Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Sugar Frosting

soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon sugar frosting ... so heavenly! bring on the PUMPKIN!
Time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe it’s already the almost end of summer and time for back-to-school. It’s also time to talk about butter again with my friends at Land O’Lakes…not like I need a reason to talk about baking with butter. :)

As much as the scent of a freshly opened box of Crayons, or the feel of a crisp, new stack of notebook paper, homemade cookies mean back-to-school to me.

There is something so comforting about a cookie…whether it’s tucked into a lunchbox or offered after school with a hug and a “how was your day?”

soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon sugar frosting ... so heavenly! bring on the PUMPKIN!
I can eat pumpkin-flavored anything all year long, but once the start of school arrives, I feel legitimate in doing so.  These cookies are soft and pillow-y, almost like mini cakes.  The softness comes from the pumpkin, the sour cream, and the brown sugar.

the makings of cinnamon sugar frosting for pumpkin cookies
The frosting.  Oh, the frosting.  Made with Land O Lakes® Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread, it’s a cinch to pull together and magic on these cookies.  If you love cinnamon toast like I do, try spreading a little extra frosting on your morning toast.  OH my goodness.
This scrumptious cinnamon sugar butter will be a staple in my fridge all fall. It’s sweet, spicy and everything nice!

soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon sugar frosting ... so heavenly! bring on the PUMPKIN!
Here’s how to make the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Stir together the flour, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

Cream the butter and brown sugar until completely combined and smooth.  Beat in the pumpkin and sour cream, vanilla, and egg until well mixed.  Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

On low speed, add the flour in 3 additions, mixing just until combined.

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Scoop the dough onto the prepared sheets using a 2-Tablespoon cookie scoop.  Use a spoon to press down lightly on the tops of the cookies to flatten them just a bit.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until the centers are baked through.  You can check this with a toothpick like a cake.

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Remove to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.

easy and oh-so-delicious: cinnamon sugar frosting
After the cookies are cooled, make the frosting. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cinnamon sugar butter spread and the powdered sugar until combined.  Add in the milk and pinch of salt and beat on medium speed until smooth and thickened.

Use an offset spatula or table knife to spread onto the cooled cookies.  Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with cinnamon-sugar.

Back-to-school just isn’t complete without cookies!  Don’t you agree? 

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Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Sugar Frosting

Yield: 25 cookies

For the cookies:

3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 & ¼ cups light brown sugar
½ cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg

For the frosting:
1 (6.5 ounce) container Land O Lakes® Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread
1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
Pinch kosher salt

Bake at 350 has partnered with Land O'Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversations blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O'Lakes.
soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon sugar frosting
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