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Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Dough & a “Frankenstein” Inspired Decorating Tutorial {Video}

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So the other day, I was bored procrastinating, and I decided to google pumpkin sugar cookies. I found dozens upon dozens of pumpkin shaped sugar cookies, and a handful of pumpkin spice cookies with assorted frostings, but not a pumpkin sugar cookie you could cut to hold its shape.

pumpkin sugar cookie dough

I was surprised too.

rolled pumpkin sugar cookie dough

So I decided to fix that, and tweak my own sugar cookie recipe beyond recognition so it couldn’t be reverse-engineered to get *that* recipe (the one I used for my bakery sugar cookies, sorry not sorry 😉 ) and create a pumpkin sugar cookie dough. These hold their shape beautifully, and best of all, they have real pumpkin in them, so real pumpkin flavor – hooray! And really, how cute would it be to have a tray of pumpkin-shaped pumpkin cookies as a Halloween or fall treat?

halloween pumpkin sugar cookie shapes

But I couldn’t stop at just pumpkins, so I made a few other shapes, mixed a few colors of frosting, and started doodling and playing with a few ideas until these adorable little creations came to life. Aren’t they darling?

Decorated pumpkin sugar cookie tutorial

royal icing decorations on pumpkin sugar cookies

decorated pumpkin sugar cookies

And of course, we have a tutorial! In video, please pardon my awful editing skills! (recipe below video)

Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe and Video Tutorial on Goodie Godmother

Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Dough & a "Frankenstein" Inspired Decorating Tutorial {Video}

Pumpkin sugar cookie dough perfect for cutting shapes and decorating with your favorite frosting!


  • 4 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  2. Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the sugar and pumpkin.
  3. Add the egg, scraping down the sides after stirring.
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Roll out the cookie dough to desired thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill.
  6. When you are ready to cut and bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 400 F.
  7. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and cut out desired shapes. It's best to cut shapes as close to each other as possible because you will need to chill the re-rolled dough again before cutting.
  8. Place the cookies on ungreased parchment paper baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom edges are slightly golden and cookies are baked through.
  9. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

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Make pumpkin flavored sugar cookies that hold their shape with this pumpkin sugar cookie dough recipe! Video included demonstrating a Frankenstein-inspired royal icing decorating tutorial. These would also be cute for Thanksgiving cookies! * Recipe on

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Byron Thomas

Wednesday 12th of October 2016

These are adorable, Mary! I love a good sugar cookie, but I've never tried a pumpkin flavoured sugar cookie. I just got me some new halloween cookie cutters too, so looks like I have a task tonight! Yay!

Amy Harris

Tuesday 4th of October 2016

I've been looking for a recipe like this. However, I notice the instructions say to add the egg, but there is not egg listed in the ingredients. Can you please confirm how many eggs are supposed to be used. Thank you

Mary (The Goodie Godmother)

Tuesday 4th of October 2016

Just one egg. Sorry for the omission!

nazima, Franglais Kitchen

Monday 26th of October 2015

such a lovely and inventive seasonal cookie. I love this! nice use for spare pumpkin puree! pinning for fall playdates for my kids!

The Godmother

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

Thank you! I do believe in finding creative ways to use leftovers!


Saturday 24th of October 2015

These are AMAZING, I love the festive colors and the fact that they are pumpkin cookies, I am pinning this one to my pumpkin everything board, thank you for sharing this recipe!

The Godmother

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

Thank you!!!

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