Spiced Pumpkin Dunking Sticks

A luscious cream cheese glaze perfectly complements these spicy but sweet cookie sticks. The recipe may be made ahead and frozen.

Spiced Pumpkin Dunking Sticks
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
5 mins
Cool Time:
1 mins
Stand Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • ½ 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • ¼ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, the ground nutmeg, the ginger, salt, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  2. Place dough in a pastry bag fitted with a large open tip. Pipe dough, using a corkscrew motion, onto an ungreased cookie sheet into 4-inch-long strips.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes or just until firm to the touch but not browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

  4. Drizzle Cream Cheese Glaze over half of each cookie. If desired, sprinkle with grated nutmeg. Let stand about 2 hours or until glaze is set. Makes about 30 cookies.

Cream Cheese Glaze

Cream Cheese Glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add lemon peel, lemon juice, and orange peel; beat until combined. Beat in powdered sugar. Beat in enough milk (2 to 3 teaspoons) to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

To Store:

Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.