Pumpkin-Spiced Star Cookies

Browned Butter Icing--the luscious, caramelized frosting so popular in the 1950s--makes a stellar comeback in this cookie recipe.

Pumpkin-Spiced Star Cookies
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Cool Time:
1 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
36 large stars or 72 small stars


  • 1 17.5 ounce package sugar cookie mix

  • cup butter, melted

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 recipe Browned Butter Icing (see recipe below)

Brown Butter Icing

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine dry cookie mix, butter, egg, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Stir with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough forms; if necessary, knead to combine.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 1-1/2- to 2-1/2-inch star-shape cookie cutter, cut out dough. Re-roll trimmings and repeat cutting dough. Arrange cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake in preheated oven about 8 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. Drizzle with Brown Butter Icing. Makes 36 large stars or 72 small stars.

Brown Butter Icing

  1. In a small saucepan, heat butter over low heat about 15 minutes or until browned (be careful not to burn). Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Immediately drizzle over cooled cookies (icing will harden quickly).

Place cookies in a a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.