Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Moving into a new house demands answers to serious questions: Which is the higher priority, the grill or the lawnmower? How much closet space can I claim before my husband retaliates? Where, precisely, should I place the cookie jar?

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese FrostingThe first two items are still under negotiation in our new home, but with treats like Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies up for munching, I have the answer to the third: set the cookie jar as far, far away from yourself as possible. Hide it and try to forget where it is. Better yet, ask your spouse to hide it and not reveal the location, no matter how pathetically you beg or sincerely you threaten to cut holes in his prized Superman T-shirt if he doesn’t hand it over righthissecond. These pillowy, buttery, and cinnamon-cream-cheese-topped cookies do not elicit moderation.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. All of the flavor of your favorite fall latte in cookie form!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte CookiesWhere homemade cookies are concerned, I tend to lack a little something the disciplined recognize as self-control.  Add pumpkin spice and cream cheese frosting to the equation, and I might as well disappear into a quite place with a giant plate of Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies and my dignity.

This addictive recipe was inspired by a certain fall beverage of the same name. It may be cliché, and I try to limit myself to a few each fall, but the pumpkin spice latte is one of my forever guilty pleasures (#PSL!). I loaded its warm flavor into these mega moist, fall-spiced, delicate pumpkin cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Latte CookiesAs a nod to the whipped cream on top of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, I smeared these tender espresso pumpkin cookies with a ridiculously tasty layer of cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Your cookie deserves this frosting, just as your latte deserves the whipped cream—which the barista always asks me if I want after I order my latte with skim milk. The entire point of the skim milk is the whipped cream. Agree?

And if we make a healthier cookie, we can add extra cinnamon cream cheese frosting, agree? Agree. I knew I liked you.

A self-professed dessert addict, I’ve been on a lightened-up fall-treat kick (reference Caramel Apple Crisp Bars; Vegan Caramel Sauce), and no self-respecting fall dessert line-up would be complete without pumpkin. This Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie recipe is a bit healthier thanks to whole wheat flour, super moist and vitamin-packed pumpkin puree, and an all-natural, calorie-free sweeter called Monk Fruit In The Raw.  Originally harvested by (you guessed it) monks in the 13th century, monk fruit tastes similar to sugar and is a natural way to reduce sugar intake without giving up sweets.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Cinnamon Cream cheese Frosting-made with Monk Fruit

I made a few batches of Pumpkin Spice Latte cookies and found that using half Monk Fruit In The Raw/half regular white and brown sugar was the best ratio. I brought the final batch to a family party, and they vanished. No one guessed that I made the cookies healthier. Secret self high-five.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Cinnamon Crream CheeseMy next batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies will be going right into my cookie jar, which, in the end, I decided to place prominently on my kitchen counter where it rightfully belongs.

Now, if only I could reach this kind of consensus with the closet.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

A healthy pumpkin cookie recipe with the flavor of everyone's favorite fall latte!

Yield: 28 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Cookies

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw (or substitute 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1/4 cup light brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Make the cookies: Place rack in center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet parchment paper or a silpat mat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, Monk Fruit In The Raw, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients, then mix on low speed until incorporated.
  4. Drop dough by large, rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly with your fingers. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned at the edges and dry to the touch. Let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Prepare the frosting: Beat together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter on medium low. Beat in the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Spread over cooled cookies and serve.

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I’m also sharing this recipe as a part of the Kitchen Daily Dessert Do Overs Round Up, where you can find even more healthy recipe ideas.

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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

53 comments

  1. That frosting! Swoon…I’ve never tried Monk Fruit in the Raw, but I’ll have to. I had no idea what it was until now. Perfect reason to try it.

  2. You should market these to Starbucks! You’d be rich!
    They are seriously a fabulous idea. They look so great with that swirl of frosting on the top!

  3. I just read an article about how Starbucks baristas do not assume when someone orders skinny that they want the entire drink to be skinny sans whip. hehe

  4. where would I buy this Monk Fruit in the Raw? Have never heard of it. Could just regular sugar in the same ratio be substituted? Cookies look delish!

    • Hi Colleen! It’s available at many grocery stores (or online here). Otherwise, I think it would work just fine to use the same amount of regular sugar in the same ratio as the rest of the cookies: half brown and half white. I haven’t tried it this way, but I see no reason why they wouldn’t turn out deliciously!

  5. These just caught my eye on Pinterest, Erin and I had to say…BRAVO! What a great cookie! :)

  6. Oh, how I wish I had a few of these yummy looking cookies in my cookie jar! They are gorgeous!!

  7. Haha, I love the way you think about priorities, friend! I probably would be the exact same ;) especially if these cookies are the ones going in the jar! Although, they might not even make it IN the jar – they look too good to be put away :)

  8. Self discipline would not exist next to these cookies!

  9. Oh girl, you take ALL the closet space. You can appease him with cookies!!

  10. Any cookie with cream cheese frosting would be very hard to say no to! And since it’s based on PSL, that means I can totally have it for breakfast right?

  11. Erin, haha love it.. I took over 90% of the closet and my husband proceeded to move his clothes to the closet in his study! what can I say . . it just happened. Looks like you had a fabulous time in Chicago. . so fun. . and oh my gawd, you and your sister could be identical twins! love these cookies!! Cinnamon cream cheese frosting?! love!!

  12. Obsessed. I’ve got a PSL recipe coming at the end of the week and this is getting me all sorts of excited to drink more and more!

  13. These cookies look fantastic Erin and I love that they are healthy! That way I can have two ;) And that cinnamon cream cheese frosting – freakin’ fantastic! Pinned!

  14. I’m with you, girl! I’m lose ALL self control when it comes to the cookie jar … which means I do not have one! Ugh, the agony! These cookies though. I love the “latte” you’ve got going on. Clever clever. ;) Pinned!

  15. These look like soft pillows of yumm .. that I just want to get lost in!! They sound outrageously delicious — and I can’t get enough pumpkin spice latte in my life!!

  16. I’ve yet to cave and buy the pumpkin spice latter, BUT I almost did yesterday, and I definitely caved at the bagel shop and ordered by bagel with pumpkin smear. No regrets. I might as well go all in now, because these little goodies sounds fabulous!

  17. I have admittedly had a few pumpkin spice lattes already, and these cookies are calling my name! That frosting looks amazing, I don’t know if I’d have the willpower to actually get it onto the cookies (and not eat it right out of the bowl).

  18. These look really good Erin, love the frosting, I could eat that by itself.

  19. Not sure I would hide the cookie jar if I had cookies like this in it. Unless I was hiding it from everyone else. These look amazing. In my opinion you can NEVER have too many pumpkin recipes. YUM.

  20. So I’ve never been a huge PSL girl (salted caramel hot chocolate all the way), but I can totally get on board with the combo in cookie form! These look amazing!

  21. You are a freakin’ genius – turning pumpkin spice latte into cookies!! Having that warm drink in one hand and one of your cookies in the other is going to be my new guilty pleasure ;)

  22. True story: I have already had two pumpkin lattes in the last two weeks AND I just bought a pumpkin spice chai mix from the grocery store. I can’t stop myself. Just as I can’t stop myself from drooling all over the photos of these cookies.

  23. Ooooh…I don’t know if these would even make it to a cookie jar in my house. YUM!

  24. Good idea – inspired by a PSL, but this has real pumpkin and is at least a little bit (a lot?) healthier :)

  25. …so I can eat these for breakfast, right? So good – love these, Erin!

  26. These cookies look so good!

  27. Wait, some people have self control? Who are those people? Clearly they’ve never been around cookies such as these!

  28. These look delicious!! Can’t wait to give them a try :)

  29. Oh man these cookies look fantastic Erin! Pinning :) And I’d def go for the grill over the lawnmower… mowing is overrated anyway hahaha

  30. I don’t think I would have any self control whatsoever around these cookies! I can almost taste them just looking at your pictures and now my mouth is watering! That is awesome that you guys finally found a home! Congratulations!!

  31. Oh my gosh, I am obsessed with PSL and would not be able to resist these cookies! They look amazing and I love that you made my favorite coffee drink into cookie form – such a brilliant idea lady :)

  32. i always get skim milk in my lattes with whip, and they always ask me every single time. :) great cookies!

  33. Wish my screen was scratch and sniff so much right now. Cream cheese frosting on a cookie…. Heck yeah! I want in my belly now. YARM!!!

  34. Is the whole wheat flour essential? Dont have any in the house and have to say I dont have access to the monk fruit sweetener either – I know you are supporting it but is there a sub? Love your work!!!!

    • Hi Barbara! If you no do not have whole wheat flour on hand, you can substitute the same amount of all-purpose flour. For the monk fruit, swap regular brown and granulated sugar (1/4 cup of each). I hope you love these cookies, and thank you so much for your kind words about my blog too! :)

  35. any idea if I could use Agave instead of Monk fruit…I live in India and it wouldn’t be available…can’t wait to try these though…or maybe honey???

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