No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

Please welcome guest blogger Shauna, co-founder of Shwin&Shwin, to our Kiwi Crate family! This mommy of two (soon-to-be three!) loves sewing, crafts, kid-friendly recipes, and sharing the love of creating with others. 

We love fall, but not the warm weather that sticks around for most of the season, making baking unenjoyable. These tasty, tiny no-bake treats are perfect for kids to prepare and enjoy!

Tools and Materials

  • canned pumpkin (1/2 cup)
  • oats (1 cup)
  • raisins (1/4 cup)
  • sugar (1/4 cup)
  • vanilla (1 tsp.)
  • nutmeg (1/2 tsp)
  • ginger (1/2 tsp.)
  • mini chocolate chips (optional) (1/4 cup)
  • salt (1/4 tsp.)
  • cream cheese (1/2 cup)
  • powdered sugar (1/8 cup)
  • whipping cream (1 Tbsp)

Start by adding the oats, raisins, sugar, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and—if desired—chocolate chips. (My kids like a little chocolate in their cookies but the cookies are equally good if you skip them.) My oldest (5) liked to do all the measuring of the ingredients and my daughter (3) liked to do all the “dumping.”

Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Then mix well.

Next for the fun part! Use a spoon to scoop up about a small handful and roll the scoops into balls. My son loved this part since his hands got to get dirty.

While the kids were busy rolling the balls, I whipped together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipping cream to create a little topping for the cookies (totally optional but, in my opinion, there is nothing better than pumpkin and cream cheese). I put the creamy mixture into small plastic bags and snipped off the corners.

Then the kids squeezed the cream topping onto the cookies. This was my daughter’s favorite part, since it was mess free and “artsy.”

Enjoy your cookies right away or pop them in the fridge for a few hours. (This will firm them up a bit more and make them cool and refreshing.) The kids love them either way! And since the cookies are loaded with pumpkin, oats, and raisins, they’re a great go-to after-school snack that makes everyone happy. Hope you enjoy these no-bake treats!

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  1. I can’t wait to try these! So festive and they look so yummy.

  2. Posted by Jessica |

    This is a great recipe to tweak to be allergy free! Skip the icing and use gluten free oats and Enjoy Life allergy free chocolate chips! Yum!

    • Posted by Karen |

      Any ideas for making them dairy free? I can’t think of what I would substitute for the cream cheese, but I sure would like to make these with my son.

      • Posted by Michelle S. |

        You can get dairy-free cream cheese at health food stores.

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  4. Posted by Kirbie |

    Umm, DELISH! I love pumpkin and can not wait to try these with my nephews, just so I can eat some :)

  5. Posted by Carrie |

    This looks great! I know my 5-year old will love it–thanks!

  6. Posted by Katie |

    WOW ! These look yummy. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!

  7. Does the recipe call for rolled oats or quick cooking oats?

    • Posted by shauna w. |

      We used rolled oats for ours, I am sure either would be fine since they are not baked at all the oats stay raw.

  8. These look amazing and I am a lover of Pumpkin flavor during this time of the year. I have linked this up to my own blog giving you both full credit to share with my followers too, because I thought these were too good not to re-share. Thanks and will be trying with my kids too :)

  9. Posted by erin |

    Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned?

    • Posted by shauna w. |

      Yes fresh pumpkin would work great and taste even better I am sure! You may want to add more oats if they are too soft.

  10. Posted by Erin |

    thank you! I increased oats to almost 2 cups, but they turned out great. My kids loved them, especially the icing :)

    • Posted by etna |

      Muy, muy bueno!!!

      gracias por compartir

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  12. Posted by Jessie |

    This could potentially be a stupid question, do these have to stay in the fridge or can they sit out over night? (without frosting). Does the canned pumpkin require them to stay refrigerated ?? Trying to figure out the best way to make these

    • Posted by yale |

      Hi Jessie! I’d asked Shauna about this before, and here’s what she said: “We keep ours in the fridge, I don’t know why they couldn’t be left out… but I wouldn’t leave them out longer than overnight since the pumpkin could spoil.” Happy baking!

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