Pumpkin Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies are a soft and chewy pumpkin cookie filled with tangy cream cheese and drizzled in chocolate! The perfect fall treat!

12 Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies on a cooling rack.Hi, it’s Jenn, from Eat Cake For Dinner. Have you started your Fall baking yet? This is my first pumpkin recipe of the season and it’s a really really good one! These cookies are fantastic and are sure to be a huge hit. They are a unique and super pretty cookie.

Up close photo of the Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies on a cooling rack.

The cookie is a soft and chewy, lightly spiced, cinnamon pumpkin cookie with a tangy cream cheese filling and a sweet chocolate drizzle. The flavor combo and textures are like a party in your mouth. Chewy cookie, creamy filling and then you’ve gotta love that “snap” when you bite into hardened chocolate.

The cookie only has a light pumpkin flavor, but with the help of the cinnamon and nutmeg, they still make you think of Fall when you sink your teeth into them. They are great at room temperature, but I love eating them chilled, right out of the fridge.

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies on a cooling rack.

This recipe calls for chilling the dough before baking. I did try baking this dough when un-chilled and chilled and as far as taste and texture, they turned out the same. BUT, they do look a lot prettier when the dough has been chilled. That way, you can roll the dough into balls and they bake into pretty round cookies. If you decide to bake these without chilling the dough, you will have to spoon the dough onto the cookie sheets and they don’t end up perfectly round once baked.

Either way, these are delicious and they taste fresh for days and days.

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies with a bite taken out of it.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

5 from 3 votes
A soft and chewy, lightly spiced, cinnamon pumpkin cookie with a tangy cream cheese filling and a sweet chocolate drizzle
Prep Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings: 42 cookies


  • 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. 8 Tbl. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. shortening I use butter-flavored
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 c. pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 Tbl. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

For Garnish

  • 1/3 c. milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. shortening divided


  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and shortening and mix until combined. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat until combined and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the pumpkin puree. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping down the bowl as you go. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Dough should be firm enough to roll into balls.
  • After dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie and roll into balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, spacing two inches apart. Bake for about 12 minutes. Cookie will be puffed and lightly golden on the bottom. Remove from oven and using a ½ Tablespoon measuring spoon, press down in the center of the cookie, making an indentation. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely. When cookies are cool, fill indentation with cream cheese filling and drizzle with melted chocolate. Allow chocolate to set. Serve. Store leftover cookies in the refrigerator. Makes about 42 cookies.
  • Cream Cheese Filling: In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and butter and mix until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and mix until well combined.
  • For Garnish: Place chocolate chips in a small bowl and the white chocolate chips in a separate small bowl. Add ½ teaspoon of shortening to each bowl. Microwave until chocolate is melted, stirring every 30 seconds until completely smooth. Using a fork, drizzle over cookies.


Serves: 42

Calories175kcal (9%)Carbohydrates31g (10%)Protein2g (4%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol3mg (1%)Sodium35mg (1%)Potassium60mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A694IU (14%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium22mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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  1. I made these except I added some ground ginger and ground cloves to the dry ingredients since pumpkin spice just doesn’t taste right without it!!!

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