Pumpkin Spice Brown Butter Frosting

Sharing my favorite buttercream frosting recipe today! 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 🙂

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This buttercream frosting was so amazing I decided to give it it’s own post. It’s perfect on your favorite cupcakes, cakes, crackers and even from a spoon. Enjoy!

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Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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.

How To Make Brown Butter

  1. Place butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Swirl and melt completely. Butter will boil. Continue to swirl and cook until butter turns golden brown and brown bits start forming on bottom of pan. Once butter has a nutty scent and is deep golden brown, remove from heat and transfer to a heat proof bowl. Make sure you spoon out all little black bits from the saucepan. Let brown butter cool at least 15 minutes before using in a cookie recipe.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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

How To Make Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  1. 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.
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to frost.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Beat butter until nice and creamy.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Slowly add cooled browned butter.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

A little brown sugar up next.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Pumpkin time!

Cinnamon and Nutmeg

My favorite Fall spices.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Smells like a dream.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Mix her up.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Time for the powdered sugar.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Lots of powdered sugar, lol!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Oh yah, wait until you try this!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting

This Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting makes the perfect frosting for all of your Fall baked desserts! It's even delicious on crackers and right from a spoon.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings: 30
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: 5
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to frost.

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 638IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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40 Responses
  1. KC

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

  2. Tara @ Live a Sweet Life

    I can’t even begin to tell you how dangerous this is. You could just pass it all this way ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Leslie

    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!

  4. Rlangdon

    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.

  5. Renee @ Awesome on $20

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

  6. Laurie {SimplyScratch}

    ooooh man! I love brown butter frosting… but pumpkin spice? Give me a spoon and a jar and I’ll be all set! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Maegan @ The BakerMama

    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!

  8. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

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

  9. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

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

  10. Angie | Big Bears Wife

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

  11. Melanie @ carmelmoments.com

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

  12. Terry Campbell

    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!

  13. Tieghan

    Oh wow, oh wow! This is incredible! Just hand over the testing spoons, I think I will need them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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