Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

These pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing are perfect for fall. Cakey cookies topped with homemade brown butter icing. How can you not love these cookies?

These pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing are perfect for fall. Cakey cookies topped with homemade brown butter icing. How can you not love these cookies?

These cookies will be making a grand appearance at this years Thanksgiving dessert spread.  Do you want to know how delicious they are? Amazingly delicious that is how much!  They have a soft moist cake like texture and are topped with the most delicious brown butter icing. I know I’m back to talking about brown butter.  I can’t help it. It’s so amazing.  The best part about this icing is that you are guaranteed to get the nutty brown butter flavor in each and every bite….yum!  Enjoy!!!

These pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing are perfect for fall. Cakey cookies topped with homemade brown butter icing. How can you not love these cookies?


Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

These pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing is perfect for fall.Cakey cookies topped with homemade brown butter icing. How can you not love these cookies?


For Cookies:
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2-1/4 cup light-brown sugar - packed
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (14 ounces)
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Icing:
4 C. confectioners' sugar - sifted
10 T. unsalted butter
1/4 C. plus 1 T. evaporated milk
2 t. pure vanilla extract


For Cookies:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.

Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs. Reduce speed to low. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, and vanilla; mix until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture; mix until combined.

Transfer 1 1/2 cups batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as Ateco #806). Pipe 1 1/2-inch rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops spring back, about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

For Icing:
Put confectioners' sugar in a large bowl; set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately add butter to confectioners' sugar, scraping any browned bits from sides and bottom of pan. Add evaporated milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spread about 1 teaspoon icing onto each cookie. If icing stiffens, stir in more evaporated milk, a little at a time. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.


34 Responses to “Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing”

  1. #
    donna — November 24, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Congrats on your award..

    Those cookies sound fantastic and I like the touch of browned butter icing on top..

  2. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is — November 24, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I’ve never made brown butter icing, but I think I’d love it.

  3. #
    Amanda — November 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

    These look delish! I made some pumpkin cookies last year and threw in some cinnamon chips – AHHHH MAAAY ZING!

  4. #
    Sarah, Maison Cupcake — November 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

    These look delicious. Sugar-tastic! Well done on the award too.

  5. #
    yvette — November 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I just found your blog and I love it. I can’t wait to try these. Thank you!

  6. #
    jenn — November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome cookies. I love the brown butter icing. Now I’m torn as to what dessert I should be making.

  7. #
    Blond Duck — November 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much! You’re such a dear Invisible Friend and I wish we could meet in real life (and not just so I could eat these cookies.) I’m glad my words mean as much to you as yours do to me on my stories. Brilliant plan: I’ll write stories, you bake, and we’ll sell them together…we’ll make millions.

  8. #
    nutmegnanny — November 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Donna: Thanks! The cookies really do pair well with the brown butter icing.

    Jessica: Trust me you would 🙂

    Amanda: I keep hearing about these cinnamin chips and I can never find them! Perhaps NY does not carry them….hmmmm….

    Sarah: Thanks! It’s the icing that gets you on the sugar…hehe.

    Yvette: Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope you like the cookies.

    Jenn: Make these 🙂

    Blond Duck: You’re so very welcome! I’m all about the baking if you are all about the writing!

  9. #
    Jen — November 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Great post and wonderful cookies! I’m glad that you’ve stuck with blogging. I enjoy seeing what you bake up! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. #
    Faith — November 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Congrats on your award, and thanks so much for passing it on! I’m so happy we started All Through the Year Cheer (I couldn’t have picked a better person to partner with!)…it’s so much fun and I’m so happy to have had the chance to get to know you better…and you’re really nice too! 😀 I love reading your blog and getting inspiration…honestly, it’s because of your gorgeous macarons that I want to try to make them myself (for the 1st time, ever)!

    These pumpkin cookies sound incredible, I love a cake-like pumpkin cookie. And the brown butter icing…well, it’s literally the icing on the cake! 😉

  11. #
    doggybloggy — November 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    congrats! and what an awesome cookie – great frosting!

  12. #
    Mimi — November 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Congratulation on your award. I really enjoy your blog so I hope that you don’t lose interest any time soon.
    The cookies look yummy.

  13. #
    natalia — November 25, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Ciao ! I will have to try your brown butter icing and cookies ! Congratulation for your deserved award , I agree blogging is so much fun, getting to know so many nice people like you !! !

  14. #
    nutmegnanny — November 25, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Jen: Thank you so much 🙂 I’m happy I have stuck with blogging too. It’s one of the first things I haven’t lost interest in!

    Faith: Awww you are so sweet 🙂 I hope you like the macarons. Now get to making them! Then call me and tell me how they turned out…haha.

    Doggy: Thanks! The frosting really is amazing.

    Mimi: The cookies really are yummy. Thanks for reading and enjoying my blog 🙂

  15. #
    Emily — November 25, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Pumpkin cookies are the best! I love these.

  16. #
    Barbara — November 25, 2009 at 7:04 am

    I’ve tried a bunch of pumpkin cookie recipes and didn’t like them for one reason or another. These look terrific! I love brown sugar icing too. Leave it to Martha!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    (Congrats on the award! I agree- we have fun and make so many friends while blogging.)

  17. #
    Amanda — November 25, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Hi Nanny! Your email address wasn’t available in my comments on the Orange Spiral Cookies, and I wasn’t sure if you were subscribed to the comments, so I thought I would come by hear and answer your question about the fresh cranberries in those cookies.

    I don’t think you could substitute fresh for the dried. I think that if you used fresh cranberries, the baking would create too much juice and it would ruin the cookie. I thought about it myself because of my freezer stock pile of cranberries I hoarded this year LOL Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. #
    grace — November 25, 2009 at 8:19 am

    wham! that was me, giving you a burst of happiness. 🙂
    i really love your blog, lady, and i’m glad you started it up. great cookies (which are even better than your typical dessert disc since they’re frosted…), and have a lovely holiday!

  19. #
    Debbie — November 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Congrats on your award and your cookies look delicious. Love the browned butter icing. Your blog is terrific and I so enjoy visiting it. It’s amazing how many people we “meet” in the blogging world. It’s like we have a whole network of friends!!!

  20. #
    Blond Duck — November 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I’ll send you some cinnamon rolls and pie if you’ll send me some of these cookies…

  21. #
    Barbara — November 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Looks like a wonderful cookie! I love the like brown flecks in the icing.

  22. #
    Cakelaw — November 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    What gorgoeus looking cookies Brandy. Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. #
    chayacomfycook — November 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I thought I had commented on this before but I don’t see it.

    This cookie really caught my eye. Has all the good flavor in it.

  24. #
    Reeni — November 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Aww! Thanks! The first time I came to your blog I was so impressed and I was hooked! Your food was yummy, you had great pics and you sounded so sweet(that was the best part)! I’m glad others have discovered the same.

    These cookies sound absolutely delicious! I am a firm believer in brown butter. It makes all things divine!

  25. #
    Liz@HoosierHomemade — November 26, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I’m so glad you stuck with it, I think you’re great! And I love those cookies, they are a favorite here too!

  26. #
    Blond Duck — November 27, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I hope your bf got better and ya’ll were able to go to his Dad’s and have a good Thanksgiving!

  27. #
    girlichef — November 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Oh! These are a beautiful, beautiful creation 😀 Congrats on your award! Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving.

  28. #
    Heavenly Housewife — November 28, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Beautiful cookies. I bet they went down a treat at Thanksgiving. Hope you had a fab holiday *kisses* HH

  29. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 28, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Your cookies sound delicious… Sorry I’m late in commenting – it’s been a busy few days. I appreciate the award… You’re too sweet. Thanks so much!

  30. #
    Beth @ 990 Square — December 8, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I made these cookies in early October (minus the icing) and they were excellent. Your post reminds me that I should make them again!


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