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Chewy Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies

More pumpkin goodies coming at ya with these brown butter pumpkin cookies. Chewy gluten-free pumpkin cookies with a tasty sugar and spice coating are another delicious treat to add to your fall recipes.

Brown butter adds a deep flavor that goes nicely with pumpkin. The chewy texture and sugary coating make these cookies a full dessert experience.

Brown butter pumpkin cookies in a bowl.

Chewy Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies

Looking for a gluten-free recipe for pumpkin cookies? No need to miss out on pumpkin season due to gluten. Due to some health reasons, I have to avoid gluten myself lately.

Do you prefer your cookies soft or chewy? This recipe is on the chewier side. You can also try these soft pumpkin sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting.

I say get your fall baking on and make both! The weather here is cold enough now to put me into full baking mode for the season!

Butter, brown sugar, flour, and other ingredients for cookies on a table.

Chewy Pumpkin Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this recipe. The measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg yolk
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin puree – Get 100% pure pumpkin.
  • Gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies Directions

Step One – Brown the Butter

Brown the butter by adding one cup of butter to a skillet on medium heat. Watch the butter carefully, stirring frequently until the butter turns an amber color. Remove the skillet from the heat right away.

Sticks of butter melting in a skillet.

Pour the browned butter into a glass measuring cup and place it into the refrigerator to cool for about 20 minutes.

Browned butter in a cup.

Step Two – Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and set it aside.

Step Three – Make the Dough

Brown sugar mixture in a bowl.

Add the brown sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Pour in the browned butter and stir it to combine.

Egg and pumpkin in a mixing bowl.

Add the egg yolk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and pumpkin purée to the bowl. Stir well to fully combine.

Brown sugar mixture.

Add in the remaining dry ingredients, and mix well to incorporate.

Flour in a mixing bowl.

Step Four – Make the Topping

In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice for the topping.

Step Five – Scoop and Bake

Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough. Use your clean hands to roll the dough into balls. Place the dough balls into the sugar and spice topping, and roll to fully coat.

Rolling cookie dough into brown sugar coating.
Round cookie dough on a sheet.

Place the coated dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your hand or the bottom of a glass to slightly flatten each dough ball.

Flattened cookie dough on a sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for an extra five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Baked brown butter pumpkin cookies on a sheet.

Serve and enjoy!

Bowl of pumpkin cookies with a bite missing from the top one.

Chewy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies Recipe Notes and FAQ

Do I have to brown the butter?

This recipe is based around the flavor the brown butter provides. If you do not want to make browned butter, I would suggest making a different cookie recipe.

Browned butter pumpkin cookies on top of each other in a dish.

Can I use regular flour?

You should be able to swap the gluten-free flour for regular, but I did not test this yet.

Holding a gluten-free pumpkin cookie.

Do I have to coat the cookies?

No, you can skip the sugar and pumpkin spice coating. It does add enough extra flavor and texture that I suggest keeping it.

Dish of gluten-free pumpkin cookies.
Yield: 18 cookies

Chewy Brown Butter Pumpkin Cookies

Brown butter pumpkin cookies in a bowl.

Rich and chewy brown butter pumpkin cookies.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 ¼ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Sugar + Spice Coating

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Brown the butter by adding 1 cup of butter to a medium skillet on medium heat. Watch carefully, stirring frequently just until the butter turns an amber color. Promptly remove the skillet from the heat.
  2. Pour the butter into a glass measuring cup and place in the fridge to cool for 15-20 minutes. To speed up the cooling process, place the glass measuring cup over a bowl of ice, cooling just until the butter reaches room temperature. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Add the brown sugar to a medium bowl. Pour in the brown butter and stir to combine. 
  5. Add egg yolk, maple syrup, vanilla and pumpkin purée to the bowl. Stir well until fully combined.
  6. Add the remaining dry ingredients. Mixing well to incorporate.
  7. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  8. Use a 2 oz cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Use clean hands to roll into a ball. Place the dough ball into the sugar and spice mixture, rolling until fully coated.
  9. Place coated dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your hand or the bottom of a measuring cup to slightly flatten each dough ball. 
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Leave cookies on baking sheet for 5 additional minutes before transferring them with a spatula to a cooling rack to finish the cooling process.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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