I am finally getting around to giving you the recipe for the sweet little Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Cinnamon Icing I teased you with on Facebook a week ago. My intention was to post it right after we arrived in Kona, but life has been so hectic! I feel like I've been in an out of grocery stores and Target for the past week and haven't even gotten to stop and smell the salty ocean breeze.
On top of that, Asher is having a tough time adjusting to life here. He's testing me with every bed time and nap, getting out of the pack-n-play a million times, and purposefully throwing things out to make me come in. It's been such a battle every day but he's starting to get the idea that I mean business, so things are getting a little better. Oh toddlers!
It's early, and my brain isn't full functioning yet, so I won't try to write anything poetic or witty. We'll just get straight to the Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Vanilla Cinnamon Icing recipe, because that's what you all care about anyways right?
Your recipes always look amazing and this one is no exception!
Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa
Loving these cookies Danielle! They look delicious 🙂
These are beautiful! I just bought
coconut manna and am in love! I can’t wait to make these tomorrow.
Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free
These look delicious, I just pinned them! Your icing especially looks great! Thanks!
Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance
These look lovely! One of my favorite pre-SCD desserts was making soft pumpkin cookies with a cream cheese frosting. I can’t wait to try this coconut butter icing!
Boy howdy! I can taste them now. We are finally getting cooler weather in the CA. mountains. So this is a good day to crank up the ol oven and start baking. Thanks for another great cookie recipe.
what can i use instead of coconut butter and palm shortening ….don’t have either of these and can’t run out looking for it. I do have coconut oil…
These look amazing, Danielle! Great job
I can’t use almond flour or any nut product. what would I substitute? Recipe sounds great!
i am SO going to make these!
have a huge pumpkin from our garden that’s just waiting for many experiments/
This looks like a perfect autumn dessert. I can’t wait to try! My kiddos at sick with sore throats, so these cookies are going to be a treat to celebrate when they are all well.
Against All Grain
Thanks everyone! Hope you all enjoy them!
Could Coconut Manna be substituted for the coconut butter? Not sure I understand the difference? Thanks! So jealous of you living in Hawaii! If you haven’t been to Kauai, you’ll have to visit…the Na Pali coast is my favorite place on earth! (at least that I’ve seen thus far!) 🙂
Against All Grain
They’re the same thing!
These cookies look amazing! Thank you!
These are great! You must have read my mind! I’ve been making your honey biscuit recipe a lot lately and I had thought to myself that with some adjustments they could make a good cookie base, plus I have a ton of pureed pumpkin in my freezer and had been planning on making a pumpkin dessert and viola! I check your blog for an update and there are these cookies! I substituted the frosting for a maple glaze with butter, but the cookie itself was great! Good luck settling into your new home!
They look so good I want one now!! : )
Sometimes you advise using grass-fed butter in place of palm shortening. Would that work for this icing as well?
Against All Grain
I think so but it may be a little more runny. If that’s the case, just pop it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so to help thicken in up
Erin @ Texanerin Baking
Coconut butter is the same as creamed coconut?! Whaaat? I have to go back to wherever I found creamed coconut and see what’s up with that.
These look and sound amazing! Love the ingredients, as always.
What is the function of the coconut flour in this recipe? Could 100% almond flour, butter and cream be used instead?
(Anything that comes off of a palm tree gives us hives – bananas, pineapple, palm oil, all coconut products…)
Against All Grain
I use coconut flour as a binder and to make my baked goods more chewy and not so moist from the almond flour.
Welcome to the Big Island. I live on Hilo side. You will quickly miss Trader Joe’s and realize the value of Amazon free shipping to get some of your favorite ingredients to Hawaii without breaking the bank. The plus side is that the farmers markets abound with fresh local produce all year long. It is worth the trip over to the east side to visit the Hilo farmers market on Saturday and the Volcano and Pahoa Markets on Sunday, if you haven’t already. Waimea’s Saturday Market is also great- this time of year you might find some plums and peaches up there. I think your just in time for the tail end of Kona side Mango season too. Too bad the vog and humidity have been enough to make a grown-up cry let alone a toddler. Good luck with the transition!! If I can answer any questions to life on the island, let me know.
Against All Grain
Thanks Dani! Do you know if the Waimea market is happening this weekend with the iron man going on? Do they have grass-fed meats at the markets? That’s one thing I’m having trouble finding
I would imagine it would be on, but getting up there would probably be tough with the race. KTA (the supermarket) has grass-fed and finished beef. It is the Mountain Apple brand, locally raised and very affordable. It is hard to find other types of local or even not local grass-fed meat. We get lamb pretty regularly from a farm stand on the south part of the island in Kau when we are passing by, and I bought about $100 worth once from a farmer in Honoka’a. KTA also sells local pork under the mountain apple brand. The local pork is typically slop fed, but hard to say, could be wild and hunted as well. They make a decent sausage though with no gluten or additives, same brand- Mountain Apple, super ono on grain-free pizza. Fish, of course, is always abundant, as are farm fresh eggs, both at KTA or local vendors (sometimes roadside).
These look ah-mazing! Can’t wait to try them! So I started following you recently but I feel like I missed something – did you move permanently to Hawaii??? That just kind of threw me for a loop 🙂 Big move! What brought you there? I’ve only heard amazing things…wish you the best!
These are AMAZING! SO good, especially once they cool. Gave as a wedding gift (by request), and enjoyed the few stragglers left behind. Thank you!
These look amazing!! I wish we had coconut butter around here. I’ll have to order some online.
Thank you for these cookies! They look ah-mazing! I cannot wait to try them!
I was just going to make these and saw the palm shortening. I don’t have any on hand and don’t want to run all over creation to find it for 1 tablespoon. Would coconut oil (in “solid” form) work or is there a better substitute that you would suggest?
Against All Grain
Coconut oil may work in solid form or some cold butter
I made these today for a tea party playdate for my 3 yr old (we are on GAPS and the playdate friends are grain-eating vegetarians). I got some nice compliments from my friend on how moist the cookies were! I realized at the last minute that I was out of coconut manna, so instead of icing them, we made faces on top with dried currants. I would love to try them iced as well though, my husband’s favorite cookies are always iced. Thanks for another great recipe!
I just finished making these. I have to admit I was skeptical at first since I haven’t had 100% success with primal baking, but these are delicious!!! They’re a great consistency. I used pumpkin spice instead of nutmeg and cardamom. The icing went crazy on me, so I ended up adding powdered sugar :/. But it tastes great and you really don’t need it for the cookies. Thanks so much!
Anne L. L.
Just baked these cookies and ate one. Moist, flavourful, delicious! I was a cookie-aholic before giving up wheat; now I don’t have to deprive myself. I will be checking out your other recipes! Thanks Danielle.
I noticed you have 2 Tablespoons of coconut flour what can I substitute for the coconut flour.
We are not alergic to wheat products and are not Gluten Free, I just saw your recipe and it looked very good and I would like to try it.
Against All Grain
I would suggest finding a conventional recipe if you’re not gluten-free or wheat sensitive. All of the recipes on this site use almond or coconut flour.
Can regular honey be substituted for raw honey? Not sure I know the difference, thanks! 🙂
I made these this morning and they taste great! My first baked paleo recipe that was a success! (the other ones I’ve tried weren’t from your blog, don’t worry) 🙂 The only thing is, I must have not let the cookies cool long enough because the glaze didn’t dry/harden on top. It seems like it just got absorbed. Am I right that that was the problem? But either way, they taste wonderful! Can’t wait to have my family try them! Thank you so much!
Against All Grain
Yes that could be the problem. Try refrigerating them for a bit before frosting next time if they aren’t cool enough.
I just made these and while they taste wonderful, they do not seem cooked all the way through. I even left them in five minutes longer. Any thoughts? Is this how they are supposed to be? They are a little crispy on the outside and doughy in the center.
I definitely need to try these. They look so good!!!!!
I have tried these before and they were wonderful! I will definitely be trying some of the other coconut flour recipes. Your blog is wonderful, I enjoy following it and love all your posts on Facebook during your Whole30:).
I lied! I’ve also made your bread, these are very good but I LOVE the bread and totally forgot about it:(, I’ll leave my Post on this one though:)
LOVE LOVE LOVE these we love all your recipes but these are one of my favorites I am prone to toss in Chocolate chips and leave off the icing .
This is my favorite recipe and thanks for your generosity and the TT gift card giveaway! Cheers and yummy, happy 2013!!
I love this recipe idea! It is my favorite post in your coconut flour “series.” 🙂
These are awesome, with or without the icing!
We have recently changed our eating habits to more healthy and I have been on the hunt for clean cookie recipes. It’s hard to give up all the junk food, right?! I can’t wait to try this as it sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Hands down I would try this one first if I win!!!!
Love these cookies!
I enjoy feeding my son a healthy cookie! He asked me if these cookies came from Whole Foods!
Absolutely cannot wait to make these. : )
I’m wondering though… Do you think it would end terribly if I substituted the egg with 24 hour yogurt, applesauce, or a banana? Thanks, Danielle!
Against All Grain
They’re already pretty soft so I’m not sure if they’d hold up without the egg. You could use my allergy-free breakfast cookies as a guide though for egg free cookies
Love this recipe and will definitely try it some time soon! Thanks, Danielle!
Only one word for this cookie – “awesome” !!!
My husband loves anything pumpkin. Thanks for the recipe !!!
These look really good. I love using almond flour and coconut flour in my gf baking ( and a huge fan of TT)
These are sooo tasty and my familys fave! We stocked up on canned pumpkin to be able to make these whenever. Gonna go start on some right now…
These look so awesome!! Simple yet so yummy!
I made these for my kids a couple of weeks ago and they devoured them!! I enjoyed plenty myself!! I love your blog and have tried so many good recipes!
This looks good!
These look delicious! I have this recipe bookmarked, can’t wait to try it! I would love to win the gift card from TT to stock up!
These look amazing!
These look amazing! I have a bunch of pumpkin still from the holidays.
Coconut is the first non grain flour I used and I still use it a lot!
I love pumpkin anything. These are amazing! Thank you for all that you do. Your website, blog and recipes are amazing.
This is my fav recipe using Coconut Flour!!! Love these!
I love pumkin cookies. Since I have gone healthier these were a perfect option. I bring them to work with me to share. Thank you so much for taking the time to figure out healthier ways of eating that taste fantastic 🙂
These are great! I made them before Christmas and really loved them!
I love how creative you are with your recipes. You continue to motivate me! These were the best – my “normal eating” family members loved them too!
I’m an avid baker but when some of my friends went paleo I didn’t know what to do. Luckily I found your blog, these biscuits are a favourite with everyone now, I’ve been asked countless times for the recipe (I always direct people to your blog) and I’m so glad to say that everyone from the health-interested to the paleo to the gluten-intolerant, to those who just love cookies are enjoying these goodies. Thanks.
I really tried to hold off eating one of these until I frosted them, but I couldn’t resist. This might be the best pumpkin baked good I have ever had. I used a homemade xylitol syrup instead of the honey and they turned out great. I imagine they’ll be fantastic with the frosting too (if I don’t eat them all before I get to that point). Thank you!
These are amazing! I made the icing with only coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon and they still turned out perfect!
Looking to reduce the amount of maple syrup in the recipe to about 1/4 cup or less would you recommend an extra egg for moisture or something else?
Thank you these look amazing!!!!
Just made these on a rainy day in Colorado!! Delicious and great texture, it’s so hard to find good paleo cookie recipes that stay together. I added some almond butter to the icing in place of the butter/palm shortening – a good substitution!
This recipe produces a cookie that is unlike ANYTHING I’ve had in the two-plus years I’ve been eating Paleo. They’re tender, just sweet enough, perfectly spiced, and truly satisfy my seasonal pumpkin craving the way that Starbucks pumpkin scones used to. Kudos, Danielle, on another MASTERPIECE!
These are fantastic! My 4 year old twins LOVED them even before the icing was put on them. I am so thankful for a healthy cookie that I can give them. YUM! Thank you Danielle 🙂
Hello. Can these be made without the cardamom? And is there are replacement for the coconut butter in the icing? Last, but not least, how do you blanch almond flour and would it turn out okay if I don’t have a sifter? 🙂 Thanks!
These are very good! My favorite paleo cookies to date, actually. I was skeptical about there not being any fat (i.e. coconut oil or something) in the recipe, but they are just perfect.
Thank you so much Jenny!
How many cookies does this recipe make?
How best to store these delights?
You can store them in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for about 6 months!
Is it OK to sub Cashew Flour for the Almond Flour in this recipe?