At mile 22 of any marathon. Everyone, across the board, is angry.

You’re angry at yourself, your spouse, your coaches, your best friend…anyone who told you that this was a good idea.  (Really, the only reason you keep trudging yourself towards that finish line is because you want to smack them and you want to smack them NOW.  In fact…they should be the ones running.  Away from you.)

You’re angry at that person on the side of the road who keeps telling you you’re almost there.  Seriously?  Four miles is not almost.  Especially not when every step feels like a mile and every minute feels like a lifetime and you’ve been on your feet for FOUR HOURS.  (You might smack that person on the side of the road.  And really?  No one would blame you for it.)

You’re angry at anyone who is faster than you because they are probably sitting in an ice bath right now at this very moment.  (You would give anything for an ice bath right now.  That’s how desperate things have gotten.)

You’re angry at anyone who is slower than you because maybe their legs hurt less?  I don’t know.  There’s no good reason to be mad at these people…but you just are.  You would turn around and smack them too but…that would mean more running.  No judgment.  I understand. I’ve been there.


Yup.  Mile 22 is a rough mile.  Especially when you’re running on your own.

There’s only so much time you can spend alone with your own thoughts before you want to smack yourself, too.

Mile 22. Is that upper limit.

But what if you’re running with someone else?  Someone else who will talk you through it when you hit your wall.  Someone else who will tell you ridiculous stories about their super adorable kids.

Someone else who will discuss pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie and all of the ice cream you are going to eat when this damn thing is over…


So…maybe mile 22 won’t be so bad after all.

At the least…maybe my friend Michelle, who I’ll (hopefully, so long as my MRI today comes back stress fracture free!) be running my marathon with in a little under two weeks from now, will have some more recipes as delicious as these pumpkin cookies up her sleeve for us to gossip about when things get rough.

Um, yeah. You can totally gossip about cookies.  At least…at mile 22 you can.


These pumpkin cookies have the texture of pumpkin cake, but in cookie form.  And like all good spiced fall baked goods, they taste better the day AFTER you make them.  And by better…I mean my roommate who can barely finish a single cookie (she’s weird) ate four of them last night.  In a row.  Do it.

Pumpkin Cookies with a Brown Sugar Glaze
Makes about 30, adapted from my friend Michelle


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or whatever nut you have on hand!)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl, cream butter and combine with sugar on high speed for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.  Beat well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Sift together.  Combine flour mixture with the butter/sugar/pumpkin mixture until just combined.  Stir in hazelnuts.
  3. Drop batter in heaping tbsps onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.  Bake 10-15 minutes (mine took 12 minutes) or until just starting to get a bit brown around the edges.  Basically, I felt the tops of them and when I thought they’d be done cooking in another minute, I took them out because they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.  While cookies are cooling, make the frosting – in a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter over low heat, stirring, until the butter is melted and the brown sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar, whisking until no lumps are present.  Ice cookies with the frosting.

I am submitting these to Bake with Bizzy!


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97 Responses to Pumpkin Hazelnut Cookies with a Brown Sugar Glaze

  1. bellini says:

    Hurray for pumpkin season and conversations about pumpkin cookies.

  2. I’ll be crossing your fingers you don’t have a stress fracture! Shins? Oh man, I just started running again after a bout of tenditis and am loving it–2.5 miles yesterday. I used to do 30 a week!

    I’m totally making these for my sister’s birthday. Can I feature them on my blog?

  3. Your awesome,i would be snippy by mile 1. Loving these pumpkin treats,

  4. OohLookBel says:

    I would love to have a cookie-discussing friend. In the meantime, I’ll just drool over your mouth-watering pics and recipe. Well done on all your marathons =)

  5. That Girl says:

    I never did a marathon, but I get mile 22 around mile 11 of my halves. That’s where I start questioning my sanity and vowing never to do this crap again.

  6. Love the combo of hazelnut and pumpkin. Never would have thought to do that- I think that statement is becoming a theme to my comments here on your blog:)These would be perfect for my littel guy’s class. I have to bake them something in the next week or so and bring it by!

  7. These cookies look fantastic- almost enough to bribe me to get to 22 miles of running. Ok, maybe not. I’ll just live vicariously through you and eat the cookies anyway:-)

  8. sally says:

    I hope your MRI goes well and that you will think of these yummy cookies instead of smacking people during your race!

  9. Never had pumpkin cake or cookies – deprived life so far! Running a marathon is probably like a bad hangover – when the headache is at its peak promises are made to never drink again, and promises are never kept:)

  10. Me too, like Three-cookies. 22 miles is too much for me, 2 miles maybe hehe

  11. Good luck with your marathon, Joanne. 🙂 I definitely found riding with friends made all the difference. There is no way I could have done all that cycling without that encouragement.. or mutual soreness. 😉

  12. These look AWESOME! My first ever marathon is this coming Sunday… Now these delicious looking cookies might be what’s on my mind come mile 22, haha. 🙂 Good luck with your MRI!

  13. Foodycat says:

    Again, I love the marathon stories along with the carby treats! These look gorgeous!

  14. Claudie says:

    I hope your MRI comes back stress fracture free today! (Although, I suspect that, if it does, you’ll end up wanting to smack me too at mile 22 for hoping so 😉 )
    Those cookies look fabulous and, loving to have my cake in small bites, I think they’ll do a perfect job.

  15. ~Bee says:

    I am LOVINGGG all the pumpkin things in the blogosphere right now!–I got pumpkin muffins on mine, hehe–and props for running a marathon 🙂 My little legs would probably DIE halfway through mile ONE!

  16. Danielle says:

    Anither fun pumpkin recipe to bookmark!

  17. Can you run and talk? At the same time? On Mile 22? You’re my hero!

    Camila Faria

  18. It shows how fabulous this cookies is even your roommate loves them! Pass me some for my tea time please…

  19. Crossing my fingers for you that you get to run in a couple weeks. And that mile 22 is bearable. And that someone with these cookies is at the finish line.

  20. wow great cookies and all the best for mile 22 you must connect with Lauren from @foodtrainers

  21. Elizabeth says:

    YES. A brown sugar glaze is the one topping I would accept with pumpkin in place of cream cheese frosting. Or maple.

  22. That is exactly what I need. What I’ve always needed. Do you know how much more running I would do if there was someone with me talking about food? And, if these cookies were waiting for me when I finished… Love these.

  23. Wow these sound amazing! I love pairing pumpkin with Nutella, so I bet hazelnuts are perfect!

  24. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I have fallen in love! These cookies sounds amazing. I will gladly eat three…or four…

  25. theUngourmet says:

    I can’t imagine running even 1 mile…unless I had a lion chasing me. 😀 You amaze me! Your cookies amaze me too. The icing puts them over the top! Yum.

    Happy Wednesday.

  26. Shannon says:

    Yum. What you really need is a good friend (who, me?!) to meet you at mile 22 and give you these cookies!

  27. Veronica says:

    LOL! You are such a hoot. I’m glad you have a friend to gossip about cookies with when things get rough during verrrrrrry crazy long runs. Good luck with the marathon! Woot! Oh yeah, and these cookies look sooo good to me right now. I need one.

  28. Amy says:

    My sister just finished her 3rd half-marathon this past weekend. And I’m doing my 3rd round of Insanity. We both remarked about how long 15 seconds can seem.

    And also? Giving birth – same sort of being angry takes over. You sort of want to tell everyone to shut the hell up. Even in the next county.

    YAY for cookies.

  29. Megan says:

    I think I’m finally ready to bake pumpkin things after seeing these drool-worthy cookies!

  30. Yum…pumpkin & hazelnut sound great together! I love the fact that these are cakey..Superlike!

  31. Ranjani says:

    These cookies look awesome! How the heck do you have time to do an MD/PhD, run marathons, and cook so many delicious things??

  32. Ali says:

    I’ve not yet found a partner to take me through the 22 mile run yet but my will your pumpkin cookie really calm me down. Looks so delicious. Love the photo 🙂

  33. Pam says:

    I may just have to make these VERY SOON. Hope the MRI turns out okay. Good luck with the marathon (although, I think you are c.r.a.z.y.). 😉

  34. Sook says:

    I can almost smell the baked pumpkin cookies… I love it! Time to cook with some pumpkin now… 🙂

  35. debbie says:

    Hope that you are doing well and don’t have a stress fracture…MRI, huh? I schedule those at the hospital I work at and the big question for this test is always…are you claustrophobic! They can be tight! Anyhow, the cookies look fantastic…so perfect for right now!

  36. girl, i don’t even like pumpking but i’d devour these. they look soo good. PS, fingers crossed on the MRI!

  37. Sam says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I was drooling over these at 8AM when I saw the post at work this morning and haven’t stopped thinking about them all day. I know what I’m doing over the long weekend…

  38. newlywed says:

    Hope the MRI yielded good news for you!

  39. daphne says:

    hehee, channel the anger to more running and baking! 😉 hope the mri comes out ALL CLEAR! and how many ways of baking can u come up with pumpkin? I would really like to have a taste of this.

  40. brocstar says:

    Ergh I hope everything is alright with the MRI. I had a sfx in between the 3/4 metatarsals on my foot last summer… it was hell!

  41. I so want to make these.

    Let us know the results of the MRI.

  42. Mile 22 sucks no matter what. Even with cookies & someone to talk to. Knowing that these are waiting at the finish line & in bed that night are a whole other story. Cookie love here.

  43. kelly says:

    Ok, let me get this straight, are you a medical intern at this stage? How, oh, how, do you have time to dream up and materialize all of these incredible concoctions?? You amaze me with the breadth and quality of your work. Gorgeous cookies and photography Joanne.

  44. Johanna GGG says:

    they look excellent but really I fear that I would be so cross at 22km that I would just smack the person right next to me even if they were really nice – though I am sure you are a better person than I 🙂

  45. Reeni says:

    Pumpkin and brown sugar — yes please?! I have no problem eating cookies – I’ll take four too. And all your roommates share from this point on!

  46. After 22 miles I’d eat the whole darn batch. I ran a half marathon once. I vowed I’d never run a full. A half is long enough. I can’t even imagine 22 miles. That’s like forever.

  47. Miriam says:

    The cookies look awesome! Sorry about mile 22 🙂
    Miriam@Meatless Meals Foe Meat Eaters

  48. Amy says:

    These cookies look so great – perfect for fall!

  49. These cookies just look beyond delicious!! We love hazelnuts and pumpkin so these probably would get eaten pretty fast around here!!

  50. I couldn’t even get to mile 1 but I wouldn’t mind a few of those cookies, they look fantastic! Hope your MRI report is good!

  51. Barbara says:

    I’ve been waiting for a pumpkin cookie! Someone had a recipe last fall and they were terrible!! These look marvelous. How about a little maple syrup with the confectioner’s sugar??

    Mile 22 is a bitch. Helps to have someone take your mind off it…especially with food.

  52. Gorgeous cookies! They look absolutely stunning.



  53. Shirley says:

    My kids would love these!

  54. You mean, mean girl. You KNOW I am having pumpkin issues and this weekend these will be the first pumpkin thing I bake. They look SO good. So good. Glad you have found a good running partner. I have found a good sitting still partner. She’s golden and has lots of hair.

  55. I would not have thought of pumpkin and hazelnit together, but WOW and the glaze just puts the cookies over the top!

  56. Mary says:

    Girl, your roommate is weird. Just sayin’

    These cookies sound fabulous! I adore pumpkin cake and muffins and everything related. I need to try these.

    Side note: Being allergic to kiwi is so very wrong. On the plus side, it beats an allergy to a more common fruit, right?

  57. Mo 'Betta says:

    yummmm, these look fantastic. I just posted your Honey Pumpkin Muffins. And mile 22?!! I feel that way at mile 2. 22 is not even comprehensible to me. I’m in awe 🙂 Hope your MRI is fracture free!

  58. Rachel says:

    I saw these on Bizzy Bakes and they looked amazing! Good luck with your marathon and your MRI. It’s been a few years since I’ve run one, but at mile 22, you’re almost there – being at mile 22 with a friend just makes that knowledge even better!

  59. Mmmmm….these look splendid, Joanne!!! They are a perfect fall treat! I hope you are having a wonderful week!


  60. It would have been nice to have a dozen or so of these little gems at Mile 22! Please don’t smack me for saying this like that side-of-the-road annoying person, but: So happy that you went the distance! – Donna

  61. Beth says:

    Be still my heart. These look unbelievable. And thanks for giving me permission to use “whatever I have on hand”. I will!

  62. These sound so yummy!! It’s that time of year when all I want is pumpkin

  63. Patsyk says:

    Hope your MRI comes back stress-fracture free! I can imagine how angry I would be if someone convinced me that running a full marathon… and it would happen well before mile 22! 😉

    Those cookies look amazing… I bet they wouldn’t last long in my house!

  64. Oh my, I could devour a mess of these beauties right now. 🙂 I’m craving all this fall-ish right now, and have one week to go before I’m back in my lovely Oz kitchen baking up a storm. 🙂

  65. Tasha says:

    These sound oh so awesome. I keep forgetting to pick up pumpkin whenever I go to the store 🙁

  66. kankana says:

    how do you do all the running I will never know .. 22 miles :O
    U are good .. way good!
    These cookies are in my bookmark now… never made with pumpkins and this is definitely the perfect time.

  67. Catherine says:

    Sounds delicious. I love all the pumpkin recipes this time of year. I hope that your MRI goes well. Blessings, Catherine xo

  68. Julie says:

    i think everyone who ever makes it to mile 22 needs someone standing there handing them cookies.

  69. Carolyn Jung says:

    I think I’d much rather eat 22 of these cookies than run 22 miles! 😉

  70. polwig says:

    These look amazing and what a great friend you have to run with. My brother met me at mile 20 of the Chi marathon and ran with me for 5 miles, he talked I gasped for air. I realized at the end that the .2 really makes a difference when you think you are almost there, the finish line is not close enough… keeping my fingers crossed with MRI.

  71. Jeanette says:

    Hope you are injury free. Love the idea of a pumpkin cookie with a pumpkin cake texture.

  72. wishing for good news, and i must join the pumpkin madness soon hehehe

  73. elly says:

    These look nothing short of amazing. LOVE the hazelnuts in them. Yum.

  74. These cookies…I cannot stop staring at them, they look incredible!!! The pumpkin madness has begun and I am enjoying every second of it 🙂 Starting with this!

  75. Mile 22?? Girl, I’m barely makin’ it at mile 11. Either way, it never hurts to fantasize about yummy goodies to help you through, and I’m sure you rocked it! I made these for a dinner party last night, and the couple’s little girls (ages 7 and 4) ate about 6 each, and on their way up to bed I overheard “Weren’t those the BEST cookies you ever had? I hope Mom gets the recipe!”. Felt pretty good to be validated by a 7 year old!

  76. I will never know ANYTHING about mile 22. Or mile 2. LOL. Hope you’re feeling okay. Cookies look amazing!

  77. Kerstin says:

    Yay for pumpkin, they look delicious! I could probably be convinced to run a marathon if I knew these were waiting for me at the end… 🙂

  78. gaga says:

    I’m so excited about all the pumpkin recipes I’ve been seeing lately. This one is at the top of the list, yum!

  79. Your Little Sister says:

    now, i know i shouldnt be harrasing your blog, and i probably shouldnt be stalking you, BUT I AM ! why didnt you make me some of these cookies! you should teach me how to make them so i can make them for YOU instead of you making them for me for a change. so i love you bye 🙂

  80. My Picadillo says:

    These cookies look delicious. What a great combination. I will definitely be making these soon.

  81. Esi says:

    I still haven’t decided what to make with my recently acquired can of pumpkin. This looks like a good contender

  82. Esi says:

    I still haven’t decided what to make with my recently acquired can of pumpkin. This looks like a good contender

  83. Esi says:

    I still haven’t decided what to make with my recently acquired can of pumpkin. This looks like a good contender

  84. A perfect fall cookie! I have a long neck pumpkin that I plan to cook tomorrow, and some cookies would be wonderful. 🙂

  85. I think mile 2 would suck for me. 😉 These cookies look soft and chewy and perfect for fall. I just want a bowl of the brown sugar glaze too.

  86. Lora says:

    Simply Gorgeous Fall Cookies.

  87. Yosha says:

    these look so good, I am on a pumpkin kick lately.

    5 km is a bit intimidating, so I can’t imagine 22 miles just yet!

    Heard a story on the radio about a woman finishing the Chicago marathon in 6 hours and change and then an hour later giving birth! Oh yes and she beat her husband by something like 19 mins!

  88. Eliana says:

    I can gossip about cookies at any time. These cookies look like they can get me through just about anything.

  89. Katelyn says:

    Ha! I love reading your running stories. I hope you are stress fracture free though.

    And those cookies, you had me at pumpkin. But with a brown sugar glaze? I might be making these tonight.

  90. Cara says:

    I don’t want to know about people who can’t finish cookies. I want to know more about pumpkin, and hazelnuts. Yum!

  91. I’m usually not a fan of pumpkin cookies but that brown sugar glaze is making me want to eat these!!

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