Recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Cookies, from Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars Players is back with our well-meaning but ultimately depressing attempts at food/beverage replication. This time…Spicy Pumpkin Cookies!

I’ve had that pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter for over a month now, delaying the inevitable article about these cookies. I knew that they would take all day to get just right. The resulting recipe shouldn’t take nearly that long.


Despite their lackluster appearance, these were actually delicious, and I would absolutely make them again. However, their appearance was the most important to me while making it. I knew that I’d try to get the color as close as possible, and that after shaping them, I would be putting the pumpkin-shaped dough in the freezer to prevent spreading as much as possible.

I made indents in the dough for the facial features, hoping that the thinner parts would burn a little bit, making the features darker like in the in-game avatar. This didn’t work, but that’s not a big deal. Here’s the recipe!




3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp chili powder

½ cup butter or margarine, melted

½ cup coconut oil, melted

¾ cup of pureed pumpkin

1 ½ cups white sugar

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla


Wow, that seems like a lot of ingredients. I wanted to get a lot of flavors in there, and also figure out how to make pumpkin cookies more crunchy than chewy. I mean, look at that avatar. They look crunchy, right? Pumpkin makes everything softer, so there’s a lot of balancing that has to happen. Hopefully, most of these ingredients are things that you already possess. If you have pumpkin pie mix instead of pumpkin puree, you can use that and omit the brown sugar and reduce the amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and allspice used.



Use a large bowl to whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Then use a medium bowl to combine all of the other ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture slowly as you mix or whisk them together. The batter should seem thick enough to roll out. It may look greasy due to the oil and butter, but as long as it’s not runny and holds its shape, you’re golden.

Isolate some of the dough and use food coloring to make it green. Try to make it a bright green without watering it down, as the color will fade as it cooks. Then make the rest of the dough orange.



The orange was a struggle for me. I ended up adding so much food coloring that the dough was noticeably watered down. I added a bit more flour to even it out, and decided to be happy with the color, even though it was leaning more towards brown.

Make sure you have a large enough surface to roll out the dough. I used the counter and taped aluminum foil to it. Even though I have trust in the cleanliness of the counter, I’m glad I put the foil on, because the dough ended up sweating oil everywhere, especially on my hands.

First, roll out some of the orange dough, to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use any clean straight-edge to cut a straight line across the top.



Then roll out the green dough and straighten the bottom edge. Put them together and stencil a pumpkin shape with the green part as the stem.



Use a spatula to carefully transfer it onto a cookie sheet, and then do this again.

I ate pinches of the raw dough here and there, wherever the colors combined. I didn’t want them to mix except at that one point. You can do the same, since it’s technically safe. There are no eggs in this recipe.

Once a cookie sheet is filled, put it in the freezer. Not only does this help keep the pumpkin shape while it bakes, but it makes carving the faces much easier.

When a full sheet of cookies has been in the freezer for a few minutes, carve out the faces with the avatar as a reference. I used a mechanical pencil without any lead in it. You can just use anything that works. Make the facial features a little smaller or thinner than you want them to be, because they’ll spread in the oven. Once you’re done, smooth out the eyes and mouth with your fingers. Any ridges will show in the finished cookie.



When you’re almost done with all of the faces, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Keep the cookies in the freezer until the oven’s fully preheated, then transfer all of them to the oven. Depending on the oven and other factors, the cookies will take from 10 to 15 minutes to bake. To see if they’re ready, look at the bottoms of the cookies and make sure they’re brown. Also, the tops of the cookies will look oily up until the point that you can take them out.


And there you have it! Pretty accurate-looking Spicy Pumpkin Cookies. Admittedly, they are a little dry, but dipped in coffee, they’re absolutely perfect. It’s unbelievable how well they go together.

Join us in a month or so when we start making Wintersday treats! Happy Halloween!

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