This post may contain affiliate links, please see our privacy policy for details.

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies. Super simple, extra delicious, and perfectly sweet shortbread cookies made with nutty brown butter, pumpkin butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin spice. Each cookie is rolled in sweet cinnamon sugar before baking – yum! Once the cookies are baked, I highly recommend going one step further and drizzling them with chocolate. These cookies are wonderful for entertaining, but equally great for snacking. Oh, and they’re perfect for gifting too!

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

As we draw closer to Halloween and the end of October, I’m starting to think more and more about the upcoming holiday season. I am just SO excited. This year will be really special and I’m looking forward to sharing some yummy recipes with you all!

I’ve started planning my Thanksgiving menus and brainstorming recipes for the month. There are so many fun things to plan for, we need only the best recipes this time of year!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, one of the cookies that’s always a part of my family’s celebrations is a shortbread cookie.

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

As a child, my mom would spend Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania with my grandpa’s side of the family. And until we moved to Colorado, I did too. My aunt would always have her famous turkey cookies out for snacking. Mom talks about these cookies every single year!

Because mom loves those cookies so much, I always make my own shortbread cookie every year. I, however, like to switch it up.

This year, it’s these amazing, delicious pumpkin shortbread cookies! Oh my goodness, we all enjoyed these so much!

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Here are the details

Step 1: brown the butter

As with many of my cookie recipes, start by browning half of the butter. But only half! For the best flavor, brown the butter, and for the best cookie texture, use softened butter.

The mix of the two is the perfect combination for this style of shortbread cookie.

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Step 2: make the cookie dough

Next, mix the brown butter with soft room-temperature butter. I prefer to use salted organic European style 85% fat butter. I like using Straus, this butter gives the best flavor and texture.

Then mix in the brown sugar, pumpkin butter, and vanilla.

For the dry ingredients, add flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix until the dough forms.

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Step 3: chill the dough

Divide the dough in half and roll each into a log.

Wrap the log of dough up with parchment paper and chill in the fridge until very firm. At least an hour or even overnight. This is a great dough to make ahead of time! And wonderful to gift during the holidays too!

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Step 4: slice n’ bake

Once the dough is chilled, slice it into cookies, and get baking!

I adore a slice-bake-style cookie, especially for holiday entertaining. I can prepare the dough ahead of time and then, and here’s the secret, bake the cookies while your guests arrive. Just be sure to set a loud timer!

This is the most inviting and cozy way to welcome guests!

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Step 5: dip, drizzle, and dunk in chocolate

The final step is optional, but of course, I highly recommend it! Dip each cookie into melted chocolate. The chocolate tastes so delectable when drizzled over these yummy pumpkin shortbread cookies.

I use a rich dark chocolate and then add a small pinch of sea salt.

The tiny pinch of salt creates a cookie that pretty much no one can stop snacking on! Everyone will enjoy these!

They’re sweet, nutty, and buttery, with amazing pumpkin flavor. And just the right amount of chocolate, plus a tinsy bit salty too.

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Yumm!! And, these are really easy! We all can love that!

Looking for other sweet pumpkin recipes? Here are my favorites: 

Soft Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cookies with Brown Butter Icing.

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter Bread

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting.

Lastly, if you make these Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 134 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Add 6 tablespoons butter to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl.
    2. Beat together the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter, the cooled browned butter, pumpkin butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the flour and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until combined. If the dough is too sticky to form a ball, add 2-4 tablespoons of flour.
    3. Place the dough on a large piece of parchment paper. Divide in half and shape each ball into a log around 6 inches long. Chill 1-2 hours, or up to 5 days.
    4. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    5. On a plate, mix the coarse sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Unwrap the logs and place them on a cutting board. Brush with the beaten egg and roll in the coarse sugar to coat. Cut 11-12 cookies from each log.
    6. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. 
    7. Drizzle the chocolate over each cookie and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Enjoy a couple with that melty chocolate!


To Make Ahead: the dough log can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
To Freeze: slice the chilled log into cookies, then rewrap the log and freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, let the cookies thaw on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then bake as directed, adding an additional 1-2 minutes if needed. 
View Recipe Comments
Spiced Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies |

Add a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. 3 stars
    Agree with others, the texture is not quite right. Certainly not crunchy like I was hoping. I added 3 TBSP extra of butter too, which did not change it. They are better then next day, chilled, with a cup of coffee.

    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback! Sorry to hear you did not enjoy the texture! xx

  2. I agree with other commenters – these are not traditional shortbread. I’m not really sure what I’d call them – the dough is pretty soft but there’s no egg? Overall they taste ok just not the texture I was expecting.

  3. 5 stars
    These are delicious! Maybe not the typical shortbread texture because of the moisture from the pumpkin butter but they’re so good. Easy to make and a great do ahead for Thanksgiving. Thanks for another winner, Tieghan.

    1. Hi Louann,
      Love to hear that this recipe was delish! Thanks for making it and your feedback! Have a great weekend!🍁🍃

  4. 4 stars
    These pumpkin spice cookies would be a five star if they were not called “shortbread”. The flavor is excellent and the dough is very easy to work. Shortbread is my favorite type of cookie – I love the crunch and buttery flavor – and so I was disappointed when these were soft, even after baking longer than stated. However, I took them to a party as Pumpkin Spice Cookies, never mentioning shortbread, and they got rave reviews and several people asked for the recipe. One last comment is that I don’t understand the 1.5 cups of chocolate needed to drizzle over the cookies. I used no more than 1/2 cup and still had some left over, and I was generous with my drizzle. If you don’t expect a shortbread texture and love pumpkin spice, you will love this cookie!

    1. Hey Mary,
      Happy Monday!! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks for trying and your feedback! xT

  5. 1 star
    The cookies tastes fine but the consistency were not a short bread consistency. They were like a sugar cookie instead. I would go back and rework the recipe.

    1. Hi Kelli,
      Thanks for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, sorry the consistency was not to your liking. Have a great weekend! x

    1. Hi Katie,
      I would not freeze these after baking, to make ahead please follow the instructions above for best results:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  6. Lately all I’m seeing in the comments are not recipe reviews, but critical and condescending comments and nitpicking. It’s tiring!

  7. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan, these cookies turned out amazing pure perfection!! The chocolate was a must drizzled on there. I made these for my friends daughters 11th birthday she loved them! Thank you so much for the great pumpkin desert recipe.