It’s that time of year again… pumpkin EVERYTHING!!!! It’s still in the high 80’s here in California so it’s not quite feeling like fall yet, but a girl can pretend, right? My hubby laughed at me when I walked out of the closet dressed in a blanket scarf. I may have to sweat through it, but I’m determined to have some fall vibes in my life!

Who else LOVES pumpkin cookies? Me too… the problem is that they’re typically a lot of work to make. I was making some chocolate cake mix cookies a couple of weeks ago and thought to myself, “Why can’t pumpkin cookies be this easy to make?” and then I realized, THEY CAN BE!!! So I created this recipe for you and I hope you love it as much as we already do! They only take about 15-20 minutes and I’ve already gotten all of my neighbors hooked on them.

You can make these THREE different ways:

  1. Make the pumpkin spice cake cookies and eat them plain
  2. Add in some delicious semi-sweet chocolate chips for pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies
  3. Frost with our cinnamon cream cheese frosting (I highly recommend this version)

Pumpkin Spice Cake Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 18
Author Kelsey T



  • 1 box Betty Crocker super moist spice cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp oil


  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water



  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg, oil and pumpkin puree. (the dough should be thick enough to hold it's shape when dropped by the spoonful onto cookie sheet, but not as thick as typical cookie dough).

  3. Drop cookie dough by the spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven before they brown.


  1. While cookies cool, make frosting. Beat together cream cheese, butter, salt, and vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar and cinnamon until combined. Add enough water to make the frosting light and fluffy.

  2. Once cookies are cool, top with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Now I’m going to pull a Maui and tell you, “You’re Welcome” because I know you’ll love these!


Here’s how they look without the frosting:

And here’s the pumpkin chocolate chip: