year. They're not just for Autumn, anymore...

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

by C. Cheryl , ALTA LOMA, CA on Oct. 2007

These cookies are so good. Very moist and easy to make. The frosting is the perfect finish.

These cookies 'rock'!

by m. mary , Orland Park, IL on Dec. 2006

WOW! I couldn't wait for them to get cool to try and thought they were great, but the next day they were 110% better. Easy to make and froze some for later on and they tasted like they were just made that same day. Next time I want to add some raisins to recipe. Thanks!!

Pumpkin & Nuts-Delicious

by R. Rosa , Goleta, CA on Nov. 2006

I made these cookies to take to work and a third of them never made it out the door. If you love pumpkin and nuts, this is the recipe for you. Also very easy and quick to make.

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

by M. Margaret , WESTLAND, MI on Oct. 2006

I made these cookies for the family dinner we had this past week and they were gone in no time. I did however change the recipe a little since I do not like overly spicy things, I only used half the pumpkin pie spice called for and yet they were still delicious. Also left off the frosting because my brother in law is supposed to watch his sugar.

pumpkin walnut cookies

by f. faith , new phila, OH on Oct. 2006

Simply awesome!! These cookies just hit the spot if you are craving pumpkin. We couldn't stop eating them. Very most and the frosting is so yummmy.