Pumpkin Martini Cookies

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A fun Pumpkin Martini Cookie recipe for you today!  If you’ve followed my site for a while, you know that I love creating fun ‘tini cocktails.  Today, I’m bringing you a fun ‘tini but in cookie form!  I recently received a review copy of 100 Best Decorated Cookies by Julie Anne Hession and was so inspired by the book that I couldn’t wait to turn my Pumpkin Cheesecaketinis into a cookie!  So many great recipes and tips in the book, that the cookies were a piece of cake (or cookie…) to make! 

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You might remember Julie when I wrote about her book 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes or you might know her from her popular blog Peanut Butter and Julie.  She is super talented and inspiring, so be sure to check out her books and blog for some great ideas and recipes.  When I heard Julie had a new book out, I couldn’t wait to see it because I knew it would be full of great recipes and idea.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t decorate cookies very often.  I can’t even remember the last time I worked with royal icing, if ever.  I don’t have the patience for pastry bags so I was super excited when I saw Julie had various ideas for decorating including squeeze bottles.  Yep SQUEEZE BOTTLES.  I might not have the patience for pastry bags, but I can handle a squeeze bottle.

Pumpkin Martini Cookies | snappygourmet.comSo as the name suggests 100 Best Decorated Cookies has step-by-step pictures and directions for 100 cookies including seasonal cookies (Easter bunnies, witch hats, pumpkins, snowmen, Christmas trees, etc.), cookies for kids (rocket ships, trains, animals, soccer balls, etc.), and party cookies (leapoard-print purses, champagne glasses, baby onesies, dice, etc.).  Besides all the decorating, there are also cookie dough recipes including a whole wheat sugar cookie, gluten-free sugar cookie, dark chocolate sugar cookie, Vermont Maple Sugar Cookies, and more.  Also a recipe for a classic royal icing and a vegan royal icing.  The book also has A LOT of great tips for beginners or advanced cookie decorators.  If you have a foodie on your gift list this holiday season, I’d definitely check this book out.  To make these Pumpkin Martini Cookies, I adapted the recipe for the Pink Martini Cookies.  Hope you enjoy!

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The dough for the cookies came together quickly.  For full instructions see below.  Be sure to refrigerate the dough until it is well chilled.  I actually made these cookies over 3 days but you don’t need to.  The first day, I made the dough and then put the dough in the fridge overnight.  Second day, I rolled out the dough, cut out the cookies, and baked.  The third day I decorated and let the icing set.

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You could use any martini glass cookie cutter, but if you are looking to get one, I bought this  martini glass cookie cutter from Amazon.  It’s about 4 1/2 inches tall and about 3 inches wide and made about 40 cookies.  The size of your cookie cutter may affect the yield of the recipe.  I was a little hesitant making pumpkin sugar cookies and thought for sure the pumpkin cookie dough would spread and not hold the shape, but they baked up beautifully with no problems.

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For the decorating for these martini cookies I used a regular squeeze bottle like this squeeze bottle from Amazon.  You could also use a pastry bag and tips, but I really loved Julie’s tips for using a two-step process with the squeeze bottles.  I think getting the icing the right consistency is the toughest part but loved Julie’s tip that it should be the consistency of hair gel.  Check out the picture above of the pink martini to see how to apply the icing.  I used black for the outline and orange for the martini part but you could use any colors.  You could also use any color for the sanding sugar but I decided to use some leftover orange sugar from Halloween.

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Hope you enjoy the cookies!  Be sure to check out 100 Best Decorated Cookies on Amazon this holiday season!  Since it is the holiday season, I thought I’d include a giveaway for all my Snappy Gourmet friends.  Read below for the rules.  Good luck!

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Pumpkin Martini Cookies & Giveaway
4.7 from 21 reviews
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Prep time:
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Serves: 40
A martini cutout cookie inspired by my pumpkin cheesecaketini!
Cookie Dough:
  • 4 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pounds confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 14 tablespoons warm water + more to thin
  • 1 teaspoon almond or hazelnut extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • black gel paste
  • orange sanding sugar
  • orange gel paste
Also needed:
  • Martini glass cookie cutter
  • 1-2 squeeze bottles
  1. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice in a medium bowl.
  2. Beat together brown sugar, sugar, and butter with an electric mixer or stand mixer (with paddle attachment) on medium speed until well combined. Beat in egg, pumpkin, orange zest, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Slowly beat in dry ingredients into wet ingredients with mixer on low speed until combined.
  4. Divide dough into 3-4 equal pieces onto plastic wrap. Form into disks and completely wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place oven racks in upper and lower third of oven. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll out cold dough on a well floured work surface until dough is about ¼-inch thick. If dough is too sticky, roll with more flour. Using cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on prepared baking sheets leaving about 1-inch space between cookies. Reroll scraps and cut until dough is gone. Repeat with remaining dough. If dough becomes too soft, refrigerate again for about 20 minutes or until cold and firm.
  7. Bake cookies in batches about 16-22 minutes or until lightly browned, rotating pans halfway through baking. Cool cookies on pan for about 10 minutes then transfer to wire racks. Cool completely before decorating.
  8. When cookies are cool, prepare icing. Beat together sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use an electric mixer) on low speed until well combined.
  9. Stir together water and extracts in a mixing cup or bowl with spout.
  10. With mixer on low speed, slowly add water mixture, mixing until well combined. Icing may appear runny at first. Increase speed to medium and mix for 4 minutes scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Then increase mixer speed to high and beat an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until icing is stiff and glossy and the whisks can stand up in icing without sinking.
  11. Spoon half of icing into another bowl. Slowly add more water to one bowl until icing is consistency of hair gel. Dye icing black with gel paste then pour or spoon into squeeze bottle.
  12. Gently squeeze icing to outline martini onto cookie with black icing. While icing is still wet sprinkle rim of glass with sanding sugar and gently shake off excess. Let icing set a few minutes to firm.
  13. Slowly add water to other bowl of icing until consistency of hair gel. Dye icing orange with gel paste then pour or spoon into squeeze bottle. Gently squeeze to fill in martini glass as desired. Let icing set about 6 hours or overnight.
SNAPPY TIPS: The consistency of the icing can be a little tricky so be sure to add a little water at a time to get the right consistency.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of almond/hazelnut extract in the cookie dough, you can use vanilla or another flavored extract. Instead of the spices listed in the cookie dough you can substitute pumpkin pie spice.

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  1. The favorite cookie is divided– I love the White Chocolate Chip Cherry cookie and the Eggnong cheesecake bar cookies.

  2. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    My favorite holiday cookies are those chocolate crinkled cookies.

  3. I love the powdered sugar wedding cookies.

  4. my favorite holiday cookie is a nice chewy molasses cookie with a touch of spice :)

  5. The peanut butter with hershey kiss ones. I always eat a ton and feel guilty!!!

  6. My favorite holiday cookie is Spritz!

  7. My favorite cookie is English Gingersnaps

  8. My fav cookie is a pumpkin cookie with a browned butter icing. Cookie is like a cake-cookie. it is soft.

  9. gingerbread girls and boys!

  10. I like gingerbread cookies.

  11. I love snickerdoodles

  12. Butter cookies

  13. Christianne White says:

    Thumbprint cookies with the jam in the middle.. Oh pure heaven you pop in your mouth!!!

  14. Christianne White says:

    Thumbprint cookies with the jam in the middle. Oh pure heaven you pop in your mouth!!!

  15. Susan Christy says:

    Big Soft Ginger Cookies. I got the recipe from a BHG magazine over 20 years ago and make them every Christmas.

  16. april yedinak says:

    My favorite holiday cookies are my Great-Aunt Arlene’s Chocolate Italian Christmas Cookies. They have nuts, chocolate chips and candied cherries. Yum!!

  17. Love me some eggnog cookies!

  18. I love soft gingerbread cookies and pumpkin whoopie pies :)

  19. I love the good ole Mexican wedding cake cookie.

  20. I actually have two favorites: One is the peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s kiss on it. The second is called a “Santa Snacker”. It’s a graham cracker crust, coconut, walnuts, chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk drizzled on top & then baked. It makes my blood sugar rise, but it’s SOOOOOO worth it! ;-)

  21. My favorite cookie is snickerdoodles! :) These pumpkin martini cookies look delicious!

  22. Debbie Welchert says:

    My favorite holiday cookies are sugar cut-out cookies decorated with buttercream frosting.

  23. My fav has to be a cookie my mom makes called Nut Horns. Walnuts, cinnamon and sugar rolled into a pastry crust shaped like a horn. Yummy!

  24. My favorite cookies are my mother’s pecan fingers – little logs rolled in confectioner’s sugar. They melt in your mouth!

  25. Sandy Headtke says:

    My favorite cookie is a soft coconut cookie

  26. macaroons are my favorite!!

  27. I like Triple Chocolate Cookies.

  28. I love to make Classic Cookie Cutter Holiday Sugar Cookies painted with Royal Icing.

  29. Maryann D. says:

    I love holiday thimble cookies, shortbread with jelly in the middle.

  30. Gumdrop Cookies are my favorite. My family loves them too. Your martini cookies turned out great! Have a great Thanksgiving.

  31. Ann Gorham says:

    No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies!!

  32. I love the peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses in the middle

  33. Your “tini cookies are really adorable. I love *all* Christmas cookies, but my favorite is probably good-ole sugar cookie cut outs with decorations.

  34. My favorite holiday cookie is chocolate chip cookies made by my grandma…they’re good every time of year but have a special meaning on Thanksgiving because the whole family is together!

  35. I love Christmas sugar cookies!

  36. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says:

    frosted decorated sugar cookie cutouts! or gingerbread men

  37. Jacqueline Riekena says:

    My favorite holiday decorated cookies are Santa ‘s whiskers.

  38. marla Ramsey says:

    I love darting pinwheels

  39. marla Ramsey says:

    Darting pinwheels

  40. I love soft sugar cookies.

  41. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    My favorite holiday cookies are crisp sugar cookies that have been decorated by my kids.

  42. My favorite holiday cookies are big, soft, frosted sugar cookies!

  43. My favorite holiday cookies are peanut butter cookies with a dark chocolate hershey kiss melted in the center.

  44. Oh Lisa, it’s sooooo hard to pick just one!!! Is it the favorite to make or to eat??? Hmmm, if I must, I will choose the one I always make with my kids – Candy Cane Cookies. You can choose so many flavors and color combinations. Also, if you are creative like my kids, roll out some stripped dough pieces and use cookie cutters for more fun combinations.

  45. Susan M Grimes says:

    I would have to say tipsy Gingerbread cookies!

  46. I LOVE snickerdooddles, I can never eat just one!

  47. Jannine Fisk says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is gingerbread men and women. We made them as a family ever since I can remember, decorating each cookie to look like our friends and family and then passing them out on Christmas Eve. Delicious memories!

  48. Andrea Nichols says:

    Chocolate dipped oatmeal lace cookies.

  49. Andrea Nichols says:

    Oatmeal Lace cookies

  50. Molasses cookies…

  51. Angel Cookies Crispy sweet cookies with pecans and coconut.

  52. Stencils Cupcake & Cookie says:

    Wow. Really it’s just splendid. You are so creative. I really like the cookies and the way in which you have placed the cookies with glass.

  53. Favorite would have to be iced sugar cookies. So much fun making them, cutting them out and decorating them for Santa. Love your site.

  54. Suzanne Jaynes says:

    My absolute favorite Holiday cookies are Linzers with raspberry jam……the light cookie, powdered sugar and jam are the perfect Holiday tasty combination! Yummy!

  55. I love little ginger snap cookies ! :) perfect for the holidays

  56. Fudgy coffee snickerdoodles… I make one batch for myself and one for everyone else each Christmas!

  57. My favorite holiday cookie is the cutout cookie with buttercream frosting. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Good luck to all!

  58. My favorite holiday cookies are the chocolate chip mint with macadamian nuts shortcake :)

  59. My favorite holiday cookie is English Gingersnaps

  60. I love sugar cookies

  61. My favorite Christmas cookie is the chocolate no-bake cookie with cocoa and oatmeal…just the scent of them boiling on the stovetop takes me back to my childhood and tells me that Christmas is quickly approaching <3

  62. Pepermint shortbread cookies. I crush red and green candy canes in them.

  63. I absolutely LOVE Russian Tea Cakes! Yummo!

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  64. Dawn Gilseth says:

    My favorite would be the cut out sugar cookies that are made with powdered sugar, that you ice. My mom made them for me….I made them for my kids…and now I’m making them for my grandkids!

  65. Laurie Knittle says:

    My favorite Christmas cookie right now is the White Christmas Dream Drops, a Sunset contest winner from 2011:

    I found that mini candy canes wrapped in plastic (mini bags with air inside) can be crushed with the back of my 1/2 cup metal scoop very easily. Then the bags can be easily opened and contents removed. Eliminated a lot of the pain of smashing candy canes for me! And I love Guttard White Chocolate Chips.

  66. My favorite is an almond cookie but my husband and younger sister love sugar cookies with royal icing so I always make them for the two of them.

  67. Cindy Calvo says:

    I love Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes. They always remind me of snowballs so I like them at Christmas time.

    I am so going to try your pumpkintinis!

  68. Love a buttery nut-encrusted raspberry-filled thumbprint

  69. Lynzee Mathews says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is still the classic pumpkin chocolate chip cookie! Yum yum!

  70. Pound cake cookies with a pecan half on top. My mother in law made these every Christmas .

  71. Pecan butterballs is my favorite

  72. My favorite holiday cookie is the Magic Cookie Bar

  73. My mom has these sugar cookies that I can’t get enough of….but only during the holidays :)

  74. I love glazed sugar cookies and look forward to them each Christmas.

  75. I still love a good old fashioned sugar cookie – specifically, those I make with the kids for Santa that leave my kitchen a sugary sprinkled mess. :)

  76. Lori Swanson says:

    Mmmmm. My fav holiday cookies are Pnut butter cookies with kisses

  77. Is a Buckeye a cookie… I love those and Snowball cookies. Do Snowball cookies have a real name?

  78. My favorite holiday cookies are plain ol’ sugar cookies loaded up with sprinkles!

  79. Renea Williams says:

    Tough choice, but I’m going with good old fashioned oatmeal-raisin cookies. :-)

  80. Sugar cookies :). Also, I tried to rate the recipe a five but I could only press four stars for some reason.

  81. Kristin Porter says:

    Sugar Cookies

  82. Kristina Alderman says:

    Peanut Butter Blossoms! An oldie but a goodie!

  83. Lebkuchen, mmmmm

  84. Deanna Dunn says:

    I love all cookies, but if I have to pick just one, I can eat buckeyes until I’m sick.

  85. kimberly stephenspn says:

    My favorite cookies are “Dentist Cookies”, aka Russian Wedding Cookies.
    My dad was a dentist and these were his favorite too. Now that he has passed, I make them in his honor.

  86. Gina Bryers says:

    Russian tea cakes/cookies

  87. We have some traditions from childhood – family recipes for fudge, snowballs, chocolate covered peanut butter balls and sugar cookies. I have such a weakness for the peanut butter balls!

  88. Amanda Goldstein says:

    I love shortbread cookies.

  89. Tina Waldher says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are gingerbread boys.

  90. My favorite is a spicy ginger cookie.

  91. Molasses cookies!!! Yummy!!!

  92. One of my favorites are Greek Kourambiethes. Sounds like a popular cookie in many cultures.

  93. Emily Brown says:

    Macadamia butter and dried cranberry cookies are my fav!

  94. My absolute favorite holiday cookie is a Pecan Butter Ball.

  95. My favorite is spritz cookies. One year I WILL have enough time to make them. Yum!

  96. My favorite cookies to make for the holidays are the good ol sugar cookies made with the cookie shooter, and decorated with the family. Wreaths, trees, ornaments…etc.

  97. The Mexican wedding cookie! Yum!!!

  98. Decorated cut out sugar cookies

  99. Laura opperman says:

    Frosted sugar cookies without question.

  100. My favorite cookies are nuttrolls, we make them every year as a family.

  101. My grandma’s sugar cookie recipe which was never written down and sadly, has never quite been duplicated. I miss them.

  102. Jana Fisher says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is cranberry white chocolate chip oatmeal.

  103. Jessica McKinney says:

    I love Russian Tea Cakes.

  104. Staci Martinez says:

    Favorite cookie is Peanut Butter Blossums!

  105. I love me some good old snickerdoodles! Yum!

  106. My favorite cookie(s) involve either coconut or shortbread! too many favorites to choose just one ;)

  107. Julie Kaartinen says:

    Chewy, extra spicy sweet gingersnaps/molasses cookies (rolled in sanding sugar prior to baking to give a nice crunch!) The essence of Christmas!!

  108. My favorite Christmas cookie is a toss up between Grandma’s cream cheese spritz cookies and orange chocolate coconut cake cookies.

  109. My mom makes AMAZING toffee. Really, it’s the best, especially when she doubles the chocolate per my request. It’s not a “cookie” in the traditional sense but it counts in my book!

  110. Andrea Cirrito says:

    Frosted sugar cookies!

  111. Heather Eisenhooth says:

    I love frosted Sugar Cookies with the little silver balls!

  112. Denise Pierro says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are anise biscotti. But really any biscotti with a cup of coffee will do!

  113. Monica Flatford says:

    Ginger Spice Cookies. Make them every year at Christmas. My kids love them.

  114. My mom’s Russian Tea cookies she used to make at Christmas. Very time I have one now I think of Christmas. :-)

  115. How much pumpkin pie spice would you use for the substitution?

    • It’s a personal decision as far as how “spicy” you’d like them. I’d suggest starting with 2 teaspoons. You could substitute the whole amount which would be 3 1/2 teaspoons but may be a bit strong for some people.

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