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Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

These soft cookies are like mini pumpkin cakes -- and you're guaranteed to get a bit of sweet, brown-butter-flecked icing in every bite.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004



Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

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  • ALR5256379DW
    9 OCT, 2018
    I was surprised by, but liked the fluffy, spongy texture and the enjoyed the pumpkin pie flavor. My daughter and I used fresh pumpkin puree and added cloves and allspice, and put one candy corn in the top of each cookie and skipped the frosting. Delicious. They taste deceptively healthy. However, after sitting in an airtight container overnight, they are slightly mushy. I would have preferred a way for them to be crispy on the bottom and/or top. I'll be looking for a crispier pumpkin cookie recipe, or perhaps make macarons instead.
  • MS10759099
    11 NOV, 2016
    I'm making these now and the ingredients say 1 1/2 sticks of butter (12 T) which is what is used for the cookies. Then the frosting says to melt the remaining 10 tablespoons of butter. Are there 22 tablespoons of butter for the entire recipe or is there a lesser amount used for the cookies and frosting?
    • MS10875000
      11 NOV, 2017
      There is a whole section of the recipe missing. I saw the same issue. I looked it up in her cookie cook book.
  • kali.stanland
    19 OCT, 2015
    Fantastic recipe. (especially for those that like sweet) The first time I made it, I found it too sweet. But that's my opinion as I do not like things that sweet. So this time...I added only 1.5 cups of raw sugar and a tablespoon of molasses instead of the brown sugar. I also only added 1 tsp of salt. And something extra to add more ymminess...Dark Chocolate chips. And because I LOVE fresh ginger and pumpkin, I added a little extra pumpkin and candied ginger instead of ground ginger. :)
  • annaetroygma
    18 OCT, 2015
    Made this yesterday and it was a big hit. The cookies are delicious and fluffy - almost like a moon pie. My frosting came out nice and thick (although I could have used more!) and I sprinkled some Halloween sprinkles to really maximize the Halloween spirit! I thought at first the cookies needed more time, but they were springy to the touch, so don't worry if they don't brown too much!
  • Mamma Louise
    4 APR, 2015
    I forgot to add the canned milk and they turned out great, not flat, more cake like and easy to ice. They were a big hit!
  • lct72
    21 DEC, 2014
    Made the recipe as is and they came out great. The cookies were not quite pancake flat but they are flatter than what I was expecting. I halved the icing which worked perfectly for the number of cookies I had (59 - many were eaten before they were iced they are that good!). They look better with the icing but I don't think the icing does anything spectacular for them - I may try adding cinnamon or something next time. These cookies are mini pumpkin cakes! Yum!
  • Melissa_T
    2 DEC, 2014
    These came out wonderful! My 3-yr-old loved them. I did not pipe the cookie batter as instructed, but used a cookie scoop to scoop round cookie batter onto the cookie sheets and they turned out fine. My icing was the same consistency as the photos and I had barely enough for the cookies I made. I will definitely make these again! A yummy pumpkin cookie!
  • Sondra Baker
    8 FEB, 2014
    I made these and they turned out absolutely wonderful! ....but when it came to the frosting, well, it turned out more like a glaze. It was still delicious but I was really hoping to get the pretty and fluffy icing that's in the pictures! Any help?
  • tanacoleman1990
    28 OCT, 2013
    I made the cookies the other day and brought it to my women group and they were a HUGE hit. This will be my go to choice for cookies this season.
  • kmsullivan90
    13 OCT, 2013
    Delicious. You only need to make about half of the icing , and you will still probably have extra. This is a keeper.

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