Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing

8 Nov

Okay, first things first. I’m not, nor have I ever been a fan of anything pumpkin. Every Thanksgiving everyone goes on and on about pumpkin pie, and no matter how much I wanted to I’ve never been able to convince myself I like it. I think it’s a texture thing. However, I will say, I have been known to do some damage on pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. {We’ve already discussed my unhealthy addiction to cream cheese frosting, and I’m not sure there’s much I wouldn’t scarf down underneath a thick layer of it!} But any who, that’s another post entirely! 😉

Back to the pumpkin cookies! I saw these and although I’m not a fan of pumpkin I decided to give them a go because it’s the beginning of November I’m feeling festive in the Thanksgiving mood! I AM SO GLAD I MADE THESE! Seriously! Not only did my family experience Brown Butter Icing in all it’s glory for the first time, but these cookies are absolutely phenomenal! Actually, I preferred the cookies plain without any icing, that is how amazing these are. Martha Stewart nailed it when she said, “these pillowy spice cookies transform pumpkin pie flavors into portable treats.”

Make these. You will be so glad you did! So will your family and friends, if you give some away fast before you eat every last one of them!

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown-Butter Icing

Yield: 36 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Bake Time: 12 to 15 minutes


For the Cookies:
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1¼ teaspoons ground ginger
¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups light brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1½ cups canned pumpkin
¾ cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Icing: Click Below!

Brown Butter Icing Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the pumpkin, half-and-half and vanilla. Beat until very well blended, about 2 minutes (the batter may look grainy at this point, but don’t worry, it will come together). Keep the mixer on low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to give it a final mix, incorporating any flour on the sides and scraping the bottom of the bowl.

4. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop balls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1½ inches between them. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies spring back when lightly pressed. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes then remove them to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Note #1: You can substitute evaporated milk for the half-and-half in both the cookies and the icing.

Note #2: If you don’t have a cookie scoop, transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitting with a plain tip (or use a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off) and pipe 1½-inch rounds onto the prepared baking sheet.

{Recipe Source: Brown Eyed Baker, originally from Martha Stewart}

OH! P.S. Wouldn’t these be amazing for football games and tailgating?! Especially if you’re piping them, it’d be super easy to pipe them into football shapes instead of circles, and then pipe the frosting on like stitching! You would be everyone’s favorite person ever!


3 Responses to “Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing”

  1. shelly (cookies and cups) November 9, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    These sound amazing!! Very cute site 🙂

  2. alleyo {AtHomeWithAlley} November 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Thank you!! Your comment means SO much to me!


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