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Spiced pumpkin cookies decorated with chocolate webs and spiders for Halloween

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

These spiced pumpkin cookies are soft cake-like and beautifully flavoured.   Enjoy them plain or decorate them with spiders and webs for Halloween!  They make the perfect kid's treat for Halloween.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Pumpkin Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Decorating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 approx
Calories 112 kcal
Author Corina Blum


  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 tsp mixed spice Or use pumpkin spice
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g pumpkin puree

To Decorate (optional)

  • 60 g white chocolate buttons I used 2 bags weighing 30g each
  • 60 g milk chocolate buttons I used 2 bags weighing 30g each


  1. Turn the oven on to 160C (fan).   Line 4 baking trays with baking paper.

  2. Put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice in a bowl.

  3. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream together. Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin puree. Beat together.

  4. Add the bowl of dry ingredient to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix together.

  5. Using a tablespoon, put spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking trays, leaving a gap around each cookie as they will spread in the oven.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes.

  7. Leave the cookies to cool on a wire rack.

  8. Boil a kettle and pour the water into a bowl. Put a packet of white and a packet of milk chocolate buttons in the hot water. Leave for a minute.

  9. Take out one of the packets of chocolate buttons and dry it on a towel. Squish it between your fingers to check that the chocolate is fully melted. If necessary put it back in the hot water.

  10. Snip off a very tiny corner of the packet and squeeze out the chocolate to make a spider's web shape on half the cookies. Stick a chocolate button of the opposite colour onto the spider's web. It will stick to the wet chocolate.

  11. Repeat with the other packet of melted chocolate.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and a guideline only.

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1410IU28%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.