sugar free pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon.

Soft, Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin season AKA PSL season keeps getting longer and longer every year, and we made delicious soft sugar free pumpkin spice cookies with homemade sugar free cream cheese frosting. 

It’s like a pumpkin spice latte drink into a cookie version.

Our soft pumpkin cookies are a small cross between pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, and a pumpkin whoopie pie with our sugar free cream cheese frosting addition on top.  

We’ve been cooking and baking with Purecane for years. It is a zero calorie sweetener derived from fermented sugar cane. 

sugar free pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese frosting.

We love transforming traditional dessert favorites like our fall sugar free apple pie, and sugar free banana bread

Purecane is a super versatile sweetener. They offer a substitute for white baking sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar.

This sugar replacement has zero calories, zero net carbs and is 100% natural and sustainable.

Flour for pumpkin spice cookies.

What Kind of Flour Should I Use for Pumpkin Spice cookies?

For this recipe, we used traditional all-purpose flour for our cookies.  

If you’re trying to make gluten-free pumpkin cookies you can test them out with almond flour, oat flour, or coconut flour. 

Using these flours you can also make them into true keto pumpkin spice cookies.

Patting out excess moisture from pumpkin puree.

Should you use Homemade Pumpkin Puree or Canned Pumpkin in your Cookies?

You can totally make your own pumpkin puree with fresh pumpkin, but we always opt for the easier delicious canned pumpkin.  

There are a bunch of canned pumpkin brands, but we’ve found the best results from the classic Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin.  

Pumpkin puree for pumpkin spice cookies.

When using canned pumpkin, we like to pat out some of the excess moisture with a paper towel when making cookies.

No matter what, pumpkin lovers will love it and it’s packed with great pumpkin flavor.

sugar free pumpkin spice cookie dough.

How to Store Pumpkin Spice Cookies

It’s always a good idea to store cookies in an airtight container.  

This can be simple tupperware, but if you don’t have that you can also use zip-lock bags or plastic wrap over a plate.  

Although you’re going to eat through these cookies quickly, in an airtight container your cookies should last around 4 days at room temperature without the frosting on it.  

With the frosting on it, we recommend storing the frosting in the fridge and adding the frosting before serving.

Freezing leftover pumpkin spice cookie dough.

Can you Freeze your Leftover Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough?

Although pumpkin spice season only lasts for a short season, you can actually freeze left-over cookie dough.  

To do this form the cookie dough into pressed balls, similar to if you baked them right away. Then, place them in freezer ready zip-lock bags.  

Your frozen cookie dough will last up to 3 months for peak freshness.  

When baking frozen cookie dough, plan on adding on additional 2+ minutes, but they should bake similar to a proper refrigerated cookie dough.  

sugar free pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon.

Other Ingredients you can Add to our Pumpkin Spice Cookies:

  • Chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (we prefer chunks from a bar).
  • Quick oats to make pumpkin oatmeal cookies.
  • Nuts like chopped walnuts and pecans.
sugar free pumpkin spice cookie recipe with brown sweetener.

What Kitchen Items and Utensils are Needed to Make Pumpkin Spice Cookies?

When baking we always go through our fair share of kitchen items.  

To prepare your station ahead of time you should have the following:

sugar free pumpkin spice cookies.

Sugar Free Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe 

Prep time: 70 Minutes

Cook time: 14 Minutes 

Additional time: 15 Minutes 

Makes: 24 cookies 

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter. Softened at room temp 
  • 1 cup Purecane brown sweetener
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree – moisture removed 
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin powder or beef gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt 

Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. First, start by measuring your pumpkin and remove excess moisture from the pumpkin by patting with a paper towel, 5-6 times.  This is a key step to make sure your cookies turn out with the correct amount of moisture.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the Purecane brown sweetener with the butter.
  3. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, mix the flour with the gelatin powder, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the canned pumpkin and vanilla to the mixer with creamed butter and sugar. Mix for one minute.
  5. Next, add in the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix for 2 minutes.  We slowly incorporate the dry ingredients about a quarter of the bowl at a time. 
  6. Chill your cookie dough for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Then, use a cookie scoop to make balls, place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a measuring cup.
  9. Finally, bake the cookies for 13-14 minutes, then let cool for the cookies to fully set.
  10. For the cream cheese frosting, cream together the butter and light cream cheese. Add the vanilla and a dash of salt.
  11. Add the confectioners sugar. Turn the mixer on low, then bring up to medium speed for 1 minute until well combined, smooth and fluffy 
  12. Frost your cooled cookies with the cream cheese frosting, and dust with ground cinnamon. 
sugar free pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 Cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

These Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Cookies are soft and topped with cream cheese frosting, giving you all the fall flavors with no added sugar!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter. Softened at room temp
  • 1 cup Purecane brown sweetener
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree - moisture removed
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin powder or beef gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 8 oz. Package of light cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Purecane confectioners sweetener
  • Dash of salt

Instructions

  1. First, start by measuring your pumpkin and remove excess moisture from the pumpkin by patting with a paper towel, 5-6 times.  This is a key step to make sure your cookies turn out with the correct amount of moisture.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the Purecane brown sweetener with the butter.
  3. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, mix the flour with the gelatin powder, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the canned pumpkin and vanilla to the mixer with creamed butter and sugar. Mix for one minute.
  5. Add in the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix for 2 minutes.  We slowly incorporate the dry ingredients about a quarter of the bowl at a time. 
  6. Chill your cookie dough for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Then, use a cookie scoop to make balls, place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a measuring cup.
  9. Bake the cookies for 13-14 minutes, then let cool for the cookies to fully set.
  10. For the cream cheese frosting, cream together the butter and light cream cheese. Add the vanilla and a dash of salt.
  11. Add the confectioners sugar. Turn the mixer on low, then bring up to medium speed for 1 minute until well combined, smooth and fluffy 
  12. Frost your cooled cookies with the cream cheese frosting, and dust with ground cinnamon. 

Notes

This recipe does not have any added sugar, note that pumpkin has natural sugars.

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We love the fresh smell of cookies baking in the oven, and our sugar free pumpkin spice cookies will put the smell of sugar, spice, and fall throughout your house. 

These cookies will be a new favorite at any family or friend gathering throughout the entire PSL season.  

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