Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing


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brown butter 5 brown butter 16 Hello, friends! How’s everybody? Today we are chugging along with more pumpkin things. Are you sick of it yet? Good. Me neither! I’m going to level with you… these are cakey pumpkin cookies. Because, as of right now, I don’t have a perfect chewy pumpkin cookie recipe that I really love. But I’m working on it. Just you wait. It’s funny because Sally at one of my favorite blogs was just talking about this the other day…. pumpkin turns everything it touches into dense and cake-like baked goods. But when you want a cookie, you want a cookie, not a miniature-sized cake disguised as a “cookie”. Right? Right.

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Alas, that is what I’m giving you!! A recipe for pumpkin mini-cakes labeled as cookies. No matter. They are still lovely. Until I find that perfect chewy pumpkin cookie, I continue to make these. A cakey pumpkin cookie still has its time and place! These are ridiculously delicious. This recipe is old, old, old. It’s another one that was born out of my law school days when the only life I had outside of studying was experimenting in my kitchen. It’s tried-and-true deliciousness for the ages.

These are soft and tender little pillows of pumpkin goodness combined with the best fall spices. It doesn’t stop there. They are then slathered in an amazing brown butter icing. If there is something better than brown butter in this world, then I’m not aware of it.

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They are a perfect and balanced combination of some of the best flavors of fall. Like a party for autumn in a cookie (Errr, a mini-cake?). Have a fall party in your mouth! Make this pumpkin cookie recipe. You will not be sorry. I made them last week. We ate them all in about 2 days. And now they must happen again.

brown butter 7 Yes, you caught me. There are little powdered sugar clumps in the icing. Let’s pretend those aren’t there, shall we? Also… the cookie with the bite looks like Pac-Man, doesn’t it? Adventures in learning how to photograph food, people. That is what you’re witnessing here. :)

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Brown Butter Icing
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A soft and tender cake-like pumpkin cookie with pumpkin pie spices, slathered with an amazing brown butter icing!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36 cookies
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • ¾ c. white sugar
  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2½ c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. clove
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. unsalted butter
  • ¼ c. evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  2. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla; beat until well-blended.
  3. In another large bowl, combine remaining ingredients (all the dry cookie ingredients).
  4. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and beat until just combined.
  5. Drop on cookie sheets by tablespoonfuls, and flatten slightly.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Remove cookies to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  1. Put the powdered sugar in a medium bowl, and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown. (About 6-8 minutes.)
  3. Remove from heat and immediately pour the browned butter over powdered sugar.
  4. Whisk until somewhat mixed (it won't be quite enough liquid to saturate the sugar, but mix until butter is absorbed).
  5. Add evaporated milk and vanilla, and vigorously whisk until smooth.
  6. Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of icing onto each cookie. Enjoy!

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Hello, fall! I have missed you since last year, old friend. Try these cookies, dear readers! I hope you love them!


  1. says

    That made me laugh that you mentionned Sally’s Baking Addiction’s pumpkin cookies, because I had just finished making her pumpkin chocolate chip cookies when I read this! Still a bit cake-y but definitely less so than most pumpkin cookies! I love the brown butter icing on these, brown butter is so good.

    • says

      I’m now convinced that a truly chewy pumpkin cookie doesn’t exist! I can’t seem to make it happen without sacrificing pumpkin flavor, which, HELLO, is all I really want anyway! Haha. But these are excellent even if they fall under the ‘cakey’ category! Brown butter… best stuff on the planet, right? Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!! :)

  2. says

    I just went to a birthday party and the host served cookie that looked exactly like this that she purchased from a bakery! They were amazing like these sound and look! PINNED because now I can make these sweet treats at home! Sweet! :–)
    Saying hello from the craft o maniac link party!

    • says

      Hi Cathy! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you like this recipe – the cookies are unbelievably good! The brown butter icing… there are no words to describe! Haha. Thank you for pinning! I’ve followed you as well because I took note of your Apple Cider Doughnut Cake recently on another link party and it sounded delicious. Happy Sunday to you!

    • says

      Oh, how funny because I saw your Cobbler recipe in the linkup and hadn’t had a chance yet to leave a comment! Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it. Btw, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog name! :)

  3. says

    These look amazing! I have a pumpkin pie recipe I love, Pumpkin bread and even a pumpkin spice latte recipe I adore, but pumpkin cookies! Yay! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try!

    • says

      Hi Gwen! I’m so glad you like the cookie recipe! Try them! They’re delicious and easy, and the icing is AMAZING!! Thanks for stopping by here! Have a fabulous day. :)

    • says

      I feel the same way! These are definitely a cookie euphoria for me. I can’t get enough pumpkin things right now and I heart brown butter so much. Definitely one of my favorite things on the planet. Haha! Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! :)

  4. says

    I didn’t know what the big deal was about brown butter. Then I made it. OH.MY.WORD. That’s why I immediately clicked over here from Mouthwatering Mondays! Love your blog, love this recipe. Yum! Pinning. :)

    • says

      I know – it’s funny that butter is sooooooooo incredible and amazing when you basically cook the heck out of it. Who would’ve thought? But it is! Haha. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your kind comment! :)

    • says

      Hi Sami! Yes, I love these cookies. I have tried a lot of different pumpkin cookies, and so far, these are my favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. says

    Thank you for linking up these delicious looking cookies to Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop last week.

    I am adding them to my Cookie Roundup post.

    Diane Roark

    • says

      Hi Diane! Thanks so much for popping over here, and for including me in the cookie roundup! I feel so honored. I appreciate it! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!! :)


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