Browned Butter Salty Pumpkin Sugar Cookies #PumpkinWeek

by Erin

Not all sugar cookies are created equal. Take these for example which are made with real pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and browned butter!

Browned Butter Salty Pumpkin Sugar Cookies 2

#PumpkinWeek is here again and we can’t be more excited. Hosted by Terri from Love and Confections, 19 Bloggers will be sharing 65 pumpkin-filled recipes over the course of the week. Be sure to come back every day to see all the delicious creations – from muffins to cakes, cocktails, breakfast baked goods, savory pastas and stews, and gluten-free recipes too. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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#PumpkinWeek Day 1 Recipes:
Browned Butter Salty Pumpkin Sugar Cookies from The Spiffy Cookie.
Caramel Pumpkin Cake from Feeding Big and more.
Easy Pumpkin Donuts with Vanilla Cream Sauce from {i love} my disorganized life.
Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks.
Healthy Cinnamon-Apple Pumpkin Cakes from Simply Healthy Family
Homemade Pumpkin and Sage Pasta from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.
Pumpkin Cannoli from The Redhead Baker.
Pumpkin Chai Baked Donut from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll from Cupcakes & Kale Chips.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Whoopie Pies from Dizzy Busy and Hungry.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Gluten Free Crumbley.
Pumpkin Monkey Bread from Making Miracles.
Pumpkin Muffins from My Catholic Kitchen.
Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Crumby Cupcake.
Pumpkin Snack Cake from Recipes Food and Cooking.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Butter from Love and Confections.
Spiced Pumpkin-Bourbon Fizz from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

Browned Butter Salty Pumpkin Sugar Cookies 1

These cookies were the straw that broke my KitchenAid’s metaphorical back. I had the mixer whirring away happily mixing up the sugar and the browned butter only to suddenly hear a strange noise and looked over to see that it was no longer spinning merrily around. The motor sounded like it was still moving but much to my despair there was no action down below. After Bob did some research, it may only be an $18 replacement part but we shall see ::fingers crossed::. In the mean time I was slightly mortified by the prospect of being without it’s help. I didn’t realize how much I used it until it was out of commission! #firstworldproblems

I promise that there is nothing overly thick about the dough, so have no fear, your stand mixer will not be harmed in the making of these cookies. I think mine would’ve gave up even if it were making whipped cream. Thankfully, these cookies were easy to whip together with a regular electric hand mixer. They are a pumpkin version of the browned butter salty sugar cookies I posted a little while back and are the perfect sugar cookies for fall! They are slightly puffy but still chewy, which is an attribute I admire in a cookie.

Browned Butter Salty Pumpkin Sugar Cookies 3

Two years ago: Gluten-Free Buckeye Brownies

Four years ago: General Tso’s Chicken


Makes approximately 3 dozen


14 Tbsp (1-3/4 sticks) unsalted butter

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree

Coarse sea salt, for garnish


  1. Place butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until melted and foamy. Continue to cook until brown specks begin to appear and it has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass bowl to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Add the sugars to the cooled butter and beat until creamy. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, and pumpkin, and beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart, and flatten slightly.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookies are just barely browned and centers are set. Sprinkle with sea salt immediately after removing from the oven.
  7. Let cool on sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Adapted from Wine and Glue and my Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies.

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet October 6, 2015 - 3:02 pm

I am kind of in love with these cookies!!

spiffycookie October 6, 2015 - 9:01 pm

If you give them the chance they just may love you back!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel September 30, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Ahhhh! I’d pretty much die if my mixer kicked the bucket! That’s the worst! These cookies look sooooo good. I am always down for sweet & salty and I bet the salt goes sooo well with the pumpkin. Love!

Laura Dembowski September 30, 2015 - 11:19 am

I’m all about different kinds of sugar cookies! These look so thick and perfect. It’s so funny, I almost never use my kitchenaid – I like to mix things by hand.

Renee - Kudos Kitchen September 29, 2015 - 7:02 pm

Sorry to hear that your Kitchenaid bit the dust. Hope it’s an easy fix! I’d be lost without mine.
These cookies look like pure perfection. They’re all so evenly shaped and I adore that sea salt to finish. YUM!

Zainab September 29, 2015 - 4:30 am

This sounds like the best week ever! And these cookies look amazing!!

spiffycookie September 29, 2015 - 8:27 am

Thank you Zainab!

Thalia @ butter and brioche September 29, 2015 - 12:35 am

I have so much love for everything brown butter! These cookies look incredible.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 28, 2015 - 7:19 pm

I actually got a second KA mixer as a back up. I cannot imagine being without it!! Love these cookies, such a great idea!

Veronica Gantley September 28, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Your cookies sound so good. I would love to eat a few right now.

Rebekah @ Making Miracles September 28, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Oh how lovely these sound! They look like the perfect cookie texture!! (Prayers being sent up for your Kitchen Aid ;-) … I don’t know what I’d do without mine… or my Vitamix… I think I’d cry if either broke down.)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 28, 2015 - 2:09 pm

These cookies sound great!! I love a simple pumpkin cookie :)

Rachel @ {i love} my disorganized life September 28, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Sugar cookies are one of my faves, I love that you added pumpkin to them!

Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) September 28, 2015 - 10:58 am

With pumpkin AND brown butter, I’m sure these are epic! I’d love to try and make a gluten-free version.

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures September 28, 2015 - 9:38 am

Erin, these are gorgeous…and I LOVE the salty-sweet combination. Thanks for kicking off #PumpkinWeek with some delicious looking treats.

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm September 28, 2015 - 9:33 am

That is one Spiffy Cookie LOL. I am afraid that my Kitchen Aid is dying too. It has been sounding funny to me. No wonder with all the use they get. Hope yours is an easy fix.

Medha @ Whisk & Shout September 28, 2015 - 8:33 am

Love the richness from the browned butter and the salty sweet aspect here!

Liz September 28, 2015 - 7:49 am

Erin, your pumpkin cookies sound like the perfect autumn treat!

spiffycookie September 28, 2015 - 8:20 am

Thanks Liz!


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