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.

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Every year for Christmas it’s a tradition for me to make my family’s favorite sugar cookie. I’ve shared the recipe in the past (way 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. 🙂

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies is available near the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list for making pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies;

  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • butter
  • egg
  • baking soda
  • cream of tartar
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • green and orange gel food color

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.

Can the colored cookie dough be frozen before shaping and baking 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.

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Can these pumpkin sugar cookies be frozen after baking?

Yes!

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

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*Acorn Cookies with Peanut Butter and Banana (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

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*Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes from Crayons and Cravings

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*Cranberry Pear Galette from Hearth and Vine

*Chocolate Covered Shoestring Haystacks (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

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*Cinnamon Bundt Cake from The Greedy Gourmet

*Pumpkin-Free Pumpkin Sugar Cookies (pictured below) This is the place!!

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How to make pumpkin-free pumpkin 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 and instructions for making for today’s Pumpkin-FREE Pumpkin Cookies

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. 

4.5 from 6 votes
Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies
Easy To Make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 
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.
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Keyword: pumpkin shaped cookies, pumpkin sugar cookies
Servings: 42 cookies
Calories: 86 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée – Kudos Kitchen
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.
Recipe 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 Facts
Easy To Make Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 Comments

  1. There is something so simple and tasty about sugar cookies!

  2. These are so festive and I love them!

  3. Love your idea!

  4. Your treats are always so pretty and colorful! These cookies are adorable!

  5. These are such pretty cookies and I really love your step by step instructions!

  6. Catalina @ Peas & Peonies

    What a great idea! Looks so good!

  7. I feel like I can eat these cookies every day!

  8. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    Such perfect little works of art!

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  10. Thanks for the inspiration

  11. 5 stars
    I love recipes that you can do with your little ones. Thank you for your creativity!!

  12. Justine Howell

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

  13. 5 stars
    These are SO cute and perfect for Halloween parties! Love them!

  14. 5 stars
    These are so cute I know my nieces will love this

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

    • 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

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