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Easy Pumpkin Cookies {With Cake Mix}

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Easy pumpkin cookies recipe with cake mix, homemade with simple ingredients. Soft and chewy through oatmeal and shredded coconut with a pumpkin spice sugar topping. These can also be called pumpkin snickerdoodles or pumpkin pie cookies because of the addition of pumpkin pie filling.

It’s that time of year when we crave pumpkin everything! These simple and delicious cookies will hit the spot. Surprise your kids with an after school treat, or make them for yourself because you deserve a treat just as much! Love the idea of cake mix baking ease? Then try these Easy Pumpkin Muffins {With Cake Mix} and Easy Pumpkin Bread {With Cake Mix} while you are at it!

How To Make Pumpkin Cookies?

  1. In a bowl– Add egg, pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin pie spice and mix until smooth.
  2. Add cake mix, oats, shredded coconut– Mix until combined.
  3. Cover and chill dough– For 30-45 minutes.
  4. While the cookie dough is chilling– Prepare the pumpkin spice sugar topping by mixing together granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl until combined.
  5. Scoop out big spoonfuls of the chilled dough– Drop them in the bowl of pumpkin spice sugar.
  6. Roll dough in sugar– Try to form them into roughly shaped balls.
  7. Place them on a cookie tray– Lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are spaced out.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 13-15 minutes.
  9. Remove tray from oven– Let the cookies cool in the tray and then, enjoy!

This Is The BEST Pumpkin Cookie Recipe!

  • They are quick to make.
  • Soft in the middle, chewy on the edges.
  • Common ingredients.
  • Bursting with pumpkin flavor!

Storage

In a cookie jar- At room temperature for up to 3 days.

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Freeze– Let them cool completely, and then store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months. Thaw to room temperature, when ready to eat.

Variations For Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Iced pumpkin cookies/pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting– Simply mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla into a thick glaze. Dip tops of each cookie in this icing and let it set. Try this Best Cream Cheese Frosting for an alternative choice.

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies– Add milk, dark, or white chocolate chips for even more flavor.

Add nuts- Such as pecans, walnuts, or even slivered almonds.

Add dried fruit– Such as raisins or cranberries.

Add extracts– Such as vanilla, almond, amaretto, or bourbon.

Use a spice cake mix– In place of the yellow cake mix.

Adjust seasoning– Add more or less according to your preference.

Tips And Techniques for Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

How do you know when cookies are done baking? When the edges are firm and golden brown but still slightly soft in the center, the cookies are done.

Why are my cookies flat? In this case, it may be that you overmixed the dough. This can cause the cookies to come out flat. Make sure to only mix until the ingredients are combined. Also, do not skip the chilling step. This helps maintain the shape of the cookies.

What kind of oats to use? Make sure to us quick oats, not old fashioned or steel cut.

What kind of coconut to use? Use sweetened and shredded coconut for this recipe!

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper– Do not use wax paper, that will melt and burn in the oven. The parchment paper won’t burn and will keep the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.

Do I use pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling? I used pumpkin pie filling for these cookies. It is sweetened and spiced, providing more flavor than pumpkin puree alone. You can use pumpkin puree is you prefer, but the cookies will be less sweet.

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Easy Pumpkin Cookies With Cake Mix

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 
Servings: 16 Cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy thanksgiving cookies, homemade pumpkin cookies
Calories: 219 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg Large
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin pie filling
  • 1.5 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box Yellow cake mix Or spice cake mix, I used yellow cake mix for these pictures
  • 1 cup Oats Quick oats, Not old fashioned or steel cut
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut Sweetened
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Topping
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add egg, pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin pie spice and mix until smooth.

  2. Then, add cake mix, oats, shredded coconut and mix until combined. Don't over-mix!

  3. Cover and chill dough for 30-45 minutes to make it easier to handle.

  4. While the cookie dough is chilling, prepare the pumpkin spice sugar topping by mixing together granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl until combined.

  5. Scoop out big spoonfuls of the chilled dough and drop them in the bowl of pumpkin spice sugar.

  6. Roll dough in sugar and try to form them into roughly shaped balls. They don't need to be perfect.

  7. Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper (not wax paper). Make sure they are spaced out because they will expand quite a bit while baking.

  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 13-15 minutes or until edges are firm and golden brown but still slightly soft in the center.

  9. Remove tray from oven and let the cookies cool in the tray and then, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days or stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pumpkin Cookies With Cake Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 273mg11%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1065IU21%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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