Preview: These Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Icing are soft, spiced with cinnamon, and flavored with pumpkin. The Browned Butter Icing makes them disappear FAST.
Do you ever have a little bit of pumpkin puree leftover from another baking project? Of course, you could freeze it, but it’s hard to beat these Iced Pumpkin Cookies. They are right up there with pumpkin pie when it comes to celebrating the fall season.
Delicately flavored brown butter icing, which you can make in the microwave, complements the cinnamon and pumpkin perfectly. Chopped pecans add sophistication, flavor, and a crunchy texture to this otherwise simple cookie.
Ingredients and substitutions:
- BUTTER: Substitute shortening or margarine.
- SUGAR: I have not tested this recipe with any substitutes for brown sugar or granulated white sugar.
- EGGS: This recipe is written for large eggs. If you use a larger or smaller size, adjust the flour accordingly.
- YOGURT: Plain yogurt is my first choice. Vanilla yogurt is OK but will add more sweetness. If you only have Greek yogurt, add a little water or milk to thin it to the consistency of yogurt. Buttermilk is also a viable substitute.
- PUMPKIN: Butternut squash can stand in for the pumpkin, especially baby food squash.
- FLOUR: All-purpose flour is best here. No sifting required but measure carefully. Try not to pack the flour.
- CINNAMON: Pumpkin pie spice could be substituted for the cinnamon. The flavors will be a little more complex..
FAQ about Iced Pumpkin Drop Cookies
Yes. Double wrap to protect against freezer burn. Best eaten within a month.
Store in a covered plastic, glass, or metal container. Because the cookies are iced, let them dry for a couple of hours before storing. Then, arrange in layers with plastic wrap or waxed paper between each layer. Cover and place the whole container in a sealed plastic bag.
Instead of browned butter icing, try regular butter icing or glaze. Your cookies will still be a hit!
Yes, it’s much quicker than the slow process of browning butter on top of the stove. See how to make browned butter icing in the microwave.
More ideas for leftover pumpkin?
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