Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Indulge in the ultimate fusion of pumpkin pie and creamy cheesecake with these irresistible Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies. Perfectly soft and chewy, each cookie is coated in a sweet cinnamon graham cracker crust, making them a delightful treat for any season, especially fall.


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ whole pre-baked pumpkin pie (enjoy the rest)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (for coating)
  • ½ cup crushed graham crackers
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preparing the Filling:

  1. Cream together softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Incorporate pumpkin pie filling and chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Scoop balls of the mixture onto a lined baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Making the Cookie Dough:

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: all-purpose flour, cake flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Mix granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, and brown sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla extract and eggs gradually.
  4. Blend dry ingredients into wet until fully combined. Chill dough for 30 minutes.

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Scoop dough onto lined sheets and flatten.
  3. Place cheesecake mixture on half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies.
  4. Roll in sugar, cinnamon, and graham cracker mixture.
  5. Bake for 14-16 minutes, cool on sheets.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours | Servings: 8

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Freshly Baked Enjoyment: Serve these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies warm from the oven for the ultimate indulgence. The aroma of pumpkin spice and cheesecake will entice everyone around.
  2. Accompaniments: Pair these cookies with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or even a glass of cold milk for a delightful treat.
  3. Presentation: Arrange cookies on a festive platter or in a decorative tin to showcase their enticing appearance and delicious flavors.

Storage Tips:

  1. Room Temperature: Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Ensure they are completely cooled before storing to maintain their texture.
  2. Refrigeration: For longer storage, refrigerate the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.
  3. Freezing: To freeze, arrange cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag, separating layers with parchment paper. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw cookies in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Enjoying Later:

  1. Reheating: If stored in the refrigerator or frozen, gently reheat cookies in the oven at 300°F for a few minutes to restore their warmth and freshness.
  2. Gift Giving: Share these delightful cookies with friends and family by packaging them in decorative bags or boxes. They make a wonderful homemade gift for holidays or special occasions.

These tips will help ensure that your Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies are enjoyed at their best, whether immediately after baking or saved for later indulgence!


  1. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • Fold in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the cookie dough before chilling. The combination of pumpkin, cheesecake, and chocolate creates a decadent treat.
  2. Nutty Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the cookie dough for a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. Roll the cookies in a mixture of chopped nuts and sugar instead of graham crackers for added crunch.
  3. Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • After baking, drizzle cookies with a maple glaze made from powdered sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of milk. The maple flavor complements the pumpkin and cheesecake filling beautifully.
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies:
    • Replace some of the granulated sugar in the cookie dough with brown sugar and add 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder along with the pumpkin pie spice. This creates a cookie with the flavors of a pumpkin spice latte.
  5. Cream Cheese Frosting Filled Cookies:
    • Instead of placing the cheesecake mixture inside the cookies, bake the pumpkin cookies without filling. Once cooled, spread a layer of sweetened cream cheese frosting between two cookies to create a sandwich cookie.
  6. Oatmeal Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • Substitute 1/2 cup of quick oats for 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour in the cookie dough. The oats add a hearty texture and nutty flavor that complements the pumpkin and cheesecake filling.
  7. Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies:
    • Mix in 1 cup of pumpkin spice-flavored M&M candies into the cookie dough for bursts of autumnal color and flavor.
  8. Coconut Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • Add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to the cookie dough for a tropical twist that complements the pumpkin and cheesecake flavors.
  9. Caramel Swirl Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • Drizzle caramel sauce over the cheesecake filling before sandwiching the cookies together. The caramel adds a rich, sweet contrast to the pumpkin and cheesecake.
  10. Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:
    • Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans into the cookie dough for a nutty crunch that pairs well with the creamy cheesecake filling.

These variations provide creative ways to customize your Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies to suit different tastes and occasions. Enjoy experimenting with these ideas and discovering your favorite version!

FAQs :

  1. Can I use canned pumpkin instead of pumpkin puree?
    • Yes, canned pumpkin can be substituted for pumpkin puree in this recipe. Just ensure it’s plain pumpkin puree without added spices or sugar.
  2. Can I freeze the cookie dough?
    • Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough. Scoop the dough into balls and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking.
  3. How do I prevent the cookies from spreading too much?
    • Chilling the cookie dough helps prevent spreading. Ensure the dough is well-chilled before baking to maintain the shape of the cookies.
  4. Can I substitute cream cheese with another ingredient?
    • For the cheesecake filling, cream cheese provides the best flavor and texture. Substituting it with other ingredients may alter the taste and consistency of the cookies.
  5. What can I use instead of graham crackers for coating?
    • Crushed digestive biscuits or gingersnap cookies can be used instead of graham crackers for a different flavor profile.
  6. How long do these cookies stay fresh?
    • Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, these cookies stay fresh for up to 3 days. Refrigerated, they can last up to 1 week.
  7. Can I add additional spices to the cookie dough?
    • Yes, feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste preferences. Add more cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves for a spicier cookie.
  8. Can I make these cookies smaller or larger?
    • Yes, you can adjust the size of the cookies by using a smaller or larger cookie scoop. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
  9. How can I ensure the cheesecake filling stays creamy inside the cookies?
    • Ensure the cheesecake filling is well-chilled before scooping into the cookie dough. Handle the filled cookies gently to maintain the integrity of the filling.
  10. Can I make these cookies ahead of time for an event?
    • Yes, you can bake these cookies ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container and they will stay fresh. You can also freeze them and thaw before serving.

These FAQs address common queries and provide helpful tips for making and storing your Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies. Adjust them as needed to fit your specific recipe and audience!

Enjoy the warmth of fall with these Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies, combining the best flavors in each delicious bite. Whether for a cozy night in or a festive gathering, these cookies are sure to be a hit. Try them today and savor the taste of the season!