Pumpkin Cookies with Homemade Pumpkin Puree

pumpkin cookies

I love working with pumpkins with my kids and decorating with them, but I HATE wasting food. I don’t like buying them and not using them. We roast our pumpkins and make our own homemade puree. Then I freeze it in the freezer in 2 cup portions so it’s ready for recipes. We can use it to add nutrients and fiber to our food all year. It’s a great idea! This time we made yummy pumpkin cookies with our puree. 

First step to make pumpkin puree, cut the pumpkin in half.


Second step, scoop out all the seeds and junk in the middle.

You can wash the seeds and soak them in brine and cook them. They are delicious. You can compost the stringy goop in the center too. Click here to see how to make your own yummy pumpkin seeds.


Third step, bake the pumpkin cookies.

Set your oven to 350-400 degrees and lay the pumpkin halves on a cookie sheet cut side down. Bake them until fork tender. The time will depend on the size of the pumpkins. You can use pie pumpkins or even big jack o lantern pumpkins, but pie pumpkins have a more concentrated flavor and smoother texture. We use both. Like I said, I hate waste.


If I have a pumpkin that goes past its prime before it’s time to cook them up, I will set it out around the outside of the garden fence and let it decompose there. Sometimes animals will come and eat them. In the spring, some pumpkin plants will come up on their own. I love the idea of plants planting themselves naturally.


Fourth step, skin and process.

The skins will slide right off the pumpkin halves when they have cooled. Then throw the chunks in your blender or food processor and process until smooth. You can add a tablespoon of water if you need to loosen it up a little.


This year, when we baked our first pumpkin, we made some yummy pumpkin cookies. The kids loved them. I don’t use any cinnamon because I’m seriously allergic to it, even the smell. I personally think pumpkin flavor is good all on its own, but I’ve been allergic to cinnamon my whole life so I haven’t spent much time eating it.


Take your puree and measure out two cups and store them in a ziplock back or mason jar with plenty of headspace. Then your puree is at the ready for your recipes. Another great idea is to freeze it in ice cube trays. Once it’s frozen, pop them out and store them in an airtight container. Then you can use a cube or two or three as a hidden ingredient in many things. Soups, stews, and casseroles are a great place to boost nutrients with 3 or 4 cubes of pumpkin but will never be detected by picky eaters. Trust me, I’m a professional.

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Here’s our recipe for pumpkin cookies.

They are soft and fat and super yummy. Enjoy.

Pumpkin Cookies with Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Soft, tasty, cake like pumpkin cookies with a light glaze.
Author: Christina Kamp
  • 2 1/2 C . flour
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1 tsp . baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp . sea salt
  • 1/2 C . soft butter
  • 1 1/2 C . raw sugar
  • 1 C . homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp . vanilla
  • 2 C . powdered sugar
  • 4 T . milk
  • 1 T . melted butter
  • 1 tsp . vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and raw sugar.
  3. Add pumpkin, egg, and 2 teaspoons vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. If you want to use Gina's spices, you could add them now, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  5. Mix into wet ingredients.
  6. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  8. Cool cookies.
  9. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  10. Drizzle over cooled cookies with a fork.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Gina on AllRecipes.com

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  1. These look real yummy. We have a pumpkin we carved the other day that we intend to bake and try making our own puree. Do you ever add any other seasonings – like allspice, nutmeg, clove or ginger? I love spices, so would feel compelled to use something in place of the cinnamon.

    • I don’t, but i recommend you do. I just personally don’t like them. After a lifetime of reacting every time i taste them, they are not appealing to me. Usually they are presented with cinnamon, so i associate that flavor, ya know? But I think it’s probably just me. Other people would enjoy the other spices. 🙂 I can tell you that kids like my pumpkin stuff better without it. I don’t think kids really like those kinds of spices either. I just love the flavor of pumpkin itself. 🙂

  2. Can I pretend to be a kid again for a few days and come be part of your daycare?

  3. Kristin Cook says:

    I am so sorry you are allergic to cinnamon. I don’t even know that you would be able to walk into my house without having a reaction! I am sure you are used to it by now, but still…sorry.
    And the cookies sound yummy. I have never made my own puree before but I’d like to try now 🙂

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