Pumpkin Maple Cookies with Quark Frosting

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Those cookies, a great complement to afternoon tea, are not the typical cookies. They are soft, spongy and light textured cake-like pumpkin cookies flavoured with rich maple syrup and warm, fragrant spices, that enhances the delicate earthiness of the pumpkin. They are delectable without frosting and pepitas garnish, but even better and more fun with them!

Pumpkin Maple Cookies with Quark Frosting

Inspired by Joy of Baking
  • 260 g All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Large eggs, room temperature
  • 150 g Light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 120 ml Corn oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 220 g Pumpkin puree
  • 115 g Quark, at room temperature
  • 30 g Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 60 g Powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Pumpkin seeds, roasted
  1. Preheat oven to 165C/325F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, clove, and salt.
  2. Beat the eggs, brown sugar and maple syrup until light and smooth. Beat in oil, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. Sift in the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.
  3. Use a small ice cream scoop to measure about 1/4 cup of batter and place them on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches / 5 cm apart.
  4. Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. Beat the quark cheese and butter until soft and creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until frosting is soft and creamy and of spreading consistency.
  5. Place small dollops of the frosting on each cookie or put the frosting in a piping bag, fitted with a small plain tip, and pipe swirls of frosting on the top of each cookie. Store frosted cookies in the refrigerator.

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Eileen 17/9/11 15:36

Your cookies look delicious. I love autumn because I always look forward to the pumpkin treats that are associated with it.

Sandi G 17/9/11 16:16

The roasted pumpkin seeds add just the right touch :)

Curt 17/9/11 16:38

Very nice. I love pumpkin anything. I really like the seeds on there.

Tina 17/9/11 16:50

Beautiful cookies and clicks...

Rosa's Yummy Yums 17/9/11 17:00

Those cookies are so beautiful! What a fabulous texture and lovely fall flavors.



Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 17/9/11 17:01

The pumpkin seeds are so pretty on these cookies Angie. Hope you have a great weekend.

Belinda @zomppa 17/9/11 17:07

These are so adorable! And perfect for the fall....

lisaiscooking 17/9/11 17:19

I love pumpkin cookies! These look lovely with the pepitas on top.

elisabeth@foodandthrift 17/9/11 17:27

Angie-It's good to know that the Quark cheese you get in Germany is available here, in the states as well, but in a few stores, since not too many people are familiar with it.
Wow, fall is here for sure...at least by you! Lovely and inviting delcious pumpkin cookies. So pretty and decorative. I would want to make this for Halloween, for sure! Very festive:DDD

Pacheco Patty 17/9/11 17:38

How fun are these cookies with their pinwheel icing sprinkled with pumpkin seeds! They look delicious;-)

yummylittlecooks 17/9/11 17:47

What a lovely cookies, love the swirling parts.

Parsley Sage 17/9/11 19:11

Love thsee cookies! Maple and pumpkin go beautifully together and they're perfect for the fall weather :) Plus, they have the word 'quark' in their title and that's LOADS of fun to say!

Betty 17/9/11 20:34

I do love pumpkin cookies, and these look so pretty with their swirl of frosting. I had to look up quark- I didn't know what it was! These would be perfect with a mug of hot cider. :)

Jen at The Three Little Piglets 17/9/11 21:37

These look and sound delicious! But I'm afraid I'm off to go and Google quark now...

Lyndsey 17/9/11 21:47

Funny how some flavors just seem to go together...like maple and pumpkin. I can't believe how pretty they look and all the time you must of spent placing the seeds so nicely on top! It makes for a stunning cookie.

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy 17/9/11 23:36

So beautiful looking..love the color quark frosting and seeds on top!

Kumi 17/9/11 23:59

These cake-cookies look so cute with the frosting and pepitas! Thanks for reminding us of the Autumn goodies... :-)

Priyanka 18/9/11 01:58

I loved your pumpkin cookie...just perfect and beautiful

Taste of Beirut 18/9/11 02:00

Beautiful and refined as are all your creations; love the color and the taste.

Spoon and Chopsticks 18/9/11 02:05

Your pumpkin cookies look perfect! Lovely presentation with beautiful colours.


Marguerite 18/9/11 03:58

Love pumpkin treats and these cookies look absolutely heavenly and delicious! They are very pretty, too and the pumpkin seeds are a perfect touch!

OysterCulture 18/9/11 06:12

As tasty as these look, I think they'd get me into trouble. I'll have to be careful

cookingvarieties 18/9/11 07:26

hi angie, lovely looking pumpkin maple cookies. you are always full of culinary ideas especially on cookies. this is really authentic..bookmarked with thanks :)

Cherine 18/9/11 10:21

Your pumpkin cookies look wonderful.

Lilly 18/9/11 11:03

Oh my, these cookies are just beautiful! I love the swirls with seeds on top; too cute!

Eva 18/9/11 13:28

What a lovely cookie, just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving. My nephew adores pumpkin pie, he'd probably love these too.

Maris (In Good Taste) 18/9/11 13:36

I have a passion for all things pumpkin and these cookies are going right up to the top of my to do list

Kelly 18/9/11 14:23

Hi Angie, I *just* discovered quark this week!! I'm so excited. These cookies are stunners.

Anonymous 18/9/11 14:31

Angie, you make all food look like an art form.
:-) Mandy

Janine 18/9/11 15:07

You're really creative with your recipes - I'd never imagine using pumpkin seeds together with maple in a cookie, AND topped with quark. Definitely sounds like autumn to me :D

Tiffany 18/9/11 15:23

One of my good friend's mom makes quark! I am going to share this recipe with her! And I just adore your pinwheel design! So fun! :D

Lora 18/9/11 15:28

What a great idea to use quark in frosting! The cookies look scrumptious.

Lisa H. 18/9/11 15:44

Lovely cookies...
would love to give it a go but first I must find out whether I could find quark here (any alternative suggestion?)

Deliah's Deli 18/9/11 16:00

it's the season for pumpkins :) this is unique and delicious looking :)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter 18/9/11 16:27

wow these look amazing great for this time of yr thanks for the congrats on the little guy hugs Rebecca

Stephen 18/9/11 17:21

I have been thinking about making cookies and these Fall cookies are inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

Anncoo 18/9/11 18:35

The cookies look so pretty with that little decoration.

Russell at Chasing Delicious 18/9/11 19:08

What a scrumptious recipe! I had no idea what quark was until this post. I love learning new things. Thanks!

Beth 18/9/11 19:39

This looks like a perfect fall recipe. And I love the way you've iced them!

Junia 18/9/11 20:08

gasp, pumpkin cookies!!! esp. ones without butter! this looks fantastic! :D i'm going to try veganizing this!

Sissi 18/9/11 20:24

Soft cookies sound very original! I like the idea of quark frosting.

newlywed 18/9/11 20:55

Yum -- these look great. I am so ready for pumpkin everything! Fall food is the best!

Yesim 18/9/11 21:03

these r definetly looks amazing.. lovely photos, buzzed.. ;)

Anne@frommysweetheart 18/9/11 21:32

Angie...these are beautiful! I love soft, cake like cookies. And these seem perfect....full of fall flavor!

EliFla 18/9/11 22:33

wow..they must be delish..hugs, Flavia

Shilpa 19/9/11 00:16

Pumpkin time! I love the look of the cookies - beautiful and like the fact that you have used corn oil instead of butter....I have been trying to find recipes to use quark in and this one looks great - thank you....just a little butter in the frosting...lovely!

Cheah 19/9/11 02:22

These look unique with the frosting. Love your clicks!

createwithmom 19/9/11 03:42

beautifully decorated cookies Angie
regards Akheela
torviewtoronto and createwithmom

Jasna's kitchen creations 19/9/11 04:01

They look awesome, and according to ingredients, must be delicious!

Jeannie 19/9/11 04:27

I am curious about the taste of these cookies, they look unusual but pretty:) Not sure where to get Quark.

Elin 19/9/11 04:38

Pumpkin is a favorite ingredien for bread, cake and cookies. These cookies looks good and I shall try making them. I have lots of pepitas in the fridge :) so once I get the pumpkin, I shall make them...mmmm can't wait to get the pumpkin :)

Anonymous 19/9/11 04:55

Love these pumpkin cookies. I have not tried quark frosting. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing, Angie.

Joanne 19/9/11 05:15

Isn't everything better with frosting? I love that you used quark for these!

Rumana Rawat 19/9/11 06:08

Very pretty looking cookie's....

kitchen flavours 19/9/11 06:17

These cookies looks delightful! I don't know what Quark is, but these cookies looks delicious!

edith 19/9/11 06:20

I love quarks! My first experience was when I was staying with a German family for a month! Unfortunately I don't know what is the subsitute as I can't find it in Singapore. :(

Zoe 19/9/11 06:42

These cookies are great for the fall season. Using Quark for frosting is a brilliant idea.

busygran 19/9/11 07:53

Totally agree that these would be lovely with a cuppa tea or coffee!

Elies_Lie 19/9/11 11:11

Angie, I must agree with u - as always :D - this cookies LOOKSSS so good & a great one for afternoon tea or even a dessert after breakfast with a hot coffe!!
Loves all the ingredient!
I can't wait to try the recipe dear... & will let u know when I make it, just wish me luck then?! :)
I just wanted you to know that you have an award on my site today...congratulations!

Heavenly Housewife 19/9/11 11:31

These cookies look so comforting and delicious. Now that the weather is starting to get cold again, this makes the perfect snack.
*kisses* HH

FOODESSA 19/9/11 12:43

The love for desserts is in the details.
Angie...not only do I appreciate the sharing of this recipe...I really took to your pumpkin seed decorative skills ;o)

Have a great week and flavourful wishes,

delphcotecuisine 19/9/11 13:17

pumpkins are coming here also and I love these "orange" season
lovely recipe too

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 19/9/11 15:16

They look delicious, pumpkin perfect! I love a cakey cookie with a cream cheese frosting!

Xiaolu 19/9/11 16:27

Love the colors and it looks delicious. So curious about quark but we don't get it here.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 19/9/11 16:36

The best thing about Fall besides the beautiful colors are the delicious pumpkin recipes. These look delicious, Angie! I've never seen quark in the stores here but I'm sure another cheese would work. Love seeing the pepitas again ;)

Ma What's for Dinner 19/9/11 17:00

Hmmm, quarks huh? Look at that! I learned something new today. I can't tell you how much I think I'd adore these cookies! All my favorite stuff all in one light little package. Delicious!

Priya 19/9/11 17:22

Scrumptious and beautiful cookies..

Anonymous 19/9/11 17:40

Wow - those look amazing! I love the pumpkin seeds on top! I am embarrassed to admit, but I had to look up Quark...but YUM! what a creative frosting!

Carolyn 19/9/11 18:28

Quark is such a funny name for a cheese! But with the maple and the pumpkin, I bet these were wonderful!

Sweet And Crumby 19/9/11 18:42

Ok,I am going to Google quark now. I have no idea what that is. I see you are a on a pumpkin kick like I am. LOVE pumpkin! Yay for Fall! Your cookies look so different and delicious!

Anonymous 19/9/11 18:44

Amazing looking cookies:)

Kim @ Foodin New England 19/9/11 19:33

I am going to have to do my homework on quark... i do love your photos as always, and pumpkin and maple... YUM!

blackbookkitchendiaries 19/9/11 19:35

wow!! another stunner right here.... such a beautiful looking cookie. thank you for sharing this with us.

cookingvarieties 19/9/11 20:13

hi angie, i am back for more cookies yum yum delicious crunchies and...
I also have an award to give you, your blog does inspire me- please come over and collect it, thanks and have a nice day.
you dont have to give away this award if you dont want to do so :)

Faith 19/9/11 21:10

The flavors in these beautiful cookies truly are perfect for fall...they look amazing, Angie!

Anonymous 19/9/11 21:21

I really need to start baking with pumpkin. My favorite fall flavor! These cookies look so fluffy and delicious. :)

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tigerfish 19/9/11 22:17

I like the pepitas toppings on the cookies.

sally 19/9/11 22:18

I love the swirl of frosting on these yummy looking cookies! The combination of pumpkin and maple sounds delicious!

Lizzy 19/9/11 22:43

These beautiful cookies look so autumnal! I love pumpkin and all the spices that complement it...yummy cookies!

Juliana 20/9/11 04:18

Angie, these cookies look so tasty, and perfect for Fall...love how you decorated with swirls...
Hope you are having a great week ahead :-)

Monet 20/9/11 05:47

All you had to say was cake-like...I adore cookies like these! And thank you for sharing your delicious recipe! I'm hungry again (we just finished dinner a couple of hours ago). Yummy...as always. Much love from Austin!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' 20/9/11 06:35

I'm loving all your autumn pumpkin recipes, Angie! These cake-like cookies look so delicious and the healthy crunch of seeds always pleases me :)

Christine's Pantry 20/9/11 07:24

Cookies look wonderful. Love the pumpkin seeds. Thanks for sharing.

purabi naha 20/9/11 08:33

Angie, these cookies simply look awesome! I loved this recipe and the presentation!!

Ah Tze 20/9/11 12:00

These cookies are so beautiful! I've not try any spongy cake-like cookies before, hopefully can try on this ^^

briarrose 20/9/11 14:02

It just screams fall is here to me. ;) I do love an unusual, tasty cookie. Great recipe.

Elyse @The Cultural Dish 20/9/11 14:37

Wow! These cookies look and sound incredible! I love pumpkin... and adding maple!? Yes please! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sandra 20/9/11 23:20

I've never heard of Quark before but I'd definetely interested. I bet these smelled wonderful while baking.

nancy at good food matters 22/9/11 21:48

These pumpkin cookies are so appealing, and I think I can find quark at Whole Foods (infrequently used in the U.S.) Perfect garnishment with the pumpkins seeds.

lena 24/9/11 05:22

oh, i got to check out what quark is..

Sue 24/9/11 07:40

These cookies sound like a yummy fall treat! Love the spiral icing!

Mary 24/9/11 16:03

So, I have to admit that I don't even know what quark is. However, these sound and look so good that I am going to look it up now!

Susan 3/10/11 05:49

Gorgeous cookies! So seasonal! Here in the States, we would use cream cheese for the frosting ... love the pepitas atop the frosting! So pretty!


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