3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies (With Cake Mix)

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These 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies, made with spice cake mix, may just be one of the easiest fall recipes ever! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these delicious cookies will be a big hit with pumpkin lovers everywhere!

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Originally published September 2021 – Updated July 2023

A stack of pumpkin cookies on a white plate.

With the fall season just around the corner, pumpkin spice recipes are in high demand. In our house, we love pumpkin desserts and have made everything from pumpkin whoopie pies to parfaits. However, our new favorite fall dessert may just be this easy 3-ingredient pumpkin cookie recipe!

I’ve been a little obsessed with cake mix cookies since the first time I made them anyway. They’re so easy and I thought it would be fun to try a pumpkin flavor version.

A stack of pumpkin cookies on a white plate.

Why We Love These Easy 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

Easy – Recipes don’t get much easier than cake mix cookies and you can whip up a batch of these in no time at all.

Budget Friendly – Made with only 3 ingredients makes this easy on the the wallet too. All you need is a box of spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin puree and an egg.

Perfect For Fall – With all the flavor our our favorite fall spices, these homemade pumpkin cookies are delicious and easy. They’re the perfect dessert for fall and will also make a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Pumpkin cake mix cookies ingredients on a marble countertop.


  • Spice cake mix
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Egg
  • Sugar (optional)

How To Make Spice Cake Mix Cookies

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: Combine a large egg, cake mix and pumpkin puree in a large mixing bowl.

A bowl with ingredients for pumpkin cookies

Step 3: Mix well using a whisk or with an electric mixer set to medium speed

A bowl of pumpkin cookie dough with a whisk and pine cones next to it.

Step 4: Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop 1.5 tablespoons of cookie dough onto your prepared baking sheet. You’ll want to space them about 2 inches apart.

A baking sheet with pumpkin cookies on it.

Step 5: Spray the back of a large spoon or measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray. Use it to flatten the cookies. You may need to spray the spoon several times during this process.

A baking sheet with pumpkin cookie dough on it.

Step 6: If you want to add a little extra sweetness, sprinkle the cookies lightly with sugar. Bake at 350° for 9-12 minutes. You’ll know the cookies are done when they are soft and springy and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Pumpkin cookies on a cooling rack.

What is pumpkin puree?

It’s really just a fancier name for canned pumpkin. They are both the same thing so if it doesn’t say pumpkin puree on the can, you’re still good to go. Don’t make the mistake of buying pumpkin pie filling though…that’s completely different.

What if I don’t have pumpkin puree?

You can still make this recipe without it. You’ll just get a more cake-like texture but they’ll still taste delicious.

A stack of 3 ingredient pumpkin cookies on a white plate.

How do you store these cookies?

You can keep these cookies for up to 1-2 days if you store them in an airtight container at room temperature. If you’re stacking them, start with a single layer and lay a piece of parchment paper over the cookies before adding the next layer. This will keep them from sticking together.

A plate of pumpkin cookies on a marble countertop.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you can’t find spice cake mix, you can use yellow cake mix and add a couple teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to get that same spiced pumpkin flavor.
  • Don’t skip the parchment paper. These cookies are sticky and the lining will make them much easier to transfer to a wire rack after cooking.
  • Some canned pumpkin can be more watery than others. If yours looks watery, drain as much of the liquid off and then pat with a paper towel.
  • Turn these into pumpkin chocolate chip cookies by adding semi-sweet chocolate chips to the cookie dough.

A stack of pumpkin cookies on a plate.

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4.96 from 64 votes

Easy Pumpkin Cookies (With Cake Mix)

Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
These 3 ingredient pumpkin cookies, super easy to make with a box cake mix, will be a big hit with pumpkin lovers everywhere!



  • Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine cake mix, egg and pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Mix well using a spoon or mixer.
    15.25 ounces spice cake mix, 1 egg, 1 can pumpkin puree
  • Use1.5 Tbsp cookie scoop to scoop cookie balls onto the lined baking sheet.
  • Spray the back of a large spoon with non-stick cooking spray. Use it to flatten the cookies. You may need to spray the spoon several times during this process.
  • If you want to add a little extra sweetness, sprinkle the cookies lightly with sugar. Place baking sheet in the oven.
    3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Bake 9-12 minutes. Cookies will be soft and springy when ready.
  • Serve fresh from the oven or let cool on a cooling rack for later.


  • Because the cookie dough is so sticky, it’s best to use a cookie scoop when scooping the mixture onto the baking sheet.
  • Be sure to buy pumpkin puree (the same as canned pumpkin) and NOT pumpkin pie mix.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.5mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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  1. FABULOUS Cookies ! Loved it ! Super easy, soft and fresh. Thx for sharing and will certainly make hundreds. Yummy !

    1. I’m so glad you liked them!!! Thank you for sharing such a great review. It always makes my day to read comments like yours 🙂

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