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Mini Caramel Pumpkin Cookies Crumbl Copycat Recipe

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The weather has finally started cooling down after quite a warm summer in the South. The leaves are changes. The air is crisper. This only means one thing – we eat ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS. Today, I’m sharing another delicious Crumbl Copycat recipes but this one is absolutely PERFECT FOR FALL! It’s the Caramel Pumpkin Cookies.

This is a deliciously, soft pumpkin cookie topped with a creamy, caramel, cream cheese frosting. These cookies represent everything that is good about fall!

crumbl caramel pumpkin cookies

If you haven’t tried some of the other Crumbl copycat recipes, may we suggest the Pink Confetti Cake CookiesGalaxy Brownie CookiesChocolate Cake CookiesCookies and Cream Milkshake Cookies or the Churro Cookies?

WHY ARE CRUMBL COOKIES SO BIG?

Great question! It’s just kind of their “thing”. They are known for giant cookies. They are so big that they actually list their cookies as TWO servings when you are in the Crumbl store. That doesn’t mean you have to make your Crumbl cookies as big at home. We didn’t.

As we have done plenty of times before, we made MINI CRUMBL COOKIES!

This recipe makes 24 cookies because I recommend making them MUCH smaller than Crumbl would. Instead of a “shareable cookie” this is a bite-sized cookie that you won’t feel so guilty eating. Three bites and it’s gone. Have two or three, no one is judging! I would assume Crumbl using about 1/4 of a cup of cookie dough for each cookie and I suggest about 1 tablespoon in order to make them a more manageable size.

If you prefer GIANT cookies, make only 10-12 cookies with this recipe and they will be GIANT!! If you prefer smaller cookies, make 24 with the dough. So, you do you.

crumbl caramel pumpkin cookies

TO CHILL OR NOT TO CHILL?

That is the question! I’m not talking about the cookie dough because no chilling is necessary for the dough but how do you serve them? Chilled or warm? If you are eating them RIGHT AWAY – as in right after you frost them – then go ahead and eat them warm. They are delicious fresh out of the oven.

BUT these cookies are also super delicious served chilled. There is something about the frosting and super soft cookie that just works wonderfully if you eat them right out of the refrigerator.

Plus, I RECOMMEND storing these cookies in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese frosting needs to be chilled so if you don’t eat them right away, it’s time to chill them.

I have also found that all the Crumbl copycat recipes stay fresh longer if you keep them in the refrigerator. No matter what air-tight container you keep the cookies in, they don’t stay fresh as long out on the counter as they do if you put them in the fridge. So, the moral of the story is STORE THESE COOKIES IN THE FRIDGE. Sure, you can eat them cold or let them come to room temperature but you’ll thank me when you still have fresh cookies 3-4 days later.

CARAMEL PUMPKIN COOKIES INGREDIENTS

pumpkin cookie ingredients
  • Butter – salted or unsalted will work.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar – dark or light brown sugar will work
  • Egg Yolk
  • Pumpkin Puree – I use Libby’s canned pumpkin
  • Vanilla Extract – use the REAL extract and not the imitation
  • Flour – all-purpose works best
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL PUMPKIN COOKIES

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 

2. Cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.

3. Add in egg yolk, vanilla and pumpkin puree and beat until combined.

4. Add in flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Mix until all combined.

pumpkin cookies step by step

5. Scoop out dough and roll into balls. Scoop out 1-2 TBSP dough for smaller cookies (or 1/4 cup dough for BIG cookies). Place dough balls on prepared pan (12 cookies to a pan if smaller cookies) and slightly flatten with your hand to about 1/2 – 1 inch thick.

pumpkin cookies on baking sheet

6. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 12-13 minutes.

7. While cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS

Caramel frosting ingredients

BUTTER – Softened salted or unsalted butter

VANILLA EXTRACT – Go for the real vanilla extract and NOT the imitation.

POWDERED SUGAR

CARAMEL – I use this Caramel Sauce

CREAM CHEESE – Go for the full-fat cream cheese

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE – You just need this for sprinkling at the end

caramel frosting

CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING DIRECTIONS

1. In stand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese for about 2-3 minutes until smooth.

2. Add in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and caramel and mix on high for about 3 minutes until smooth.

3. Put the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip OR you can put the frosting in a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag. Use the frosting bag to pipe frosting in a spiral on top of the cooled cookies.

caramel pumpkin cookies
caramel pumpkin cookies
frosted pumpkin cookies
Stack of Pumpkin Cookies

FAQS

HOW DO I KEEP THESE COOKIES THE FRESHEST THE LONGEST?

Store the cookies in the refrigerator and you’ll have fresh cookies for 3-4 days.

CAN I DRIZZLE CARAMEL ON TOP OF THE COOKIES?

Absolutely, you can drizzle caramel on top to decorate these cookies. I recommend using “Caramel Dip” (the same dip they use for apples).

Can I successfully make bigger or smaller cookies?

Yes. 1-2 tbsp of dough makes smaller cookie and 1/4 of a cup of dough does make big cookies similar to Crumbl.

caramel pumpkin cookies

Caramel Pumpkin Cookies Crumbl Copycat Recipe

Hollie Schultz
This is a deliciously, soft pumpkin cookie topped with a creamy, caramel, cream cheese frosting. These cookies represent everything that is good about fall!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Frosting 10 mins
Total Time 34 mins
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 187 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 5 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 3 tbsp caramel
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

Cookie Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 
  • Cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.
  • Add in egg yolk, vanilla and pumpkin puree and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Mix until all combined.
  • Scoop out dough and roll into balls. Scoop out 1-2 TBSP dough for smaller cookies (or 1/4 cup dough for BIG cookies). Place dough balls on prepared pan (12 cookies to a pan if smaller cookies) and slightly flatten with your hand to about 1/2 – 1 inch thick.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you'll need to bake them for 12-13 minutes.
  • While cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

Frosting Directions

  • In stand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese for about 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and caramel and mix on high for about 3 minutes until smooth.
  • Put the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip OR you can put the frosting in a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag. Use the frosting bag to pipe frosting in a spiral on top of the cooled cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 665IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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