Brown Butter Pumpkin Drop Cookies

The pumpkin flavor of these soft spicy frosted cookies makes them perfect for the holiday season.



1/2 cup shortening


2 eggs

1 1/2 cups pumpkin, not pie filling

2 1/2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Browned Butter Frosting:

3 tablespoons butter

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Honey Tips

Honey Is Magic

In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.


Preheat oven to 375 °.
In a large bowl beat shortening and honey. Add eggs and beat. Mix in pumpkin. Add dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Fold in raisins and walnuts. Chill for 30 minutes.
Drop dough by well-rounded teaspoons about 2-inches apart onto greased cookies sheets. Bake 15 minutes until cookies are golden. Let cool on wire rack. Spread cooled cookies with 1/2 teaspoon of frosting.
In medium saucepan heat butter until it begins to brown. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy. (This frosting is a creamy glaze, not a fluffy frosting)
Yield: approximately 5 dozen