Pumpkin Toffee Cookies with Salted Caramel Glaze

Hello, October! I don’t know how you are already here, but I am happy to see you. I am excited for cool crisp air, fall colors, lots of football, and pumpkin everything!

I know I jumped the gun and made Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting in September, but I couldn’t wait. I love pumpkin! Since it is officially October, which in my book means pumpkin all day/every day, I am going to bring out the pumpkin in full force. Starting with these Pumpkin Toffee Cookies with Salted Caramel Glaze. They are the perfect cookies to kick off October!

I always ask Josh what kind of cookies I should make. He always says chocolate chip cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate chip cookies, but I like to create new cookie recipes. So this time, I asked Josh what kind of pumpkin cookies I should make. Chocolate chip wasn’t an option:) He suggested Pumpkin Toffee Cookies. I loved his idea! Pumpkin spiced cookies with toffee-yum! Sounded like a winner to me, so I got baking!

When the cookies were out of the oven, I decided to take the recipe one step further. I whipped up a salted caramel glaze to drizzle over the cookies. I fell in love with the pumpkin salted caramel combo when I made pumpkin cupcakes, so I figured it would work with cookies too. The salted caramel glaze was the perfect fishing touch to the pumpkin toffee cookies. Pumpkin cookie success!

Welcome October with a warm batch of Pumpkin Toffee Cookies with Salted Caramel Glaze! I know we will be making these again during October, probably a few times:)

If you are looking for other pumpkin recipes, check out 50 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall. There are some good ones!

Pumpkin Toffee Cookies with Salted Caramel Glaze

Soft pumpkin cookies with toffee bits and a salted caramel glaze! The perfect cookies for fall!
5 from 3 votes


For the cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Heath Toffee Bits or chopped Heath candy bars

For the Salted Caramel Glaze:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add in the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the Heath Toffee Bits.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Place cookies about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges and set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  • While the cookies are cooling, make the salted caramel glaze. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, salted caramel sauce, and milk. Whisk until smooth. When the cookies are cool, drizzle salted caramel glaze over the tops.
  • Note-for the glaze, you might need to add more powdered sugar or milk, depending on the thickness of your salted caramel sauce. Just whisk ingredients together until you reach desired consistency. If you use our salted caramel recipe sauce, you will end up with about 2 cups of salted caramel sauce. Store the leftover sauce in the refrigerator.

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  1. I’m with you- pumpkin all day every day now! What a fun cookie. The icing on top makes them look so darn pretty

  2. I just made pumpkin choc chip cookies last week and just made a pumpkin choc chip Bundt cake…and now I want to make your cookies b/c I LOVE toffee! And that glaze, too!

  3. These are seriously gorgeous cookies, and I LOVE the trio of salted caramel, pumpkin + toffee. My mouth is watering!

  4. Great suggestion, Josh and perfect execution, Maria. These look like the poster children for fall cookies!

  5. Ha! My boyfriend ALWAYS says chocolate chip cookies, too. Good call on eliminating that option by adding “pumpkin” to the question, I’ll have to try that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ These look delicious!

  6. These look really yummy…

    Just wondering — do they have a cakey or chewy texture? I’m guessing it’s cakey, but wanted to check. If I use applesauce in a recipe to replace fat, I often drain it (in a coffee filter) to remove some of the moisture (and gumminess that the final product often has). I’m wondering about perhaps draining the pumpkin puree… thoughts?

  7. My cookie jar is currently empty and in dire need of these cookies! So is my tummy. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE the combo of fall flavors going on here.

  8. These look wonderful! I can taste them already! One question, I live in Canada and I was wondering what size can/volume of pumpkin is used? Thanks!

  9. I think I’d always say chocolate chip too… well, actually, I love oatmeal cookies. But, for this season, I think I’d go with these gems!

  10. Yum! Josh definitely gave the best suggestion to make Pumpkin Toffee Cookies. Look so delicious and I love salted caramel, so this is on my list.

  11. These look sooo yummy!! I just made your Pumpkin Chocolate chip bread as muffins and they turned out sooo good… so I’ll have to give these cookies a go with the leftover pumpkin puree! I’m so excited! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Love all the pumpkin recipes today! These cookies look incredible, love the glaze on top!

  13. Great cookies and yes pumpkin everyday! In fact I’m working on a pumpkin job right now and so far so good ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Everything about these cookies is very appealing! I’ve never had pumpkin cookies or a salted caramel glaze on a cookie, so this new-to-me recipe is a must try and I bet it’s preeeeeetty addicting. Let’s see if the batter makes it to the cookie sheet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. What a smart guy you have! Such a good eye (or should I say taste buds?) for what would work well together! These sound delicious.

  16. I’m pretty convinced fall should be all pumpkin all the time also! The thought of pumpkin and toffee together…and THEN topped with salted caramel is revelatory.

  17. Pumpkin is my absolute favorite! This combination sounds like Heaven. I can’t wait to make these. Thank you!

  18. I feel like every time I stop by your blog you have a delicious cookie recipe up! And that is just fine by me! These look super duper scrumptious.

  19. I made these, and mine came out really fluffy, almost like a whoopie pie. I live at high altitude and usually my cookies are flat–don’t know what happened? The glaze was perfect, though.

  20. These look great Maria! I love how these aren’t as puffy as so many pumpkin cookies I see. I’m gonna have to try this flavor combo out!

  21. Oh. My. Word. These look AMAZING. They are getting baked up ASAP. I just have to run to the store for some Heath bars. If you’ll excuse me…

  22. These look incredible! I’ve been having a stressful day, I’m sure I could polish off the whole batch if I weren’t careful.

  23. These are now my go-to pumpkin cookies. I haven’t even gotten around to making the glaze yet. I don’t think I’ll have any cookies left to glaze. Maybe the next batch, which I will be making this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Made these for a party this weekend and they were the first to go. WOWOWOWOOW. Amazing. All I can say is I am SO glad I left about 10 at home. mmmmmmmmmmm

  25. Just made these and they’re really tasty! They’re a little on the cakey side, though, which seems to happen a lot with pumpkin cookies. Any ideas on how to solve this?

  26. I made these cookies exactly as directed, and while they did have the puffy, cakey texture I have come to expect from all pumpkin-containing cookies, they were still delicious. The batter was thinner and stickier than usual cookie dough (I wouldn’t have been able to roll it in my hands, I had to spoon it)– not sure if that has something to do with the texture of the cookie. If I can find pumpkin pudding mix I might try a pumpkin pudding cookie to get the pumpkin flavor with a more traditional cookie texture.

  27. Maria you are a cookie goddess! These are absolutely amazing! Huge hit! Everyone should make them — IMMEDIATELY!

  28. Just baked a double batch of these cookies with glaze – delicious!! I expected cake-like texture as they were puffed up when I pulled them out, but they were perfect. Toffee bits add a subtle crunch. Glaze makes these perfect. Yum.

  29. It’s a very blustery October Saturday, and just made these for the first time. OMG they are so yummy! Thank you so much!

  30. These cookies where very very good! Thank you for sharing!!
    My cookie also came out as puff cake textured cookie, which was perfectly okay. I had a little concern when I first tasted the icing because it tasted just like powdered sugar. I added a little more caramel sauce & a tad bit more milk so it wouldn’t be such an overwhelming sugar taste. The cookies was amazing!

    ** May I please share this recipe on my blog if I site the original recipe to your post?

  31. Made these last month when you posted it and everyone in my student org on campus loved them! I’ll be making them again soon, but instead of the glaze, I’m going to put cream cheese frosting inside, like your Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies. So they’ll be Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies!

  32. Does the glaze harden? If not, how can I get it to harden? I’d love to give these as gifts but don’t want the glaze to get on other cookies.

    1. The glaze will set up and harden. You can always put a small piece of parchment or wax paper in between the cookies to be safe. Enjoy!

  33. Made these cookies today, and added mini chocolate chips. They are mighty tasty, however they look NOTHING like your photo. Like others have said, its more cake like texture, where the photos above look more like crunchy texture. Are you sure the above photos go with this recipe??? Not much crunch in these cookies, even though I put atleast 2 cups of toffee bits in cause I LOVE toffee bits ๐Ÿ™‚ Will definitely make again, however.

    1. I am sure that those are the right cookies! The cookies have a slight cakey texture because of the pumpkin.

  34. Oh my goodness!! I just finished making these. They are fabulous!! I also made the salted Caramel sauce to use in the frosting. This is a great fall treat. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  35. These look amazing! Does the glaze harden enough to be able to stack the cookies without them sticking together? I’m hoping to mail a batch and am wondering if they can be stacked or if the glaze stays sticky. Thanks!!

    1. The glaze will harden, but if you are stacking them you might want to put wax or parchment paper in between.

  36. OH. MY. GOODNESS. GRACIOUS. Holy mother of Mary were these excellent and one of the BEST cookies I have ever ever EVER eaten or tried!! I made a double batch of these this morning because I had a couple cans of organic pumpkin purรฉe that needed to be used; and man, did these babies deliver on ALL levels! The salted caramel glaze was an absolute great added bonus; but the cookies were so delicious that you didn’t even need it. I iced half and left half plain. I have tried many, many of your recipes….specifically your cookie recipes, and they are all really really tasty and great; but this one….this one is so fantastic and superior to any cookie out there. In my humble opinion. They were THAT good. Great recipe Maria! Great idea Josh! ; )

  37. These cookies taste awesome however, they looked nothing like yours. Followed recipe exactly but they came out very puffy and quite darker in orange color than yours. Yours looks like it has much less pumpkin in it. I don’t mind the puffy softness but was looking forward to a flatter cookie with less cake-like texture like yours. The glaze is divine and pairs well with the cookie. If you have any suggestions as to why they came out so different as others have stated as well, please let us know.

  38. Your pictures are very misleading. These are puffy and cake-like. Wish i had read these comments before i made them because I was wanting flat/chewy or flat/crispy like in the picture. Probably would not have made them if i knew they were going to be cake-like. The taste is OK. Would not make them again and would not recommend them.

  39. 5 stars
    These came out of my oven and look amazing! Used some homemade toffee and salted caramel for extra special-ness!!! Such a wonderful Fall recipe and flavor combo – thank you! For those concerned about the cookies being more cakey, you can blot the pumpkin purรฉe with a paper towel to get out some of the moisture and can also flatten the cookies on the pan with your hand before baking since these donโ€™t really spread. I did this and still had a wonderfully soft cookie!

  40. 5 stars
    Great recipe!! We loved them. Although mine didnโ€™t turn out looking like yours, as mine were small and puffy. They were still really delicious especially with your homemade salted caramel sauce!!ย 

  41. 5 stars
    These are now on my list of favorite cookies. They’re so cakey and fluffy. I didn’t end up adding the glaze because I didn’t feel the cookies needed it. Thanks for the recipe!

  42. Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe. I have a question about the caramel glaze. I read your recipe for the Salted Caramel Sauce and how to turn into glaze here. I am trying to glaze crispy cookies and no matter which glaze I try to use, it makes the cookies soft due to moisture in the glaze. Have you tried this glaze on any crispy cookies, which continued to stay crispy after the graze is applied? I want to make these for holidays, where they will not be consumed for few weeks after making. Any help you can provide will be great. Once again, thanks for posting such wonderful recipes.