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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies – These cookies are the perfect fall dessert! Sugar cookies with pumpkin in them, covered in sugar, and then baked!
I can’t believe I hadn’t baked a single pumpkin dessert yet this year! It’s one of my favorite flavors but I just hadn’t cracked open a can of pumpkin puree yet this year until I made these cookies. these pumpkin sugar cookies were well worth the wait and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you today!
This is such an easy recipe to make and they taste amazing! All you need are a few simple ingredients and less than an hour to make the recipe start to finish. These cookies could be made for Thanksgiving, fall parties, or even as an afternoon snack!
The cool thing about this cookie recipe is that they can be made ahead of time and vacuum sealed using a FoodSaver®. I absolutely love mine so far and it’s such an awesome way to keep foods fresh 5x longer than ordinary storage methods. It also helps save me time and money by marinating food in minutes and I can buy in bulk or when products are on sale and just seal them up for later. It’s great for preventing waste and helping me with all of my meal prepping. FoodSaver® is the number 1 Vacuum Sealing solution in the US!
To get my FoodSaver® I popped over to Costco. I grabbed the FoodSaver® FM3941 Vacuum Sealing System along with the FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack from the kitchen department. During the month of November, the FoodSaver® FM3941 Vacuum Sealing System will be $40 OFF and the FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack will be $10 OFF for Costco members so it would be a great time to pick one up for yourself (or as a gift!).
The FoodSaver® FM3941 Vacuum Sealing System has built-in features to easily preserve food in the freezer or refrigerator plus making and cutting bags is easy with dedicated roll storage and a built-in cutter. The FoodSaver® FM3941 includes vacuum seal bags, vacuum zipper bags and containers designed to work together with vacuum sealers for optimal performance. By taking all of the air out, you can ensure your meat will be cooked evenly throughout.
FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack has multi-layer, BPA-free vacuum-seal bags that are flexible enough to hug food and seal effectively without gaps. They are best for long-term freezer storage, blocking out air and helping to prevent freezer burns.
One of the cool things about the FoodSaver® is that there are so many possibilities for what you can do with it. For this recipe, you can make the cookie dough ahead of time, vacuum seal it, and freeze it for later or you can vacuum seal the cookies for later. I chose to do the later option because I wanted to bring them in for some friends I was planning on meeting up with early in the morning in about a week but I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to make cookies closer to the date. It was really nice to have everything done ahead of time and to be able to give them cookies that still tasted fresh days later.
There are two different options for how you seal up something like cookies, either you can use the main vacuum sealer or you can use the retractable handheld sealer accessory. I tried both to see which method worked better for me and I was equally happy with both of the options.
The picture above shows a bag that has been inserted into the sealer and it is just about to run. To do so, it’s really simple. You just turn the latch on the side to “open”, place the open edge of the bag into the vacuum channel, close lid, turn latch to “on”, and press “vac/seal” button. Then you wait for the light to turn off to indicate it is done, turn latch to “open”, and grab the bag. The instructions the FoodSaver® FM3941 came with were very helpful with a variety of options so that you can seal different things.
The retractable handheld sealer was another neat option. Some bags that work with it came with the FoodSaver® FM3941 and so I gave it a try. In this case, turn the latch to “on”, place the sealer over the valve, and press “accessory” button to vacuum. Easy peasy, yeah?
Below you can see the bags that were vacuum sealed by both of the different methods.
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- Pinch of salt
- Extra sugar, to roll cookies in
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
- Add in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Beat until just combined.
- Place cookie dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
- Remove cookie dough from refrigerator and roll the dough into 1 inch balls of cookie dough and then roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet with at least 1-2 inches of space between cookies and lightly press down on each cookie. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
FoodSaver Instructions (optional)
- Option 1: Place completely cooled cookies in FoodSaver® bag and vacuum seal using the FoodSaver® FM3941 . Place in freezer and transfer to refrigerator to defrost them.
- Option 2: Place uncooked cookie dough in FoodSaver® bag and vacuum seal using the FoodSaver® FM3941. Place in freezer and transfer to refrigerator to defrost. Once thawed, continue with the recipe and bake the cookies.