Its a mouthful. But its a scrumptious mouthful.
These cookies were a total accident. I had a craving for a pumpkin cookie. I found a recipe from Martha Stewart but didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so I googled ‘easy pumpkin cookies’.
Easy is an understatement. Let me tell you this whole recipe.
1 box Spice Cake
1 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree
Mix cake mix and puree. Using an ice cream scoop, drop rounded cookies onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 350.
Martha’s recipe has this brown butter icing, but again, I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. And we all know I have this obsession with cookie sandwiches lately, so I wanted to find a thicker, more sturdy frosting to use in a pumpkin cookie sandwich.
So I found this recipe from the Food Network. The ingredients were what I was looking for, but the technique seemed… lacking something. So I did some more research and came upon this recipe from Adventures in Cooking. (Gorgeous site! Her photography is amazing)
I combined the two.
And then ended up working out for 2 1/2 hours last night after I came out of my sugar coma.
This was my brown butter directly out of the fridge.
That buttercream. I need to talk about. It was… magical. The aroma of the brown butter was enticing in itself, but then to taste it.
I didn’t know butter could do that.
Please be prepared for brown butter everything on my blog now. Brown butter cake. Brown butter pancakes. Brown butter sugar cookies. Its just needs to happen.
Granted, I am so busy that it probably won’t happen until next year when the trend will be officially over and everyone will be beyond sick of brown butter. But hey. Trendy I am not.
Now, if the whole “box mix” cookies above totally throws you off, please do feel free to substitute your favorite from scratch pumpkin cookie recipe. My husband thought that a crisp cookie would add some nice contrast here, and I think thats a great option.
But I can’t help but love these cookies as is. The soft cake-like texture and the rich brown butter buttercream… its was just perfection.
I know the butter took half a day to make, but it was worth it. So worth it.
These cookies sandwiches are the perfect fall treat!