Brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies recipe on @beardandbonnet

Hey, hey we are almost to the finish line with our 12 days of cookies and day 11 is sure to be a holiday hit! I say let’s bring pumpkin right on into Christmas and give Santa a little bit of an unexpected twist on his cookie plate this year with these delightfully cakey brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies.

Look, I know what you are thinking – pumpkin is a fall thang, but my friend I implore you to break out that pumpkin puree for just a bit longer. These cookies are incredible – cakey, pillowy and light with a decadent brown butter icing that is sure to make your Santa baby swoon!

Brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies recipe on @beardandbonnet

While easy to make, I highly suggest investing in a cookie scoop for this recipe as the batter is on the loose side – it will make measuring out mounds of dough much easier and your cookies will come out of the oven beautifully round and perfectly proportioned – although any oblong cookies you may pull out of the oven are still pretty darn tasty!

Brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies recipe on @beardandbonnet

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Brown Butter Iced Pumpkin Cookies

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert


  • 2 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour, I used King Arthur multi purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the eggs. Reduce the speed to low and add the pumpkin, evaporated milk and vanilla; mix well about 2 minutes (Batter will be loose). Add the flour mixture; mix until combined.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to place 1 1/2 tablespoon full mounds of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake the cookies, rotating the pans halfway through, until the tops spring back, about 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

For the icing

  1. Place the confectioner’s sugar in a large mixing bowl. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately, add the butter to the confectioner’s sugar, scraping any browned bits from sides and bottom of pan. Add the evaporated milk and vanilla then stir until smooth.
  2. Spread approximately 1 teaspoon of icing onto each cookie. If the icing becomes too stiff , stir in more evaporated milk a little at a time.
  3. Lightly grate fresh nutmeg over the tops of the iced cookies and store in a single layer at room temperature. These cookies are best the day they are made, but can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days
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  1. Laurel October 11, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Could I substitute all purpose flour for the gluten free flour mix? Thanks.

    1. thismess October 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      You could try it, I’ve never tried it that way, but I imagine it would work.

  2. Malin Andersson March 3, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Hello Meg! Best recipe you have shared with us. I love butter iced pumpkin cookies. Every time I order these cookies from outside stores. Now it is the time to learn new and creative recipes. Thanks.

    1. Meg March 3, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Awwww thanks Malin! I am so glad you are excited about the recipe, it is one of my favorites too!

  3. Mikkel Magnuson January 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Hi Meg! Lovely recipe you have shared and this is exactly what I needed for today!! I always order butter iced pumpkin cookies from outside. Because I love this recipe. Now it’s about time that I learn to make one for myself! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Meg January 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Mikkel, thank you! I am so glad you will put the recipe to good use 😉 These cookies are a favorite around our house for sure.

  4. Kendra December 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Just made these and they are nothing short of awesome! Will be making again. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Meg December 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Yay Kendra!! I am so glad you enjoyed them. My son says they are his favorite cookie EVER!

  5. Lisa P in CA December 10, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Oh my goodness Meg! These look amazing. I’m going to try to bake them this afternoon. 🙂

    1. Meg December 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Yay Lisa! I hope you love them as much as we do 🙂


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