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Pumpkin-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Easy to make pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies are as charming as they are delicious. But surprise, don’t let them fool you! There is no pumpkin in the ingredient list.

A horizontal image of a plate filled with orange and green pumpkin shaped sugar cookies with an orange napkin and a textured place mat.

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This simple cookie recipe celebrates the pumpkin, but not the ingredient itself. It’s all about the look and shape, and not about a pumpkin spice flavor.

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

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How this recipe came to be:

Every year for Christmas it’s a tradition for me to make my family’s favorite sugar cookie.

I’ve shared the recipe back in 2010 and dubbed it “Santa’s Favorite Cookie.”

This year, I decided to mix things up a little, so I used the same recipe (basically), and made pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies as a special surprise they didn’t see coming!

Needless to say, the cookies were gobbled up quickly. 🙂

When is the proper time to color the dough?

After the cookie dough is thoroughly mixed, divided the dough into two pieces. One large, and one small.

The larger section of dough should be colored orange for all the pumpkin bodies, and the smaller piece of dough I colored green for all the pumpkin stems.

What is cream of tartar?

Cream of tartar is a leavening agent similar to baking powder.

The cream of tartar combined with the baking soda will give the pumpkin cookies a nice little lift, and will balance the flavor of the cookies.

Yes!

Wrap the colored dough well in cling wrap and freeze, unbaked, for up to 2 months.

When ready to make the pumpkin cookies, thaw the dough completely, shape the cookies as instructed, and bake.

A horizontal image of a tray of pumpkin-free sugar cookies with a pumpkin and leave coffee mug.

Can these pumpkin sugar cookies be frozen after baking?

Yes!

Store them in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Additional fall pumpkin-free desserts:

*Acorn Cookies with Peanut Butter and Banana (pictured below)

“These acorn cookies are just as cute as can be! They have a delicious peanut butter and banana flavor, and I promise you’ll go NUTS for them.”

A vertical image of acorn cookies on a plate with a squirrel.

*Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes from Crayons and Cravings

*Easy Apple Pie Wedges (pictured below)

“You’re going to love how easy and delicious these apple pie wedges are to make…and eat. With store-bought or homemade pie crust, apple pie wedges are utterly delicious!!”

A vertical closeup image of a blue plate filled with apple pie wedges.

*Cranberry Pear Galette from Hearth and Vine

*Chocolate Covered Shoestring Haystacks (pictured below)

A closeup vertical image of chocolate covered shoestring haystacks on a plate with sunflowers in the background.

*Cinnamon Bundt Cake from The Greedy Gourmet

*Pumpkin-Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Vertical title text image of a closeup of pumpkin free pumpkin cookies on a plate.

How to make pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
How To Make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Add a beaten egg and vanilla extract. Blend to combine.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Add the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt to the bowl.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Blend to thoroughly combine.
  • Remove a small portion of the dough (about ¼ cup) to a small bowl.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Add orange gel food color to the large bowl of dough and mix until no streaks are left.
  • Add a small amount of green gel color to the small bowl of dough.
  • Mix well.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  •  Use a tablespoon or small scoop and roll the orange dough into balls the size of golf balls.
  • Once rolled, drop the dough balls into a small bowl of granulated sugar and roll to coat the entire ball in sugar.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Place the sugared cookie balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Make a small indentation on the top of each flattened cookie (where the stem will go).
  • Use a paring knife to slice each pumpkin cookie with four curved pumpkin lines.
  • Use a small amount of green dough and form into a cone shape.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Press each cone-shaped stem onto the top of each pumpkin.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Use the paring knife to add two small slits to the stem (if desired).
  • Bake the cookies in a preheated 350-degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned, but not dark.
  • Cool completely on a baking rack.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining dough.
  • This recipe makes approximately 3½ dozen cookies.
How to make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies | Kudos Kitchen by Renee

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. I thank you most sincerely! 🙂

Yield: 42 cookies

Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies

Easy to make pumpkin shaped sugar cookies are as charming as they are delicious. But surprise, don't let them fool you! There is no pumpkin in the ingredient list.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, softened (I use salted butter)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • orange gel food color
  • green gel food color

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to cream the butter, brown sugar, and ½ cup granulated sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in the beaten egg and vanilla until thoroughly combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and all-purpose flour.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend until a soft dough forms and the ingredients are completely blended.
  6. Remove ¼ cup of the dough to a small bowl and add a few drops of green gel color. Mix well.
  7. Add a few drops of orange gel color to the large bowl and mix until well combined and no streaks remain.
  8. Scoop the orange dough out by the tablespoonful (or use a small scoop) and roll into balls approximately the size of a golf ball. Roll each ball into the remaining granulated sugar to coat.
  9. Place the orange sugared balls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper (optional), and use a glass with a flat bottom (or a measuring cup) to flatten each ball into a disc.
  10. Press a small dimple into the top of each pumpkin (where the stem will go), and use a paring knife to carefully cut four rounded slits onto each pumpkin.
  11. Use the green dough to form a small cone shape for each pumpkin and press the narrow end into the area at the top of each pumpkin for the stem.
  12. Use the paring knife to carefully cut two small slits on each pumpkin stem (optional).
  13. Bake in a preheated oven for 18 minutes (or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned, but not dark).
  14. Cool the cookies on a wire rack and repeat the same process with the remaining dough.

Notes

Tools and equipment:

stand mixer or hand mixer, 1 large bowl, 2 small bowls, spatula or wooden spoon, a tablespoon or small scoop, baking sheets, parchment paper (optional), orange and green gel food color, measuring cups, measuring spoons, cooling rack (optional)

Nutrition Information

Yield

42

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 86Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 15mgSodium 122mgCarbohydrates 10gSugar 6g

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El

Friday 29th of November 2019

How do you keep the cookies from losing their cute pumpkin shape??

Renée

Saturday 30th of November 2019

That's a good question because as you can tell from my completed cookies, mine too puffed up a bit and were more rounded in shape than what I was anticipating. That said, I believe if the formed dough is chilled for 20 minutes in the refrigerator before baking (which I did not do, and it's not written in the instructions), it will make the cookies hold their shape better in the oven. That, or you can try adding about 3 tablespoons of extra flour into the batter to make it a tiny bit denser, which should also help with the spreading and puffing. I hope these suggestions help. Renee

Amanda

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

These are so cute I know my nieces will love this

Taylor

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

These are SO cute and perfect for Halloween parties! Love them!

Renée

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Glad you like them, Taylor. Thank you!

Justine Howell

Thursday 13th of September 2018

So good and cute for a Fall themed party, love these!

Renée

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Yes, they would be perfect for a fall themed party, Justine. Glad you think so.

Britni

Thursday 13th of September 2018

I love recipes that you can do with your little ones. Thank you for your creativity!!

Renée

Thursday 13th of September 2018

These cookies would delight the little ones! I'll bet they'd have a blast making these in the kitchen!

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