Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

When I entered another recipe swap this month, I was pretty excited that the “theme” was apples and/or pumpkin. Of course I was not so secretly hoping I received a recipe that involved pumpkin, but apples truly are a close second so I couldn’t have been disappointed.

But cookies…with a browned butter frosting? Oh….man.

If I’m being completely honest, these are a far cry from healthy. Let me repeat…browned butter frosting. Yummm.

Solution? Make the cookies. Enjoy a few. And then send them to work with your husband/child/significant other, etc. Because I knew I couldn’t resist them being in my break room at work, they went with Mr. P to the office. People love homemade baked goods — because 1) who doesn’t love sweets?! and 2) nearly everything is store-bought these days. No one seems to bake, from scratch these days…such a shame!

Question: What’s your favorite kind of icing?

Be well,


  1. Work is definitely the easiest place to dispose of the evidence… :p

    My favorite icing is whipped buttercream. It melts my heart a little.

  2. Holy yumminess! That is all :)

  3. Browned butter is DEFINITELY a guilty pleasure of mine…irresistible. I can see why you had to send these to work with the hubster…this is exactly why I need to get married ASAP.

  4. These look so good! I also use work as a great excuse to bake…that way I get to bake but I only eat 1 (or 2). :)

  5. Oooh! Just in time for thanksgiving this weekend!

  6. I am so glad you enjoyed these!! They are a favorite at my office, and I’m sure the girls are getting excited that Fall is upon us so that I will bring some in!!

  7. I love buttercream icing. Yum!!

  8. oh. my goodness. these have to be made. soon.

  9. Oh my gosh, these cookies are right up my alley. I love pumpkin!!!
    And I just love cream cheese frostings. Thanks for sharing this deliciOus recipe!

  10. Totally worth the plurge! My favorite frosting is cream cheese.

  11. My stomach just growled reading this. Yup..I need to get back on the baking wagon to make these sweet babies!! You convinced me!!

  12. The cookies look and sound VERY dangerous! Good move to send them out of the house after you had a few… :)

    I love cream cheese frosting.

  13. These just look delicious! I can’t wait until we move into our new house & I can start baking fall/winter treats :)

  14. My favorite icing is definitely cream cheese.

  15. OMG- this look wonderful. Browned butter icing!?!? My favorite icing is dark chocolate buttercream. Who doesn’t love butter? :)

  16. I think I’ve made a similar cookie before – maybe it was from Martha Stewart?

    I love cream cheese and chocolate frosting – so good!

  17. These look fantastic!

    Thank you for being part of the recipe swaps!

  18. Safiya Stewart says:

    I made these for a group of friends, they were soft as pillows and soo good it should be a sin. real keeper
    Thanks a million

  19. You know that anything with pumpkin gets my two thumbs up!

  20. Just curious if this frosting “sets” or if it’s soft all the time. I’m looking for a cookie to use as a party favor, so it will be in a little plastic goody bag and I don’t want the frosting to just smear all over. Thanks!!! They look delicious!

    • It sets, but it is on the soft side. I think they would work, especially you chilled them a bit beforehand in the fridge.


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