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Soft Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting

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!
Course Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Keyword paleo pumpkin cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 207 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

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 Facts
Soft Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie (with frosting))
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.1g23%
Saturated Fat 6.7g42%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 11.7g13%
Protein 3.9g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.