First preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, then grease baking sheets. Gather your ingredients: 

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • baking powder,
  • cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • salt.
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (separated)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of softened butter. 

Combine the baking soda, baking powder, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt into a good sized bowl (a medium sized one), and put that aside. 

Beat sugar and 1 stick of butter and blend it. Stop blending it once smooth. 

Put in egg, pumpkin, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend it again until smooth! 

While it’s blending, put the flour mixture (the first step) in gradually. 

Drop the entire mixture onto a baking sheet, one tablespoon at a time and  spread a couple inches apart. 

Bake for 15-18 minutes, then take out and let rest for 2 minutes. 

For the frosting, combine stiffened milk, sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now stir all of those ingredients until smooth. Drizzle on top of cookies.