Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing

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It’s hard to beat pumpkin pie, but these soft-as-a-pillow cookies are right up there when it comes to celebrating the fall season.  Delicately flavored brown butter icing complement the cinnamon and pumpkin perfectly. Chopped pecans not only add class but also flavor and crunchy texture to this otherwise simple cookie.



Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 5-6 dozen small cookies
Cake-like spiced cookies flavored with pumpkin. Directions for Browned Butter Icing included.
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin, canned
  • 2 ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and combine. Add yogurt, vanilla and pumpkin.
  2. Combine with flour, salt, baking powder, soda and cinnamon. Drop by tablespoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes .
Browned Butter Icing
  1. Brown 2-3 T. butter (the real thing) in a small skillet. (May take several minutes on low heat—be careful not to burn or you have to start over.)
  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon warm milk. Beat until smooth. May need to add more sugar or milk to get the right consistency. As it cools, it gets thick—just add a little more milk and stir.
  3. Ice cookies. Before icing dries, sprinkle with chopped, toasted pecans.
  4. These freeze beautifully. Wrap well.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara November 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thank you Paula! I am getting ready to make theses right now. Can’t wait to taste them! 🙂


Kara November 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Can you use butter flavored shortening with these instead?


Paula November 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

Hi Kara,
Did I already answer your question? If not, I’m sorry it has taken so long. I think the butter-flavored shortening would be fine, although I have not tried it myself.


carolyn October 27, 2011 at 3:46 am

I am up early and cannot wait for daylight to maake thes cookies.( Maybe for breakfast ).


Ann Hastings October 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

I am going to make these for our employee bake sale this Friday, it raises money for people in need… so I am sure they’ll be a hit 🙂


April October 26, 2009 at 9:31 am

What beautiful cookies, and the brown butter icing sounds wonderful


Sis October 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Cool picture.


Mommas Soapbox October 24, 2009 at 2:56 am

thanks for visiting my blog! I hope your hubby enjoyed the cartoon and I hope his door problem is fixed.

I’m cookin’ with my rugrats tomorrow and these cookies are on the list! Love your blog!

thanks again!


Steve October 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Staci would not share!


Ann Hastings October 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

These look a lot like the Soft Cinnamon Cookies with Browned Butter Icing that I make all the time since you posted the recipe- I’ll have to make these this weekend too I guess 🙂


Romaine October 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm

You are right. They are similar. The icing is exactly the same. Glad you are enjoying the cinnamon cookies.


Pam October 23, 2009 at 7:13 am

Awe, your cookies look SO good!


Sue October 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

I was lucky enough to taste this wonderful recipe at Romaine’s home recently but I am not responsible for that bite out of the cookie pictured. I couldn’t resist and ate all my cookie. I am so glad to have the recipe now.


COZY KITCHEN BY THE SEA October 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

YUM . YUM. ! ! !


Staci October 22, 2009 at 7:22 am

Don’t forget that my house is on your way to work. If you ever need taste testers…we’re available 😉 These look delicious!!!


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