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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies topped with Buttercream Swirl Frosting are my new favorite treat to serve up every Halloween!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting stacked against a glass of milk

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to all the fun and sweet treats I can make for the holidays and really, the holidays start as soon as leaves begin to fall from the trees.

I am so excited about these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies because not only are they adorable, they are so yummy!

up close look at a Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting

They are perfect for making for Halloween parties, school parties, and even as gifts to give to neighbors and friends.

I am sure this will become one of your new favorite Halloween cookie recipes!

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How To Make Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting

Ingredients:

For The Pumpkin Sugar Cookies:

For The Buttercream Frosting:

top view of Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting on a cookie sheet

Directions:

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the Whisk attachment, add the Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and Egg, and blend until light and fluffy. 

In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Baking Powder, and stir well to blend.  Add the Flour a little at a time and mix on low to blend, until all the Flour is added.  Remove the Whisk attachment, and use the paddle.  Continue to blend the Cookie dough until it’s completely blended and a smooth ball starts to form. 

Add several drops (4 or 5 to start) of the Orange food coloring Gel, and blend into the dough.  If the color is not bright enough, add a couple more drops of the Orange Food Coloring Gel, and blend again, and continue until you get the desired color.  Scrape down the mixing bowl as needed.

Line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper, and roll the cookie dough into small balls, about 1 inch balls, and place the balls on the Parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.  About half way through baking the cookies, check the oven, and the cookies may have started to crack a little. 

Take a flat bottom glass, dip it in Sugar before lightly applying to each cookie – smash the cookies very gently, and slightly, making them a little flatter, and spread out a little more.  This will give the cookies the crinkle look. 

When the cookies are done, remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.  While cookies are cooling, make the Frosting.

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened Butter, and Cream Cheese, and blend to combine. Add the Powdered sugar a little at a time, blending after each addition, until the Frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Divide the Frosting evenly into two bowls.  Measure 2 Tablespoons of Icing out of each bowl, and add to a third bowl; this will be for the Black icing.  

Add a few drops of the Green Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend until the Frosting is bright lime green.  If the Frosting thinned a bit add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar, and stir to blend.

In the other bowl, add a few drops of the Purple Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend.  If the Frosting thinned a little, add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar, and stir well to blend.

In the third bowl, add a small amount of Black Food Coloring Gel, and stir until blended. 

Using Plastic wrap (Glad wrap) tear off a piece about 10 inches wide, and place the Frosting length-wise in the middle of the plastic wrap; it will look like a long ribbon of Frosting.  Do this for the Green, Purple, and Black Frosting, placing the Black frosting in the center.  

Then, roll the plastic wrap around the Frosting, making sure to keep it long, or length-wise like a long ribbon. 

Snip the end off of the Plastic wrap, on one end only, and place it in a Pastry bag with the large Star Tip. 

Pipe the Frosting onto the cookies, using a swirl, and bring it up to a point. 

Allow the Frosting to set or firm up a bit, about 30 minutes. 

Serve, and Enjoy!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting on a white plate
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Swirl Frosting

Yield: 40 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies topped with Buttercream Swirl Frosting are my new favorite treat to serve up every Halloween!

Ingredients

For The Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

  • 2 Sticks of Butter - softened
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • Orange Food Coloring Gel

For The Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter - softened
  • 4 ounces of Cream Cheese
  • 4 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • Lime Green Food Coloring Gel
  • Purple Food Coloring Gel
  • Black Food Coloring Gel

Instructions

For The Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

  1. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the Whisk attachment, add the Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and Egg, and blend until light and fluffy. 
  2. In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Baking Powder, and stir well to blend.  Add the Flour a little at a time and mix on low to blend, until all the Flour is added.  Remove the Whisk attachment, and use the paddle.  Continue to blend the Cookie dough until it's completely blended and a smooth ball starts to form. 
  3. Add several drops (4 or 5 to start) of the Orange food coloring Gel, and blend into the dough.  If the color is not bright enough, add a couple more drops of the Orange Food Coloring Gel, and blend again, and continue until you get the desired color.  Scrape down the mixing bowl as needed.
  4. Line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper, and roll the cookie dough into small balls, about 1 inch balls, and place the balls on the Parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.  About half way through baking the cookies, check the oven, and the cookies may have started to crack a little. 
  6. Take a flat bottom glass, dip it in Sugar before lightly applying to each cookie - smash the cookies very gently, and slightly, making them a little flatter, and spread out a little more.  This will give the cookies the crinkle look. 
  7. When the cookies are done, remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.  While cookies are cooling, make the Frosting.


For The Buttercream Frosting

  1. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened Butter, and Cream Cheese, and blend to combine. Add the Powdered sugar a little at a time, blending after each addition, until the Frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  2. Divide the Frosting evenly into two bowls.  Measure 2 Tablespoons of Icing out of each bowl, and add to a third bowl; this will be for the Black icing.  
  3. Add a few drops of the Green Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend until the Frosting is bright lime green.  If the Frosting thinned a bit add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar, and stir to blend.
  4. In the other bowl, add a few drops of the Purple Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend.  If the Frosting thinned a little, add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar, and stir well to blend.
  5. In the third bowl, add a small amount of Black Food Coloring Gel, and stir until blended. 
  6. Using Plastic wrap (Glad wrap) tear off a piece about 10 inches wide, and place the Frosting length-wise in the middle of the plastic wrap; it will look like a long ribbon of Frosting.  Do this for the Green, Purple, and Black Frosting, placing the Black frosting in the center.  
  7. Then, roll the plastic wrap around the Frosting, making sure to keep it long, or length-wise like a long ribbon. 
  8. Snip the end off of the Plastic wrap, on one end only, and place it in a Pastry bag with the large Star Tip. 
  9. Pipe the Frosting onto the cookies, using a swirl, and bring it up to a point. 
  10. Allow the Frosting to set or firm up a bit, about 30 minutes. 
  11. Serve, and Enjoy!

Notes

The black frosting will have less frosting in the bowl than the green and purple. That's okay, you only want a small streak of the black between the other two colors.

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