Monday, October 8, 2012

Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies

Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies

I can’t help but love the flavors of the season.  And it hit me this weekend, when it was a bit chilly out, that this is the season for brown butter.  Ok, so there really isn’t a season that’s not for brown butter.  But if any are, it’s fall.  It’s the perfect color, the smell is very autumn-like and who doesn’t want to warm up in front of the stove while waiting for those little golden specks to appear?  I found myself doing just that this weekend.  I don’t drink a lot, especially bourbon.  But we had some in the house for a recipe that I developed a couple weeks ago.  So I had been toying with the idea of a bourbon cookie for a while when it hit me: brown butter bourbon spice cookies.  At that point, my heart was set, the idea was solid and I instantly set about browning some butter.

These cookies did a fabulous job warming me up and they really just made me more excited for what is to come this fall.  I spent the weekend, as I do a lot of weekends, in the kitchen.  I made homemade pumpkin puree, roasted pumpkin seeds, chicken tortilla soup, and some fall-inspired granola and these heart-warming brown butter bourbon spice cookies.  You can say that my house is in full-fall swing.  I hope you are ready for it!

Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies

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Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies Recipe

Yield: 14-16 large cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

A fall-inspired cookie recipe with warm brown butter, sweet bourbon and spicy hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.


12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned (see note below) & cooled
2 1/2 cups (11 1/4 ounces by weight) flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces by weight) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces by weight) light brown sugar
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces by weight) granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. Bourbon


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with a Silpat liner or parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice together until blended. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add all of the sugars, along with the cooled brown butter and, using a paddle attachment, mix until well-blended. It won't be creamy like a normal cookie batter. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined. With the mixer on low sweet, add the bourbon and mix until it is distributed.

Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Using a 2 3/4-ounce ice cream scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are just done on the edges.

Cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Cassie's Notes:
To brown the butter: place butter pieces in a small sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter begins to foam, stir with a wire whisk and continue to whisk constantly. The color will begin to change and you'll see some brown flakes on the bottom of the pan. Continue to stir until the butter has a nutty fragrance and is golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir until the foam subsides. The whole process will take 8-10 minutes. Be patient!

Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies


81 Responses to “Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies”

  1. #
    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie — October 9, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Brown butter is perfect for fall (but really it works all year round!). Then you threw in some fall spices – sign me up. ANd of course a little bourbon never hurt anyone 😉

  2. #
    Tracey — October 9, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    You had me at brown butter Cassie! These cookies couldn’t be more perfect for fall, excited to try them 🙂

  3. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 9, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    I can’t wait to start cooking and eating with alcohol! Brown butter definitely makes these cookies so worth it!

  4. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 9, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Oh my goodness, Cassie. These sound amazing! Such a great combination of flavors. And brown butter = fally? Makes sense to me!

  5. #
    Vicki Bensinger — October 9, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    These sound amazing. I love the brown butter and bourbon combined with the 3 sugars. It sounds to me like it would almost have a maple flavor. Yum, I’m saving this recipe to try later. Thanks for sharing.

  6. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 9, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    These are perfect for fall. Love the brown butter and all the spice!

  7. #
    Kiran @ — October 10, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    I want to dunk each and every cookie into my afternoon tea. Really.

  8. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — October 10, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    If I was left to choose only one type of booze for baking it would be bourbon! And brown butter, there are not enough words to express that flavor. Such a fantastic recipe!

  9. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — October 10, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    These are some good looking cookies Cassie. brown butter makes everything taste better

  10. #
    Joann @ The Italian Next Door — October 11, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    These look really good…..the perfect fall cookie!

  11. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — October 11, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    These cookies look so thick and chewy! I bet the bourbon adds a great richness to them.

  12. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — October 12, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    I can just imagine how good these smell baking up in the oven!

  13. #
    kellie — October 16, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    just took these out of the oven. they are amazing!! thanks again for sharing the recipe!!

  14. #
    Kelley @ the culinary enthusiast — April 29, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Great looking recipe! I think I will make these for a Derby-themed party we’re having this weekend. Perfect addition to my menu! I just discovered your blog, and I’m glad I did! Beautiful work.

  15. #
    Robyn — December 8, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    I made these for the Food Bloggers Cookie Swap this year and I stuffed them with Bourbon Caramels. AMAZING!

  16. #
    Rhonda — January 7, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    I made these today and they were excellent! Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cassie replied: — January 8th, 2015 @ 7:38 am

      So glad you liked these, Rhonda. Thanks for reading!


  17. #
    LadyRahme — December 22, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    Look delicious. Can you roll this dough and use cookie cutters? Thanks!

    • Cassie replied: — December 22nd, 2015 @ 11:57 am

      Hi, I am not sure…I have never tried to roll out the dough. I don’t believe it would be stiff enough but you could try adding more flour, and adjusting the spices and then roll it out.


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