Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting

Pumpkin, Maple, Salted — three of my favorite food words! I tried this recipe by https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-soft-pumpkin-cookies/ and they did not disappoint! Although you can roll the dough balls in cinnamon sugar prior to baking, as opposed to slathering on the salted maple frosting afterwards, why? Once you go frosted, you’ll never go back. For the recipe, copy and paste the above search link to the ambitious kitchen website. There’s a nice, printable recipe there. Or if you want to avoid all the annoying pop up ads, I’ve copied the recipe here.

(I sprinkled a cinnamon/sugar blend on top of the frosting for the photo but they certainly need no added sugar!) (Oh, and there were no cookies leftover so if you’re baking for a crowd, maybe double the recipe?)

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season!

Soft Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting

Healthy soft pumpkin cookies with an addicting salted maple frosting! These melt-in-your-mouth gluten free pumpkin cookies are grain free, easily dairy free and taste like a slice of your favorite pumpkin pie.Course Cookies, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, PaleoCuisine AmericanKeyword gluten free pumpkin cookies, healthy pumpkin cookies, paleo pumpkin cookies, soft pumpkin cookiesPrep Time 10 minutesCook Time 10 minutesTotal Time 20 minutesServings 12 cookiesCalories 207 kcalAuthor Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 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


  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 proteinNutrition FactsSoft Paleo Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple FrostingAmount Per Serving (1 cookie (with frosting))Calories 207Calories 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.

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