Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened

  2. 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  4. 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

  5. 1 large egg

  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  7. 3 cups all-purpose flour

  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  9. 1 teaspoon salt

  10. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  11. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  12. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  13. 2 cups chopped walnuts

  14. 1/4 cup unsalted butter , cubed

  15. 3/4 cup brown sugar

  16. 2 tablespoons milk

  17. 1 teaspoon maple syrup or 1 teaspoon maple flavoring

  18. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  19. 4 ounces Cream Cheese , softened

  20. 2 -2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. For cookies: In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until combined. Add sugars; beat until light and fluffy. Blend in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.

  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg. Gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well (dough will be thick). Fold in chopped nuts. Refrigerate cookie dough for 2 hours.

  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop by tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes. (Mine came out perfectly in 12 minutes for both a gas and electric oven. These cookies don't brown much because of their color.).

  4. Cool for 1 minute on pan. Move to wire rack to cool.

  5. For frosting: In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes and remove from heat.

  6. Stir in maple syrup (or flavoring) and vanilla extract. Cool completely.

  7. In a mixer bowl with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir caramel until smooth, add to cream cheese, and mix until combined.

  8. Add and mix in powdered sugar, starting with 2 cups, until it reaches a frosting consistency. Frost cookies.

  9. NOTE: I've glazed these when the bottom of the cookies are just a little warm and the frosting has set up beautifully. With my next batch, I didn't wait as long, and while the frosting did stay on the top, some of it did ooze down the sides like a glaze. So frost however you want it to be like!


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