Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies (Dairy Free)

by livingfreelygf

My favorite time of year is here and I get to make delicious pumpkin recipes for everyone! Yay! My first brand new pumpkin recipe for the blog this season is gluten free pumpkin cookies. These simple gluten free pumpkin cookies are also dairy free and smothered in a maple cream cheese frosting. I love how fluffy and delicious they are. Save this one to your fall gf cookies recipes.

Pumpkin spice is one of my favorite flavors. I love the smell it brings into the house when I am baking and my entire family loves it, even the kids. Fall is always late here in California with summer lingering into November usually, but I have been baking anyways and dreaming about cloudy days and not sweating anymore.

GF Cookies Recipes

cookies on the table one with a bite taken out

This summer has been crazy with us getting our house packed up and on the market, we are still trying to figure out where we will move next. We know what we want to do, but things aren’t working in that direction just yet. So, for now I will continue to distract myself with delicious pumpkin recipes!

I have a ton of pumpkin recipes already on the blog. Some of my most popular recipes are Gluten Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple GlazePaleo Vegan Pumpkin Spice LattePumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze (GF/DF), and Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Glaze- Gluten Free, Dairy Free.

I don’t know about you, but this time of the year I go crazy with pumpkin recipes until Thanksgiving and then the Christmas recipes will start. What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin?

What ingredients will I need for these simple gluten free pumpkin cookies?

cookies on the table

First, I want to talk about gluten free all purpose flour. This is what can cause a lot of recipes to not turn out by either being too dense, not the right texture, etc. Every single store bought flour is totally different. They use different types of gluten free flour such as rice flour, starches, bean flour, nut flours and all of these produce different results. I personally only use  My Personal Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend and I recommend you use this as well. It is incredibly easy and affordable to make. You will not regret making it and you will use it time and time again.

  • Vegan Butter (regular butter works great too if you are not dairy free)
  • Egg
  • Granulated & Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Pureed Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Xanthan Gum, or Guar Gum
  • My Personal Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend
  • Frosting
  • Vegan Cream Cheese & Butter (Again you can use regular dairy too)
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Milk

How do I make these Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies?

Holding a cookie with a bite taken out

First I want to say that the frosting is optional. The cookies were very good tasting alone, but the maple cream cheese frosting brought another level of texture, flavor, and comfort to these simple gluten free pumpkin cookies.

Start by combining the butter, egg, vanilla, sugars, and vanilla in a stand mixer. Cream them together on low for 30 seconds.

Increase the speed to medium and blend for 1 minute.

Add the salt, pumpkin pie spice, pureed pumpkin, baking soda, and xanthan gum. Blend on medium/low for 30 seconds.

Turn the mixer off, add the flour and blend on low for 15 seconds, scrape the sides and then blend on medium for about 1 minute.

Chill the dough for 20 minutes. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop the cookie dough onto it with a cookie dough scooper spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool and then make the frosting by adding the cream cheese and butter to a stand mixer for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and then add the powdered sugar, maple extract, cinnamon, and coconut milk. Blend on medium speed for 1 minute scraping the sides halfway through. Once the cookies are cool, frost and serve. Store in the fridge. Enjoy!

Jennifer

 

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies (Dairy Free)

These simple gluten free pumpkin cookies are dairy free too with maple cream cheese frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gf cookies recipes, gluten free pumpkin cookies, simple gluten free pumpkin cookies
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients

Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Start by combining the butter, egg, vanilla, and sugars in a stand mixer. Cream them together on low for 30 seconds.

  2. Increase the speed to medium and blend for 1 minute.
  3. Add the salt, pumpkin pie spice, pureed pumpkin, baking soda, and xanthan gum. Blend on medium/low for 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the mixer off, add the flour and blend on low for 15 seconds, scrape the sides and then blend on medium for about 1 minute.
  5. Chill the dough for 20 minutes. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop the cookie dough onto it with a cookie dough scooper spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes.

  6. Allow the cookies to cool and then make the frosting by adding the cream cheese and butter to a stand mixer for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and then add the powdered sugar, maple extract, cinnamon and coconut milk. Blend on medium speed for 1 minute scraping the sides halfway through. Once the cookies are cool frost and serve. Store in the fridge. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies (Dairy Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2048IU41%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments

Natalie September 27, 2019 - 2:55 pm

5 stars
Everything you make is so delicious! I’m a huge pumpkin fan , these look sooo moist, and fluffy.. yum! I’m excited to try.
Ps: I love that you make your own flour. It really is true how brand flours are just too dense. I’ve struggles with that.

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livingfreelygf September 29, 2019 - 2:18 pm

Thank you so much Natalie! You are so sweet and I appreciate the love! 🙂

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Becca Kreis September 29, 2019 - 8:54 pm

5 stars
These are amazing. Sooo good just like everything else you make! Thank you for all your amazing recipes it has changed our household and we love food again!!

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livingfreelygf September 30, 2019 - 6:07 pm

Thank you so much Becca! I am so excited that you tried them and love them. Thank you for the support and I am so happy that I am able to help! 🙂

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