Soft Pumpkin Cookies

By Katherine

We're on a bit of a pumpkin kick here at Harts in the Kitchen, with Elissa's yummy pumpkin cupcakes and my previous post on stuffed pumpkin.  But 'tis the season, so I'm going to add another pumpkin recipe to the mix:  soft pumpkin cookies.  My best and oldest friend, Sierra, gave me this recipe a few years ago, and it has become a holiday tradition for me.  They are pillowy and soft, with the warm spices that go so well with colder weather, and the best part is undoubtedly the brown butter glaze that is drizzled on top. 

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Soft Pumpkin Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla.  Sift the remaining dry ingredients together and then add them to the pumpkin mixture.  Drop by tablespoonful onto cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Yield: 3 dozen. Once cooled, drizzle with brown butter glaze. 

Brown Butter Glaze

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.  When the butter foams, start whisking. Don't walk away from the stove at this point, as the butter can burn easily!  Whisk until you see lightly browned specks at the bottom of the pan and the butter begins to smell nutty.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat in 2 tablespoons of hot water until the mixture is smooth and of the desired consistency (drizzle-able but not runny).  (You can repeat with more tablespoons of water as necessary - the glaze thickens very quickly - but use as little water as possible because too much will result in runny, watered-down glaze.) Work as quickly as you can to drizzle the glaze over the cookies before the glaze becomes too thick and unworkable (an extra set of hands are great if you've got a helper available).