Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

Pumpkin and spice star in a melt-in-your-mouth cookie topped with a special homemade frosting.


30 servings

Cookies Ingredients

2/3 cup granulated (white) sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (from 15-ounce can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Browned Butter Frosting Ingredients

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


Preheat the oven to 375°F (191°C).

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 baking sheets, drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in center. Immediately remove from baking sheets to wire 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.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes/batch
Cooling Time: 45 minutes

Additional Information

Spice up these cookies by adding 1/8 teaspoon each ground cloves and ground ginger with the flour.

Instead of making Browned Butter Frosting, use a 1-pound container of Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy dulce de leche (caramel) frosting.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Cookie): Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 7 g (Saturated Fat 4 1/2 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 30 mg; Sodium 135 mg; Total Carbohydrate 29 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 21 g), Protein 2 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 2

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