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Pumpkin Spice Brown Butter Frosting

Use my Pumpkin Spice Brown Butter Frosting for your Fall cupcakes, brownies and cookies. It’s good enough to eat right out of the jar 🙂

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This frosting was so amazing I decided to give it it’s own post, lol! Not kidding. If I wasn’t on this fitness challenge I would have scooped up a little bowl of just frosting for an afternoon snack. Ideally, this frosting is for my cupcakes I teased you with on Instagram HERE. The entire recipe will be here this week.

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Here’s your line up of ingredients. Nice and basic pantry/refrigerator staples.

Browning Butter

In a small saucepan, melt your butter and swirl every so often until butter is nutty and browned. Usually takes me just under 10 minutes.

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Place a softened stick of butter in your favorite stand mixer.

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Beat butter until nice and creamy.

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Slowly add cooled browned butter.

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A little brown sugar up next.

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Pumpkin time!

Cinnamon and Nutmeg

My favorite Fall spices.

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Smells like a dream.

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Mix her up.

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Time for the powdered sugar.

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Lots of powdered sugar, lol!

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Oh yah, wait until you try this!

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Place it in your favorite Mason Jar or airtight container until ready to frost.

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Pumpkin Spice Brown Butter Frosting


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 pound bag powdered sugar, plus 2 cups


  1. Place 2 sticks of butter into a small saucepan over medium low heat. Once butter is melted, swirl pan occasionally checking color. Once butter is browned, it will smell nutty and be a deep golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Place remaining stick of softened butter into stand mixer, beating until creamy. Slowly beat in browned butter until combined. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and slowly add powdered sugar until thick and desired consistency. You can add tablespoons of milk to thin if desired.
  3. Store in an airtight container until ready to frost.

Makes 24-30 cupcakes.

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  1. 1

    I want to make this and put it on everything!

  2. 2
    Tieghan says:

    Oh wow, oh wow! This is incredible! Just hand over the testing spoons, I think I will need them all! 🙂

  3. 3

    I have the perfect spice cake that this would be AMAZING on. Must try!

  4. 4
    marla says:

    Oh how fun is this!! Cake needs to happen with this frosting 🙂

  5. 5

    Wow! This sounds amazing..I need to try this!

  6. 6
    Maria says:

    Perfect frosting for fall!

  7. 7

    This would go well on so many thing! Perfect for fall!

  8. 8

    I’d put this on everything!!

  9. 9

    Spectacular! Thinking this would double as a body scrub! HAHA. My daughter loves anything pumpkin. Can’t wait to have her wake up to the smell of this recipe on a chilly school morning!

  10. 10

    Wow! I could just eat this right from the spoon.

  11. 11

    I’m now dreaming up all sorts of wonderful things that I can frost. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  12. 12
    Terri C says:

    Had to pin this, looks good! Your photos are so pretty with those lovely colored mixers!

  13. 13

    Yes!! I love frosting cookies and these would be perfect on our spice snaps.

  14. 14

    oh wow Jenny. Basically I just want to eat this with a spoon….

  15. 15

    I love brown butter! Haven’t used it to make frosting yet but man oh man with Pumpkin?! YES!

  16. 16

    So glad you put that yummy frosting in a jar…Now I know you will be “tasting” it just like I would!!! Looks delish!!!

  17. 17

    My jaw just dropped to the floor!! This brown butter frosting is amazeballs!

  18. 18

    I DEFINITELY need a big ol jar of this ASAP!!

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    Swooning! You had me at brown butter!

  21. 21
    Kelley says:

    Holy pumpkin heaven! I am so making this!

    Love your blog!

  22. 22
    Maegan @ The BakerMama says:

    I definitely want to eat this right out of the jar, but can’t wait to see it in action on those cupcakes you tempted us with on Instagram! Incredible!

  23. 23
    Sues says:

    OMG this looks out of control good. I could eat a whole jar of it 🙂

  24. 24

    Oh goodness, I’ll just be spooning this right into my mouth!

  25. 25

    I’d use this frosting as a fall dip — so so yum!! 😀

  26. 26

    I could eat this with a spoon and call it dinner! Love this!

  27. 27

    ooooh man! I love brown butter frosting… but pumpkin spice? Give me a spoon and a jar and I’ll be all set! 🙂

  28. 28

    I love that this frosting has its own post!

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    Marian says:

    You can bet I’d be eating this straight out of the jar!

  31. 31

    I never thought of putting pumpkin in the actual frosting. I can’t wait to try this.

  32. 32
    Simply Elegant says:

    Very good, but when do you add the brown sugar?

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    Rlangdon says:

    I tried this, but something must have gone wrong. After 10 minutes the butter didn’t get very brown and it started to separate and I had some large pieces of gunk in the bottom of the pan. I still made the frosting, but the frosting had an oily, nutty flavor that was not pleasant. It was a new package of butter, so not rancid, but that is what it reminded me of.

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    Leslie says:

    I wanted to love this, but it was just way too sweet for my taste…and I didn’t even use the 2 extra cups of powdered sugar. I love the idea of brown butter in the frosting though. I just need to figure out a recipe that doesn’t require so much sugar. Your food photography is gorgeous!

  37. 37

    I can’t even begin to tell you how dangerous this is. You could just pass it all this way 😀

  38. 38
    KC says:

    I really want to make this recipe, but how big are the sticks of butter? Here in Canada we have 2 different sizes…

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  43. 43

    Love the green mixer and the recipe.

  44. 44
    Christina says:

    Holy yum!! Must try! Looks amazing!! Ty!

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    virginia trostle says:

    Sounds absolutely yummy even for a diabetic!

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    Katie says:

    Truly delicious. They are, indeed, very sweet. To help offset the taste of sugar I added salt as well as a dash of pumpkin pie spice at the end and some heavy whipping cream to make it easy to pipe onto cupcakes. Then my sis and I considered canceling her baby shower so we wouldn’t have to share with anyone else. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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