Taylor Swift’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies Are the Perfect Treat for Fall

Fall is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the sweaters and grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte. As the leaves change and the temperatures grow cooler, it’s also the perfect time for baking. Apple pie, pumpkin bread, and cranberry muffins may be on the menu. And you can add to that list a cookie recipe from Taylor Swift that’s perfect for fall. 

Taylor Swift loves these pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting 

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The “Cardigan” singer who says “baking is my favorite,” loves to whip up a batch of pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese frosting when the weather gets chilly. She shared the recipe — which takes just 10 minutes to prepare — with Great American Country several years ago.


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground all spice
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whole pecans (to garnish)

For the frosting:

  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon

Pumpkin spice cookie cooking instructions

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To make the cookies, begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Add the sugar and the butter to a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and maple syrup and mix until incorporated. Then add the canned pumpkin and mix. 

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Add the dry ingredients to the butter, sugar, and pumpkin mixture. Mix well. 

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the cookie batter onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cookies should be light golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and cool on racks while you prepare the cream cheese frosting. 

To make the frosting, add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Then add the milk and vanilla and beat until smooth. (You can thin the frosting with additional milk if it is too thick.) Add the lemon zest and fold to combine.

Once the cookies are cool, top them with the cream cheese frosting. Garnish each cookie with a whole pecan. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.  

Taylor Swift also endorsed this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe

In addition to sharing her recipe for pumpkin spice cookies, Swift has endorsed another pumpkin-based treat. A few years ago, she shared on Tumblr that she loves George Duran’s recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. But according to PopSugar, she modifies the recipe by swapping out the milk chocolate chips for semisweet or dark chocolate chopped into chunks. 

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