Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

by Carrie on September 22, 2009

It is officially fall!

Fall is my favorite season no doubt about it, I love the weather, I love the comfort food, I love curling up under the blanket, and I love watching football on Sunday, really it’s a good excuse for a nap. And I love the fall colors, in my opinion there is no other season as pretty as fall.

Sadly the poll I posted about what to bake to welcome in fall didn’t seem to work, so I am going to be baking one of those recipes for the next few weeks. For today I decided to make some simple cookies.

I use to say I don’t like pumpkin but I am beginning to think I just don’t like pumpkin pie as last year I discovered cookies and muffins I loved and these cookies were amazing. This frosting is something I have never heard of, or made before but it was amazing it was the perfect touch on top of these cookies.

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting (From: Betty Crocker)

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (from 15-oz can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Browned Butter Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 cup butter (do not use margarine or spread; it will burn)

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended. Beat in pumpkin and eggs until well mixed. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

In medium bowl, place powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until light brown.

Pour browned butter over powdered sugar mixture. Beat on low speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Gradually add just enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon milk to make frosting creamy and spreadable. Generously frost cooled cookies.

© 2009, Carrie. All rights reserved.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin September 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

These look great! I just made pumpkin cookies too! Although mine weren’t frosted. I bet that browned butter frosting was yummy!


2 Stephanie September 23, 2009 at 7:37 am

Those look delicious! I will definitely give these a try. My husband loves anything frosted, so he should enjoy these sweet treats!


3 michelle September 23, 2009 at 8:23 am

I have been waiting for you to post about these, they sound so good right now!


4 Kate September 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

I love pumpkin AND pumpkin pie – so these look fantastic to me!


5 Chris September 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

You had me at Brown Butter Frosting. Never made it, but it sounds fabulous (I love Brown Butter sauces). I can’t wait to give it a try!


6 Amber October 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

These sound delicious. I love using browned butter, it ads such an awesome flavor to foods.


7 dawn October 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

these cookies are very similar to my families recipe. everyone argues over them. they are amazing!!


8 Cooking Girl May 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

These are fantastic. I don’t use canned pumpkin because where I live dosen’t support those. I used fresh pumpkin. I didn’t use so much butter, just a tablespoon. My cookies turned out the way I didn’t expect it to be, though. The bottom was very moist, not like the cookies I expected. These are fab, thanks for the simple, but yummy recipe. I been searching for hours and found this. ^^

– Kalya Miz


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