15 Delicious Vegetarian Orange Pumpkin Spice Cookies Recipes

Between Fall and Winter, with all the holiday festivities that these seasons bring, it seems as though pumpkin spice is always in the air. 

But instead of grabbing your typical pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, why not try incorporating the flavors of pumpkin spice differently this year? 

A flavor combination that we really love is orange and pumpkin spice, which happens to be the perfect blend for festive cookies! 

We’ve compiled 15 of our favorite orange pumpkin spice cookie recipes into a list to help you find your next holiday baking project! 

All of these recipes are vegetarian-friendly, and some even cater to other dietary requirements, so there’s something suitable for everyone here. 

1. Luna Cafe Spiced Orange Pumpkin Cookies 

One of our absolute favorite orange pumpkin spice cookie recipes is this Spiced Orange Pumpkin Cookies recipe from Luna Cafe! 

These are soft, plump cookies that don’t feel too dense or too airy – the texture is perfect. 

The pumpkin spice flavor in these cookies comes from spiced pumpkin maple butter, while the orange frosting is flavored with orange Kool-Aid powder. 

Luna Cafe’s recipe suggests topping the cookies with raw pumpkin seeds to make the cookies themselves look like pumpkins, which we think is super cute!

2. Betty Crocker Orange-Spice Drops 

With Betty Crocker being such a big name in the baking industry, it makes sense that these Betty Crocker Orange-Spice Drops are in our top 15 vegetarian orange pumpkin spice cookies recipes. 

The flavor combination of rich mascarpone, sweet pumpkin pie spice, and zesty orange peel is perfectly balanced, with each flavor coming through individually whilst blending seamlessly.

It takes just over 2 hours to prepare and bake these cookies, but the 36 servings you’ll get to enjoy at the end make the process worth it!

3. The Gold Lining Girl Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Icing 

The Gold Lining Girl website features an excellent recipe for Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Icing. 

We love that these cookies manage to be soft and pillowy without veering into cakey territory. 

The Gold Lining Girl pumpkin orange cookies are heavily pumpkin-flavored, including both canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. The orange juice and zest come through nicely in the icing as well. 

4. Nourished by Nutrition Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Glaze 

This recipe for Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Glaze by Nourished by Nutrition proves that healthy, vegetarian food doesn’t need to be boring!

Another recipe that features both pumpkin spice and actual pumpkin, this one also delivers a hint of coconut flavor from the coconut sugar and oil. The orange zest brightens up the overall flavor. 

It’s worth noting that even though the recipe calls for white spelt flour, you can substitute this for a gluten-free all-purpose flour if needed. 

5. Sally’s Baking Addiction Super Soft Pumpkin Cookies 

It only takes one of these Super Soft Pumpkin Cookies from the Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe to make you a baking addict, too!

These are the perfect orange pumpkin spice cookies if you actually prefer a cakey cookie texture. 

Between the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger, this recipe calls for a lot of spice, giving these cookies a real kick. 

Instructions are also provided for making the perfect maple cream cheese icing to balance out the spicy flavor. 

6. Know Your Produce Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Glaze 

These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Glaze (recipe by Know Your Produce) are ideal if you like your sweet treats to be on the healthy side. 

In this recipe, the orange zest goes into both the cookie dough and the icing, so these cookies are extra-citrusy. 

The oatmeal-based dough, made with rolled oats, is filling and crunchy once baked, providing a satisfying texture. 

7. Sunkist Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Glaze 

Sunkist is an agricultural company specializing in citrus fruit, and the cooperative has its own recipe for Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Glaze!

The recipe recommends using Sunkist Navel orange for the zest, but also recommends a Valencia orange as an alternative. 

Apart from the orange zest, the main flavors are pumpkin and coconut from the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and coconut sugar. 

8. Tasty Kitchen Orange-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies 

Tasty Kitchen’s Orange-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies take about an hour to prepare but cook in just 15 minutes. 

This recipe leans into the spice aspect of orange pumpkin spice cookies, calling for both ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg to add more depth to the pumpkin puree. 

The finished cookies should be firm around the edges and soft in the middle: the best of both worlds!

9. Spark Recipes Soft Pumpkin Spice Pecan Cookies with Orange Glaze

Pecan nuts combine beautifully with the flavors of orange and pumpkin spice, so we just had to include these Soft Pumpkin Spice Pecan Cookies with Orange Glaze 

The spice in these cookies comes from cinnamon and nutmeg while orange extract is used for the citrus flavor in the glaze. 

Stirring pecans into the batter helps to bring the flavors together and contributes an extra crunch. 

10. First Place for Health Pumpkin Orange Cookies 

First Place for Health is dedicated to helping readers create tasty food the healthy way, and these Pumpkin Orange Cookies are just one example of this! 

These cookies are quite unique in the sense that they rely on orange marmalade to carry the citrus flavor with the help of orange juice and peel. 

The recipe also calls for applesauce, which blends perfectly with the pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar to create delicious Fall-themed snacks. 

Each cookie only contains 23 calories, but you wouldn’t know that from how amazing they taste!

11. Farm Flavor Pumpkin Pie Cookies with Cran-Orange Glaze 

Another ingredient that pairs incredibly well with pumpkin spice and orange is cranberry. This is the ideal flavor combination for Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations. 

This recipe makes thick, soft cookies that will leave you feeling truly indulged. However, bear in mind that while the recipe requires shortening, you’ll need to make sure that this is vegetable shortening if you want to keep the recipe veggie-friendly. 

Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice both feature in the dough, while the glaze contains orange juice, extract, and zest. Topped with dried cranberries, these cookies will keep your sweet tooth satisfied this festive season.

12. My Recipes Pumpkin-Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies 

Chocolate and orange is a classic flavor combination, so why not add some chocolate chips to your orange pumpkin spice cookies? 

This Pumpkin-Orange Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe from My Recipes balances treating yourself and eating healthily because of the oatmeal base and flaxseeds, which contain essential fatty acids. 

The recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips, but if you prefer your chocolate chips sweeter or more bitter, you can adjust this ingredient as needed.

13. My Gourmet Connection Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies 

We can’t get enough of these Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies from My Gourmet Connection. 

These are drop cookies with a cake-like texture and a strong, spicy flavor created by a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. 

One of the best things about these cookies is that they only take a total of 25 minutes to prepare and bake, so they’re the perfect last-minute bake if you have unexpected company. 

14. Bakers Beans Pumpkin Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Bakers Beans has a delicious Pumpkin Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe that we highly recommend you try if you like the combination of pumpkin, orange, and chocolate. 

Instead of putting the orange zest in the glaze, as many other recipes do, Bakers Beans advises including the zest in the cookie dough and topping them with a cinnamon glaze. 

The canned pumpkin in the dough is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon while the milk chocolate chips contribute a rich sweetness to the bake. 

These cookies make the perfect treat for cold, autumn days, especially since they bake in just 10 minutes!

15. Reader’s Digest Canada Pumpkin Spice Cookies 

Reader’s Digest Canada also has a great orange pumpkin spice cookie recipe that includes orange juice and zest in the frosting. 

You’ll need solid-pack pumpkin in addition to pumpkin pie spice for the cookie dough, plus quick-cooking oats, yellow cake mix, a large egg, and some canola oil. 

For the frosting, all you need is the juice, zest, and confectioner’s sugar. 

In total, the cookies take 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake, so this is a fairly quick and easy recipe to work with. 

Final Thoughts 

As you can see from our selection of recipes, orange pumpkin spice cookies can be made in many different ways, resulting in various textures and flavor combinations. 

If you have any other dietary restrictions in addition to being vegetarian, it’s worth checking the instructions of a recipe to see if you can make the necessary substitutions (e.g. swapping spelt flour for gluten-free flour). 

Remember that you can always add extra ingredients, such as nuts, chocolate chips, and cranberries, to your orange pumpkin spice cookies if you like. Several of our featured recipes do this and it can help to build up the flavor and make your cookies suitable for specific festive occasions. 

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