Saturday, February 24, 2024

Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These mushy and chewy brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies are the right alternative if you happen to’re on the lookout for a enjoyable, flavorful, and satisfying fall cookie recipe. To simplify the whole course of, brown the butter for each the cookies and the icing on the similar time– see recipe for extra particulars. This recipe has a HUGE fanbase, and has been a majorly fashionable recipe since I first printed it in 2016.

overhead photo of pumpkin oatmeal cookies with icing.

There isn’t a query that fall is the perfect baking season. We’re speaking selfmade pies , heat and comfortable spices, comforting desserts, and naturally, a number of pumpkin treats. Pumpkin pie is all the time high of the checklist, however I often prefer to kick off the autumn baking season with cookies—I’ve completed maple brown sugar cookies, pumpkin snickerdoodles, apple spice whoopie pies, and the fixed favourite… brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies. You’ll love the double dose of brown butter… within the cookies and the icing.

These are by far top-of-the-line cookie recipes to come back out of my kitchen. Let’s get began!

One reader, Brittany, commented: “The very best cookie recipe ever. I’ve made this recipe twice and each occasions individuals have obsessed over them. It’s little one and husband accepted. I go away a number of with out the glaze for individuals who don’t like sweets and even they nonetheless style fabulous. It makes plenty of cookies, so I all the time share with household and coworkers. Everybody raves about them! ★★★★★

Inform Me About These Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  • Texture: We love the mushy, but dense facilities and chewy crisp edges. You’ll respect that this can be a CHEWY pumpkin cookie versus a cake-like pumpkin cookie. In the event you’re on the lookout for a cakey pumpkin cookie, strive these mushy pumpkin cookies.
  • TasteBrown butter is a massively underused ingredient. Browning butter takes about 5-10 minutes and the end result guarantees further taste. And never simply common taste—a deep toffee-like, toasty, caramel, nutty taste that pairs splendidly with pumpkin and fall spices.
  • Ease: This straightforward recipe makes fall baking fast and straightforward. (With huge flavorful outcomes!) Browning the butter takes a little bit further time, however there’s no dough chilling or mixer required. Listed below are extra cookie recipes that don’t require chilling; shortbread cookies are one other fast favourite.

I embrace instructions for browning the butter beneath, however be happy to evaluation my Brown Butter web page, which features a useful video. You too can go forward and put together a batch of selfmade pumpkin pie spice, since you WILL be making these on repeat.

The Secrets and techniques to Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Pumpkin is a very moist ingredient which makes it helpful in truffles, pumpkin muffins, and fast breads. But it surely poses a texture downside after we’re making an attempt to make dense and chewy oatmeal cookies.

blotted pumpkin with a paper towel in a glass bowl

Right here’s what I’ve realized:

Blot the pumpkin. Extra moisture = cakier cookies. To stop overly cakey cookies, blot a few of the moisture out of the pumpkin. We all know it sounds odd, however gently soaking liquid out of the pumpkin puree with a paper towel is a trick that works. Check out the distinction beneath.

  • Left: Blotted the pumpkin—the cookie is denser and chewier.
  • Proper: Didn’t blot the pumpkin—the cookie is cakey.
collage of 2 images showing the difference in pumpkin cookies when blotting the pumpkin

Use solely an egg yolk. Pumpkin acts like an egg in cookie dough and that is one thing I realized when testing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Testing at this time’s pumpkin oatmeal cookies, nonetheless, proved that an egg—or no less than a part of an egg—is important. The cookies have been a little bit dry and crumbly with out it due to the oats within the dough. Use simply 1 massive egg yolk within the dough as a result of that little further little bit of fats makes a distinction.

Use a cookie scoop. I like to make use of a medium cookie scoop for this cookie dough. Why? This dough is a cross between cookie dough and cake batter and a cookie scoop makes issues a little bit extra manageable. When you scoop the dough, barely flatten the tops of the dough mounds. The cookies don’t increase a lot however flattening them first encourages spreading, which helps seal in that chewy texture. Identical to this:

hands using a cookie scoop to scoop brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookie dough out of a glass bowl
brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookie dough mounds on a silpat baking mat

Overview: Make Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

The complete printable recipe is beneath, however let’s stroll by way of it so that you perceive every step earlier than getting began. 

  • Brown the butter. You’ll use browned butter in each the cookie dough AND the icing, so it’s useful to brown the butter abruptly. While you’re completed browning the butter, put aside 2 ounces for the glaze topping. Use the remaining within the cookie dough.
  • Whisk dry components collectively. This contains entire oats, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, floor cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Whisk the brown butter you want for the dough with granulated sugar and brown sugar. Then whisk within the egg yolk + vanilla extract. 
  • Blot the pumpkin, then whisk it into the moist components. (By the way in which, right here’s an inventory of recipes to make with leftover pumpkin puree!)
  • Combine dry components into the moist components. Mix to kind a thick and sticky dough.
  • Scoop & flatten. As famous above, scoop cookie dough onto baking sheets utilizing a medium cookie scoop. Barely flatten every cookie dough ball earlier than baking.
  • Bake till cookies are frivolously browned and set on the perimeters.
  • For the icing, whisk the reserved brown butter and the remaining icing components collectively till clean. Dip the highest of every cookie into the icing.
brown butter icing in a glass bowl with a whisk
stack of brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies

As a result of it’s made with butter, which is strong at room temperature, the icing ultimately units making the cookies a little bit simpler to stack, retailer, and transport. This brown butter icing can also be scrumptious on peach Bundt cakeapple blondiespecan sugar cookies, and pistachio cookies. Or strive it on pumpkin scones!

I like seeing your entire photographs of those fashionable cookies. Thanks for sharing!

collage of photos showing brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies made by readers
overhead photo of pumpkin oatmeal cookies with icing on marble counter.

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stack of brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies

Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

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  • Prep Time:
    45 minutes

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  • Complete Time:
    1 hour, 10 minutes

  • Yield:
    24-25 cookies

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These mushy and chewy brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies are the right alternative if you happen to’re on the lookout for a enjoyable, flavorful, and satisfying fall cookie recipe. To simplify the whole course of, brown the butter for each the cookies and the icing on the similar time.


  1. Blot the pumpkin: Line a medium bowl with 2 paper towels. Place the pumpkin puree within the bowl. Utilizing one other paper towel, press right down to blot extra moisture out of the pumpkin. After blotting, you’ll have about 1 cup (225g) of pumpkin. Put aside.
  2. Brown the butter: NOTE: If topping the cookies with the brown butter icing, you may brown the butter for each the cookies AND the icing collectively. As soon as it’s all browned, divide and put aside 1/4 cup for the glaze. You need to use it in step 8. The remainder (about 1 cup) is for the cookies, utilized in step 5. In a light-colored skillet, soften the butter over medium warmth, stirring or whisking continuously. As soon as melted, the butter will start to foam. Maintain stirring. After 5–8 minutes, the butter will start browning. You’ll discover frivolously browned specks start to kind on the backside of the pan and it’ll have a nutty aroma. As soon as browned, instantly take away from warmth and pour right into a heatproof glass bowl or liquid measuring cup, together with all the browned solids on the backside of the pan. In the event you browned sufficient butter for the icing as nicely, divide and put aside 1/4 cup (2 ounces/60ml) brown butter for step 8. Enable brown butter to barely cool when you proceed.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice collectively.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two massive baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Put aside.
  5. Pour the marginally cooled brown butter into a big bowl. Whisk within the granulated sugar and brown sugar till mixed. Whisk within the egg yolk and vanilla extract till mixed, then whisk within the blotted pumpkin. Slowly combine the dry components into the moist components till mixed. The cookie dough can be mushy and sticky.
  6. Utilizing a medium cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough into balls (about 2 heaping Tablespoons (45g) of dough every) and place 3 inches aside on the cookie sheet. Barely flatten the balls out—see image above—because the cookies gained’t unfold a lot except you assist out first!
  7. Bake for 14–quarter-hour or till frivolously browned and set on the perimeters. Take away from the oven and permit to chill for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet earlier than icing.
  8. Make the icing: Give the 1/4 cup of brown butter you reserved for the icing a fast stir. If it’s now not skinny and liquid, heat it on the range or within the microwave till liquid once more. Whisk within the remaining icing components till clean. Dip the highest of every cookie into the icing. Sprinkle every frivolously with pumpkin pie spice, if desired.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: Iced cookies keep contemporary lined within the fridge for as much as 1 week. You may make the cookie dough and chill it within the fridge for as much as 3 days. Enable to come back to room temperature then proceed with step 6. Baked and frosted or unfrosted cookies freeze nicely for as much as 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze nicely for as much as 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an additional minute, no must thaw. Listed below are my suggestions and methods on the best way to freeze cookie dough.
  2. Particular Instruments: Cookie Scoop, Mixing Bowls, KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Flex Edge Beater, Glass KitchenAid Mixing Bowl, and Silpat Baking Mat
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice: You will discover pumpkin pie spice within the baking aisle of most grocery shops or make your individual selfmade pumpkin pie spice. In the event you don’t have both and wish to use particular person spices, use 1/2 teaspoon floor ginger, 1/2 teaspoon floor allspice, 1/2 teaspoon floor nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon floor cloves, and an additional 1/4 teaspoon floor cinnamon. Don’t miss the 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of floor cinnamon that can also be known as for on this recipe.
  4. Pumpkin: Squeeze as a lot of the moisture out of the pumpkin puree as you may earlier than including it to the cookie dough. I merely squeeze the puree with paper towels. See photograph within the publish for a visible. This may assist produce a much less cakey cookie. Much less moisture is an effective factor in these cookies!
  5. Chocolate Chips: As a substitute of icing (or along with!), you may add 1 heaping cup of chocolate chips to the cookie dough. Or 1 cup of chopped nuts, dried cranberries, raisins, white chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, and so on.
  6. Tailored from my favourite pumpkin oatmeal cookies. Apart from the brown butter and the icing, at this time’s cookies are chewier with a little bit extra pumpkin taste.

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