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Celebrating autumn pumpkins with these easy Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting. Made with maple, spiced pumpkin butter, double the vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. These cookies are soft, pumpkiny, and perfectly sweet with wonderful pumpkin spice flavor. They’re generously glazed with a sweet, thick, and creamy cinnamon brown butter frosting. The secret is simple – pumpkin butter. It keeps these cookies incredibly flavorful. Fun to bake, delicious to eat, these cookies make for a great homemade gift!

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting |

Cookie season is upon us and I’m starting a little early. It’s crazy to me that Tuesday is November 1st, but since I can’t slow time down, I’m embracing the season! I can already feel the holiday craze – cookies are needed!

It seems I say this every year, but it feels like Thanksgiving is often overlooked. I get it, Christmas is my thing too. But I try my best to at least have fun with Thanksgiving recipes. So we’re starting just a few days early with these cookies!

These are the perfect November cookie – though they’re great for Halloween too!

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting |

I made these just this weekend. If you follow daily, you know that we’ve had lots of cozy weather – and snow, so baking was welcomed. As with most of my holiday desserts, I always fear they might not turn out. But it’s the sweets that I make on a complete whim that I often end up loving most!

Sometimes not thinking too hard about an idea and just acting on the excitement is the best course of action. And that’s what I did with these. I had a lot of fun with them, and well, they’re pretty delicious too. I made them with my favorite pumpkin butter, which truly makes these cookies extra special.

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting |

The steps

Thankfully, if you want to bake these up tonight or this weekend for your Halloween parties, they’re easy.

As usual with most cookies, start out by beating the butter and sugar together. I love to use brown sugar for an added depth of flavor. Next, beat in the maple and pumpkin butter, lots of vanilla, and an egg.

Next comes the dry ingredients the cinnamon and nutmeg are key. Once you mix everything in you’ll have yummy pumpkin sugar cookie dough.

Roll out the dough, cut, and bake. There’s absolutely nothing fancy here.

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting |

Whenever I make any kind of cut-out cookie, I always like to roll out the dough, cut the cookies, and then freeze the cut cookies on a baking sheet for a few minutes. This ensures that the cookies hold their pumpkin shape.

Also, If you don’t want to roll out the dough, drop tablespoon size amounts of dough onto a baking sheet and bake away.

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Now the frosting, it’s beyond delicious, and easy to make. Just butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Simple, yet delicious.

Drizzle the frosting over each cookie, then, if you like, decorate with chocolate and cinnamon sugar. Doesn’t get easier, but looks so cute once finished!

Make these tonight, for Halloween weekend, and then, again for Thanksgiving. The perfect sweet, soft pumpkin cookie!

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting |

Looking for other sweet pumpkin recipes? Here are my favorites: 

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Swirled Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter Bread

Lastly, if you make these Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Brown Butter Frosting

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chill time 15 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 204 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Pumpkin Cookies

Brown Butter Frosting


  • 1. In a bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the maple and beat to combine, then beat in the pumpkin butter. Add the egg and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, beating until combined.
    2. Flour your work surface. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Roll out the dough to 1/3 inch thickness. Make sure you are using enough flour or your dough will stick. Cut out the cookies into your desired shapes. Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until firm. Roll out the leftover scraps, and repeat with the remaining dough.
    3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake the cookies 10-12 minutes (for soft cookies) or until golden. Cool on the baking sheet.
    4. To make the frosting. Melt the butter in a skillet. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool 5 minutes. Whisk in the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon water, the vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth, adding 1 tablespoon of water to thin the frosting as needed. If the frosting gets too thin, just add a little more sugar, and if it gets too thick, add a splash of water. The frosting should be thin enough to drizzle.
    5. Frost each cooled cookie. I used melted chocolate to draw on the pumpkin "leaves". Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 


Pumpkin Butter: if you don’t have pumpkin butter, use 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree, but blot away any excess water/moisture with a paper towel to remove the added moisture. 
Flour: if the dough is feeling too sticky to touch, add 2-6 tablespoons additional flour.
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  1. 5 stars
    These turned out perfect! I always refrigerate my cookie dough for 24 hours before baking. Took out about 30 min before needed to shape and had no problem with stickiness / wetness of dough.

    Always had a problem with cutout cookies keeping there shape – thank you for tip on freezing!

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

    1. Hey Samantha,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for your feedback and trying the recipe! Happy Thanksgiving! xT

  2. 5 stars
    These were really good!! I agree with the comments about adding extra flour. The frosting was very flavorful and sweet which was a nice balance to the cookie.