Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze

October 6, 2020

These pumpkin cookies are a perfect bite of fall with orange and spice wrapped into one delicious cookie and topped with a smooth brown butter glaze.





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Pumpkin is a staple in fall baking, and there is no better way to enjoy the seasonal fruit than baked inside a cookie. These soft pumpkin cookies are arguably the most delicious option thanks to the freshly grated orange peel, raisins in practically every bite, and a not-too-sweet glaze topping them off.



If you're looking for an easy, fool-proof fall cookie recipe, then look no further.  The recipe is from a Betty Crocker Cookbook originally published in 1969 and has withstood the test of time. Oftentimes the  recipes of the past are still the best choice.






Included in the recipe below are two size options for your cookies - I prepared the generously sized ones you see here using a 3 Tablespoon cookie scoop, but you can also use a 1 1/2 Tablespoon scoop for a more bite-sized version. Baking times stay basically the same regardless of the size you choose. You just want to be sure that the bottoms bake to a golden brown color and they should be done.


And while I encourage you to try the glaze, the cookies are equally as good in my opinion without it.


Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to check out the links to some other pumpkin treat recipes that my friends are also sharing today.  The Pumpkin Spice Caramels from Handmade Farmhouse are definitely going on my list of ones to try. Each month, we join together in the Tastes of the Season  series hosted by Kristen of Ella Claire & Co to share a different seasonal recipe.








PUMPKIN COOKIES WITH BROWN BUTTER GLAZE

Makes about 2 dozen large cookies or 4 dozen bite-sized cookies




COOKIE INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

GLAZE INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons milk


HOW TO PUMPKIN COOKIES


STEP 1: Heat oven to 375 degrees.

STEP 2: Mix sugar, pumpkin, shortening, and orange peel in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix until well combined.  Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and mix until combined. Fold  in the raisins and walnuts by hand.

STEP 3: Drop balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. For equal sized cookies, it is best to use a metal ice cream/cookie scoop. (These were made using a 3 Tablespoon scoop, but a 1 1/2 Tablespoon scoop works nicely for more bite sized cookies.)

STEP 4:  Bake until the cookies are light brown and the bottoms are completely golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. They will still be soft to the touch. Gently remove them immediately from the cookie sheet and cool completely on a rack.


HOW TO MAKE BROWN BUTTER GLAZE

STEP 1: Heat margarine in a saucepan over medium heat until it has turned a delicate brown color. Stir in the confectioner's sugar and vanilla until well mixed. Add just enough milk to make a smooth glaze without being runny, up to 2 Tablespoons. 

STEP 2: Dip the cookies down into the glaze for easy frosting or use a knife to swirl it onto the top of each. You may need to add a little more milk and stir if you find the frosting is getting thick.

STEP 3: Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a couple of weeks.








MORE FABULOUS PUMPKIN TREATS YOU'LL WANT TO TRY

My friends below are sharing their own pumpkin inspired recipes for fall.  Be sure to check them out and let me know which ones you try!










Baked Pumpkin Donuts Dipped in Cinnamon Sugar by Ella Claire & Co. | Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze by anderson + grant | Pumpkin Roll by Inspired By Charm






Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping by Maison de Pax | Pumpkin Spice Caramels by Handmade Farmhouse |  Pumpkin Cobbler by French Country Cottage




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