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Healthy Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting

Healthy soft pumpkin cookies with an addicting salted maple frosting! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are both gluten free and grain free and taste like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

MEET THE HEALTHY & SOFT PUMPKIN COOKIES that convince people to fall in love with pumpkin.

Here’s the deal, Tony told me he didn’t like pumpkin. I was like WHO ARE YOU? Then I made these soft pumpkin cookies covered in a light salted maple frosting and he basically ate the entire batch over two days. That’s when you know they’re really, really good.

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Honestly, I’m obsessed too. I couldn’t stop myself from sneaking bites here and there throughout the day.

They’re pillowy, soft pumpkin cookies that taste like a cross between pumpkin pie and a soft pumpkin lofthouse style cookie, which is perfect because that was basically my inspiration for this recipe.

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Healthy pumpkin cookie ingredients

Guess what? These pumpkin cookies are pretty dang healthy too! They’re made with simple ingredients like almond flour, a little coconut flour, coconut sugar (or regular sugar), maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin spices, baking soda and salt. EASY!

The cookies themselves are paleo and dairy free without the frosting, but honestly, what’s a pumpkin cookie without a little creamy frosting on top?! Not as good if you ask me.

The salted maple frosting involves just a few ingredients (maple syrup, butter, almond milk and powdered sugar) and is quite frankly, a little too addicting. At first it will seem a little thin, but after sitting for 5 minutes, it gets nice and thick for spreading. I personally love the frosting because it’s light, yet both sweet and a tiny bit salty, just the way most things in life should be. Pretty sure I want to frost my favorite carrot cake muffins with it too!

HUGE NOTE: Please don’t try to substitute ingredients unless I indicate otherwise. I’ve only tested the recipe as written!

These healthy soft pumpkin cookies with an addicting salted maple frosting are absolutely delicious! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are both gluten free and grain free and taste like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie!

I highly suggest baking yourself a batch of these healthy pumpkin cookies and frosting them up ASAP. They really soft, but get even softer as the days go on. Everyone is gonna go CRAZY for these bad boys.

My advice? Make them for thanksgiving or an upcoming football party and get ready for all the compliments. Or you can just be like me and bake a batch all to yourself. xo!

These healthy soft pumpkin cookies with an addicting salted maple frosting are absolutely delicious! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are both gluten free and grain free and taste like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie!

Other healthy pumpkin recipes you might like:

Healthy Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze

Best Ever Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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See how to make these healthy pumpkin cookies:

I hope you enjoy these healthy soft pumpkin cookies. If you make them, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe — I really appreciate it! xo.

Soft Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting

4.95 from 18 votes
Course Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Keyword paleo pumpkin cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 12
These healthy soft pumpkin cookies with an addicting salted maple frosting are absolutely delicious! These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are both gluten free and grain free and taste like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie!

Ingredients

  • For the cookie dough:
  • 1/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil (or sub melted butter)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (regular sugar or coconut sugar will also work!)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fine almond flour (do not use almond meal)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice or cloves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional if not using frosting: Roll dough in cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup sugar + 2 teaspoons cinnamon)
  • For the Salted Maple Frosting:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk, plus 1-2 teaspoons more to thin if necessary
  • Pinch of sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, add the coconut oil, pumpkin puree, sugar, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined and smooth. Next add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Process until a dough forms. Allow dough to sit for 5 minutes.

  3. Next use your hands to roll dough into golf sized balls. Roll in cinnamon-sugar if you'd like. Place on prepared cookie sheet then flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand, but still keep the cookies nice and round. They should be about 1/4 inch thick before baking because we still want them to be nice, thick and fluffy. Bake for 8-11 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely before frosting. Makes about 12 cookies.

  5. For the frosting: In a medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, pure maple syrup, melted butter and almond milk. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. If frosting is too thick, you can add a teaspoon or two more milk to make it spreadable. Frost each cookie then enjoy! Sprinkle top of frosting with a little cinnamon for a gorgeous look. Cookies will get softer each day. Cookies can be stored in a container at room temp for a few days, then I recommend storing them in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition for 1 cookie without frosting: 159 calories | 12.3g fat | 4.9 sat fat | 10.2g carbs | 2.6g fiber | 5.9g sugar | 3.9g protein

Nutrition
Servings: 12 cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie (with frosting)
Calories: 207kcal
Fat: 15.1g
Saturated fat: 6.7g
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 2.6g
Sugar: 11.7g
Protein: 3.9g

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