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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Chewy (not-cakey!) pumpkin cookies, loaded with spice, flavored with coffee, and drizzled with a coffee glaze! Your absolute favorite fall beverage in cookie form!
Course Cookies
Prep Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl


For pumpkin spice latte cookies:

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter melted, slightly cooled
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 c. canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules I love Starbucks Via
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. clove
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. cinnamon chips
  • 1/2 c. sugar optional sugar coating - SEE NOTES.

For coffee glaze:

  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • 2 c. powdered sugar


For pumpkin spice latte cookies:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, vanilla, pumpkin, and instant coffee granules.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, clove, baking soda, and flour.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir until just combined.

  4. Fold in cinnamon chips.

  5. Chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours, until firm, and preferably overnight. Do not skip this.

  6. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  7. Scoop the dough by tablespoonfuls, and shape into balls.

  8. To make the cookies fatter and taller, rather than thin and flat, shape the balls into more of a tall cylindrical shape.
  9. If you want the sugar coating, roll each dough ball in sugar before baking. (optional)
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden, and the centers appear set. If you tap the top of the cookie, it should only slightly depress. You want to underbake these slightly so that they remain chewy in the center.

  11. Remove from heat, and allow to cool on cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. They will continue to cook a bit on the sheets.

  12. If desired, you can press additional cinnamon chips into the tops of the cookies while they're still warm to give them a nice bakery appearance.

  13. Once cool, drizzle with coffee glaze.

For coffee glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine coffee granules and hot water.
  2. Add 2 c. powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. If needed, add more water or powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency. It shouldn't be runny, but you should be able to drizzle it with a spoon.
  3. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies, and allow to set for 15-20 minutes. DEVOUR.

Recipe Notes

I made several batches of these cookies, and I accidentally rolled the dough balls into granulated sugar for one of the batches (I had ginger cookies on the brain). They're not supposed to have that, but it was very well-liked by my taste-testers, and if you prefer a cookie with a little crunchy sugar coating, then it's optional to roll the dough balls in sugar before baking. Those cookies are not pictured though.
You can sub 1 shot espresso for the coffee granules and hot water in the glaze. Just add powdered sugar straight to espresso til you reach the desired consistency.