Twice as nice as serving a bowl of candy from the drugstore.

If you’re a pumpkin spice fanatic (it’s a judgment free zone) or simply looking for something festive to serve at your Halloween party, you’ll be happy to know that these recipes are the O.G. of pumpkin spice. That’s right, before your lattes, your caramels, your pancakes, and your candles picked up the seasonal aromatics, our collection of pumpkin cookies brilliantly leaned on a store-bought spice mix labeled “pumpkin pie spice,” available in the spice aisle of any supermarket. Some of these recipes ask you to make your own pumpkin spice mixture by combining warm spices like ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Whether they use a proprietary blend or the pre-made stuff, they all pack a ton of familiar fall flavor that tastes anything but artificial. If you’re looking for a decadent chocolate option, try the Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate or the Pumpkin Chocolate Toffee Skillet Cookie. Both recipes make cookies that are crisp around the edges and gooey in the center. Opt for the skillet cookie if you’re hosting a party and want to impress guests; you’ll need access to an oven if you’d like to serve it warm (recommended). The Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and the Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches are great options if you need to impress on the go. Don’t underestimate the need for something sweet and creamy after pumpkin carving or apple picking. And, finally, the Oatmeal and Pie Spice Cookies are the perfect not-too-sweet pick-me-up for anytime of the day, even breakfast with a big cup of coffee. This season carve a few minutes out of your day to whip up a batch or three of these spectacular treats. Your guests will reap—er, harvest—the benefits.

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