Amish Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel frosting

I like to make these Amish Pumpkin cookies with caramel icing and a fluffy cake-like texture more than just in the fall months. The warm flavors of cinnamon, ginger and cloves pair so well with the sweet and smooth flavor of the caramel frosting. This recipe for pumpkin cookies with caramel icing was inspired by an Amish Cookbook called “The Esh Family Cookbook,” and they are the best pumpkin drop cookies I’ve ever tried at home!

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Amish Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel frosting

Soft and cake-like cookies with warm spices and a smooth caramel frosting. Pairing spiced pumpkin cookies and caramel frosting is definitely a win!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 4 dozen


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup oil vegetable or canola
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

Caramel Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 dashes salt
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil and sugar until well incorporated. Add pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla, then whisk the wet ingredients together until smooth and lump free. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and then add them to the wet ingredients. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, drop the cookie dough onto greased cookie sheets and then bake the Amish pumpkin cookies in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until the edges have browned slightly and the centers are set. Allow to cool.
  • Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan, then add brown sugar and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Once the mixture reached a slow boil, reduce the heat to low and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has mostly dissolved. Add milk and salt and then continue stirring until the caramel comes to a full boil. Immediately remove from the heat and allow to cool at room temperature.
  • Once the caramel has cooled to room temp, sift confectioners sugar and add 1/2 cup at a time. Mix the frosting (with a hand mixer) between each addition of confectioners sugar, until the icing has become thick enough to frost the cookies (the last 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar may not be needed). Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle tops with cinnamon (optional). More notes and photos below.
Keyword Caramel frosting, Pumpkin, Cookies,
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Assemble wet ingredients, brown sugar, oil, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and beaten eggs.

Growing up Amish we didn’t use mixers too often because we didn’t have electricity. To this day, I still combine most of my ingredients by hand (Except frosting, bread or eclair ingredients.) And prefer to simply combine the wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients into the same bowl. We had to hand wash all of our dishes, so my Mom was very strict (and for good reason) about using the minimum amount of dishes possible. All that to say, feel free to deviate from this recipe and use your favorite method of mixing cookie dough!

Whisk wet ingredients together until well combined.

Assemble dry ingredients, then whisk into the wet until smooth and well combined.

I was being a good girl for the internet’s sake and added the dry ingredients to a separate bowl. However, my plain tendencies took over and I simply dumped the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient (combined) bowl before combining. (The cookies tasted great, so maybe it’s an Amish secret to great cookies?)

Drop cookies by tablespoon onto cookies sheets. To avoid them running into each other as they bake you can add 6-9 instead of 12 per baking sheet, if you prefer.

My cookies tend to come in all shapes. If you prefer them more evenly rounded you can use an ice cream scoop instead of a tablespoon to drop the dough onto the cookie sheets. If you have any tips/ideas for round, perfectly shaped cookies, let me know in the comments below!

Frost the cooled cookies with the caramel frosting and then sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on the tops if you wish. Enjoy!!

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  3. I made these and followed the recipe perfectly but they got really puffy and and a cake like texture!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Mine had a cake like texture as well. I did find the puffiness to go down as they cooled.

  4. Cheryl Donnelly says:

    These pumpkin cookies are delicious! The kind of cookie that just melts in your mouth, and they are absolutely bursting with flavor! Plus the caramel frosting compliments the cookie perfectly🙂
    A new favorite!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Thanks for your feedback!! They are one of my favorites too!

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  7. Can butter milk be used instead of whole milk?

    1. marilynpeight says:

      I personally haven’t tried it, and would recommend reducing the amount of baking powder and adding more baking soda, since the cookies use baking powder the buttermilk can upset the balance of alkali to acid. One problem with this method is the cookies may end up tasting more bitter from the added baking soda and the buttermilk flavor.

  8. Donnie Burns says:

    These cookie look and sound awesome!!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Thank you Donnie!

  9. Deb Martin says:

    I made these yesterday. I was a little concerned about the amount of cinnamon, but followed the recipe because I don’t think it’s fair to comment when you’ve made changes. They were fantastic! Half a dozen ‘disappeared’ before I could even frost them! I used a cookie scoop, and got almost 6 dozen. They’re almost half gone, and there’s just me, my hubby, my mom, and a visiting granddaughter. These will definitely be made often! I had left over frosting, I think it would be great on spice cupcakes also.

    1. marilynpeight says:

      I’m glad they turned out great for you! I noticed the cinnamon seems heavy too but without it I don’t think the cookies would taste as good!😊 The frosting sounds very tasty on spice cup cakes!

  10. Christine Means says:

    Most delicious pumpkin cookies ever!! Easy recipe to follow and I love baking when it doesn’t require breaking out the mixer or any other small kitchen appliances. Family and neighbors loved these! Next time I think I’ll add white chocolate chips instead of frosting the cookies!!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Thank you so much! Oh yum! I might have to try that too, sounds delicious!

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    I added a little less than 1/4c more of flour and doubled the cinnamon. I refrigerated the dough over night because I needed between sugar for the frosting. The next day I piped the cookies onto the pan that had a silicone silicone mat. Bagged for 12mins at 350 with a gas oven. I also opted to pipe the frosting. THESE are SO good 🤤
    I wish I could add a photo!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      That’s wonderful! I’m glad they turned out good for you, enjoy!

  13. This is first time I’m trying this recipe, can I cut it half?

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Absolutely! You can also freeze the cookies in an airtight container separated with parchment paper, if you would like to keep half a batch for later.

  14. Melissa says:

    These look delicious and I might try making them tonight!

    One question… since the frosting has milk and butter, do you store these in the refrigerator or can they be stored for a few days at room temperature?

    Thank you!

    1. marilynpeight says:

      I personally keep them stored at room temp for a day or two, but would recommend refrigerating them if you plan on storing them for any longer than that.

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