Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies With Cinnamon Glaze

Pumpkin cookies

Shannon Miller/Getty Images

Prep: 8 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 36 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
96 Calories
4g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 96
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These cinnamon-glazed pumpkin cookies are soft, spiced treats perfect for fall. Enjoy this gluten-free cookie with a mid-day cup of tea or pack them in lunch bags for an autumn treat.


  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan gum (if you're using a mix that contains xanthan or guar gum, skip this ingredient)
  • 1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).

  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone pads, or lightly grease.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl combine gluten-free flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and guar or xanthan gum (if your mix does not contain gum already). Whisk until thoroughly combined.

  4. In a separate mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg,  pumpkin puree, milk, and vanilla. Beat until blended.

  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.

  6. Drop cookies into generously rounded teaspoons on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes in the preheated oven.

  7. While cookies are baking prepare glaze by whisking confectioner's sugar, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth and glossy.

  8. Cool cookies for 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon or brush glaze on cookies.


  • For larger cookies, drop batter on a prepared baking sheet by using a rounded tablespoon and bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until the cookies are done.
  • Make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels before buying. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

Recipe Variations

  • If you don't have cinnamon and nutmeg, try substituting "pumpkin pie spice," which is a seasonal spice mixture that contains the two spices (and others).
  • If you have fresh pie pumpkins, you can use the pumpkin flesh instead of canned pumpkin. Make sure you have removed all the seeds, steamed the flesh, and made a smooth puree of it. You'll only need one cup for this recipe, so add it to other recipes.
  • Guar or xanthan gum can be found in baking stores, better grocery stores, or online.

Recipe Tags: