Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

Happy Halloween!  Not only is it Halloween today, but this is my 400th post on the blog!  I have a few posts lined up for the coming days, but wanted this one to be something really good.

I have been seeing this recipe pop up on many blogs lately and wanted to try it.  For one thing, I love all things pumpkin.  I also love browned butter.  And let me tell you, this frosting is what dreams are made of.  It was all I could do to tear myself away from the frosting bowl.  You can’t help it, your first bite makes you just sigh in delight.  My 3-year-old even loves them, and she’s picky as all get out!

Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting
Recipe from Prevention RD, originally from Betty Crocker

2/3 cup white granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Browned Butter Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 tbsp 1 % milk
1/3 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 375.  In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl if you use a hand mixer) beat together the sugars, butter and 1 tsp vanilla, scraping occasionally.
  • Mix in pumpkin and eggs until well incorporated, then beat in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons full onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I used a silicone baking mat). Bake 10-12 minutes or until done.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • While they are cooling, make the icing.  In a medium bowl mix together the powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 3 tbsp milk.  In a small saucepan, melt 1/3 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly until it turns a golden brown.  Pour into the powdered sugar mixture and beat on low-speed about a minute, or till smooth.  If needed, you can gradually add more of the remaining tablespoon of milk to make it creamy and spreadable.  Generously frost the cookies – I found it easiest to dip them into the icing and place back on the wire rack to let the icing harden some.

Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting


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