Dessert Recipe

A Not-So-Basic Holiday – White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Anything but basic, these cookies will be the perfect treat for sharing during the holidays. My White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies are simple, spicy, and sweet.

Of course, during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, traditional dishes are a must. There’s turkey, ham, and mac-and-cheese. Desserts, like pumpkin and pecan pies are made. Just as these are traditional foods, isn’t there traditionally a certain family member that always insists on making them?

Something I often hear from friends and family is that they feel that a lot of other dishes are covered by someone else in the family, and they are wondering how they can contribute something special to the holiday meal.

Well, these cookies are just that!

My favorite way to make these homemade cookies with a lot less fuss, is by gathering all of my ingredients together in the beginning. Before I even turn on the mixer, I’ve gotten my shortening unwrapped, the egg broken, and the dry ingredients mixed. This helps ensure that you don’t skip a step, or over measure. This tidiness will also help make the clean-up easier as well!


Say “Alexa, play Stevie Wonder Radio,” on your kitchen’s Echo Dot while baking. You’re welcome.

For another sweet treat try my Grandmama’s Brownies recipe!

The Recipe

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies

The perfect treat for Fall and the Holidays! Everyone will enjoy them.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie, dessert, holiday, pecan, pumpkin spice, white chocolate
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: LittleBit


  • baking sheet
  • Mixing Bowls – one medium, one large
  • Hand Mixer


  • ¾ cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening
  • cups Light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp Pumpkin spice
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¾ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ cup Pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup White chocolate chips


  • Beat on medium speed the shortening, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, milk, & vanilla in a large bowl until blended.
  • Beat in egg.
  • Stir with fork or small whisk the flour, salt, & baking soda in another medium bowl.
  • Gradually pour & beat flour mixture into the wet mixture until just combined through.
  • Fold in pecans and white chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
  • Using a table spoon, make and roll 1 inch balls and place 2-3 inches apart on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-11 minutes for perfectly chewy cookies.


Store in an airtight container to keep fresh prior to serving.
For easier fresh-baked cookies:  Make cookie dough the day ahead and wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil before making into the balls.

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