Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies

After living in hotel rooms for a couple weeks and relying on takeout while unpacking, it felt so good to get back in the kitchen. I've been coming across pumpkin recipes almost every day that I'm eager to try. These pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing were first of the list. The cookies are moist and delicious on their own, and the brown butter icing makes them over-the-top decadent.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

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

For the icing
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk,
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Make 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. (I used an ice cream scoop to achieve uniform cookies and they turned out just fine.) 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.

Make 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. Makes about 6 dozen. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.


  1. I just ordered a Kitchen Aid mixer and I'm pretty sure I'll be stealing every single one of your recipes soon :) These look so delicious.

  2. I just printed this post! I am gonna make these tonight!! Thanks!

  3. Oh mannn. For some reason, I haven't gotten into the fall baking spirit (I'll blame it on the 80 and 90 degree weather) but these are really tempting me! xo

  4. these look soo good! im gonna have to try them sometime soon.

  5. Oooh, yes. This may be just what I need to celebrate Halloween right. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  6. UM YES PLEASE!! Those look divine! Enjoy your weekend! Much love!

  7. Mmmmmmm...I'm glad you're back in the kitchen too!

  8. Ohhh I will definitely be trying these this weekend! Brown butter is such a lovely flavour to add to any fall baking.

  9. I know- a typical comment- but these seriously look AMAZING...

    In fact, I'm not marking this as read in my reader, because I just may need to make these- tonight.

    I'll let you know if I do!

  10. these look too amazing!

    seriously...i'm obsessed with all things pumpkin right now. and no lie, i'm actually reading this while eating pumpkin soup.

  11. Yes please! amazing! You know I'm a sucker for pumpkin!
    xo tash

  12. I think I just drooled. those look delicious! I think I'm going to try these out with my niece this weekend.
    Nice pics too.
    How's it going in NYC?
    Have a lovely weekend!

  13. Yummy i'm definitely trying these - especially as pumpkin is quite rare in the uk
    Rachie xo

  14. Wait just one minute: brown butter icing? Why haven't I heard of that before?! I found the pumpkin recipe of my dreams (see my blog) but I've been looking around for the perfect topping. I think I've found it here. Thank you!



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