These molasses spice cookies are soft, chewy and perfectly spiced! Topped with a pumpkin cream cheese frosting, these delicious cookies are great for any autumn celebration!
My autumn baking list always includes some form of pumpkin spice cookies, but this year’s version definitely exceeded expectations. Soft and chewy spice cookies made with molasses and topped with a super creamy pumpkin frosting — a flavor packed treat perfect for the season!
The inspiration for these cookies comes from an old Taste of Home magazine recipe for little spice cookies that are served with pumpkin dip — it’s something that I look forward to baking every autumn. But this year I wanted to make a more individual version that didn’t require any dipping so I transformed the dip into a deliciously creamy frosting! I also made a few other adjustments here and there, but the resulting cookies have all the wonderful flavors that I love in the original version.
chewy spice cookies
In addition to the regular lineup of cookie ingredients, this recipe also calls for molasses and a variety of spices to really develop those deep and warming flavors. While you can switch up the spices, the molasses is an essential ingredient as it’s what gives these cookies their wonderfully soft and chewy texture. For this recipe, I recommend avoiding blackstrap molasses (it has a really intense flavor) and sticking to something lighter (such as Grandma’s Molasses). Just ¼ cup (80 g) of molasses is all you need for the perfect flavor and texture.
The dough will be quite sticky right after you’ve mixed it, which is why I suggest chilling the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes (and up to overnight) prior to baking. The quick chill also enhances the flavor of your cookies and will keep them from spreading too much.
Then just roll your chilled cookie dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. No need to press them down, the cookies will flatten as they bake!
pumpkin cream cheese frosting
While these cookies are great on their own, I still love the addition of pumpkin frosting to really up the fall flavors and make them the perfect treat for any halloween or thanksgiving gathering!
To make the frosting, you’ll need just cream cheese, pumpkin puree, powdered sugar and a few spices (cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg). Start by combining the cream cheese and pumpkin puree, then add the spices and powdered sugar and your frosting is ready! Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your frosting is perfectly smooth and creamy:
- Make sure you’re using canned pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. The latter is already sweetened and seasoned with spices.
- Let your cream cheese come to room temperature before using to avoid any lumps in your frosting.
- The frosting is easily spreadable, but if you prefer a thicker frosting you can continue adding powdered sugar a few tablespoons at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
For more cookie inspiration, make sure to check out these recipes!
- chocolate dulce de leche cookies
- chocolate chip marzipan cookies
- pryaniki | russian honey spice cookies
- spiced brown butter snickerdoodles
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