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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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. #
    DessertForTwo — October 8, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    ooooh! I love anything with bourbon! 🙂

  2. #
    baker street — October 8, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    Oh my! Brown butter + bourbon = that’s just the perfect combination, Cassie.

  3. #
    Sommer@ASP — October 8, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    Cassie, those are some good looking cookies! I bet they smell amazing…

  4. #
    leslie — October 8, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    Cassie, these sound ABSOLUTELY amazing. I bet the booze gives them a nice little zing!

  5. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 8, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Unreal!

  6. #
    Cookbook Queen — October 8, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Love the flavor combo in these — you are GENIUS!!

  7. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 8, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    These just scream fall! I want one!

  8. #
    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — October 8, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Holy delicious! The flavor combo is outrageous. Can’t wait to make these for the holidays!!

  9. #
    Joanne — October 8, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    The only time I ever really ingest alcohol is in baked good form! And these sound dreamy. And totally fall-flavored.

  10. #
    Courtney — October 8, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    these look fantastically yummy!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 8, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Brown butter and boozy? sign me up!

  12. #
    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — October 8, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Looks like the perfect autumn treat! My husband wanted cookies, here we go! =D

  13. #
    Stephanie — October 8, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    These had me at brown butter..

  14. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 8, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Brown sugar cookies are on my to-make list! Yours look incredible. And cannot go wrong with browned butter & bourbon & spices. They’re perfect, Cassie!

  15. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 8, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Bourbon and brown butter…how can you go wrong there!!! These cookies are so awesome looking!! Your house sounds like it is all about the Fall…I want to come over and eat cookies with you:-)

  16. #
    marla — October 8, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Love the cookies!!!

  17. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 8, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    This cookie says “Heather you need me”. For real! I need these in my life immediately.

  18. #
    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — October 8, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    These are exceptional! Love the brown butter and bourbon combo!

  19. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — October 8, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    I have no words! AMAZING.

  20. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 8, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    All I had to read was “brown butter” and “bourbon” and I’m in! Wish we lived in the same city and could bake cookies together! 🙂

  21. #
    carrian — October 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    dude, brown butter? HELLO YUMMY!! Plus these look good. I am such a visual person

  22. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 8, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Brown Butter. Bourbon. Cookies. I love you.

  23. #
    Nicole @ Lapetitebaker — October 8, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    What a perfect fall cookie!

  24. #
    kellie — October 8, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    these sound amazing!! thank you!

  25. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — October 8, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Oh, I agree! Every season is brown butter season!

  26. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 8, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    roasted pumpkin seeds! i can’t wait to see your recipe if you post it Cassie! Brown butter- a secret little weapon hiding in our refrigerators. Take EVERYTHING to the next level. I love baking with brown butter! And the bourbon? ooooooooooooooooh my freakin gosh Cassie! 🙂

  27. #
    Suzi — October 8, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    These cookies look and sound just perfectly delicious.

  28. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 8, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Oh my. Cassie, I want to DIE! These look amazing.

  29. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — October 8, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    these are a MUST MAKE!!!

  30. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — October 8, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    wow, these are definitely the flavors of fall!! i love the brown butter and bourbon combo that you have going on – that is so brilliant!! and in cookie form? these would definitely be devoured almost instantly!

  31. #
    Kathryn — October 8, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    So adore the flavours of these cookies Cassie!

  32. #
    Sues — October 8, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Glorious! Who wouldn’t love a little bourbon in their cookies?? Maybe a little on the side, too 🙂

  33. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 8, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    BOURBON and brown butter? This is what heaven looks like! You’re brilliant.

  34. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 8, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Absolutely saving this recipe.

  35. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 8, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I would not survive limiting brown butter to the fall only but I totally know what you mean about how it goes hand in hand with this weather we’ve been having. And these cookies – amazing! I’m all for adding bourbon to dessert-type treats 🙂

  36. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 8, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    These scream fall and I can’t wait to try them!

  37. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — October 8, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    These look amazing Cassie! Thanks for reminding me of brown butter as I’ve been thinking of fall recipes!

  38. #
    Rachel {studio cuisine} — October 8, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    OMG yes! Another fantastic use for brown butter! Pinning these now 🙂

  39. #
    Matt mmWine Horbund — October 8, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Love the recipe. I’m a little dismayed by the lack of bourbon though. 2 Tbsp is a tease 🙂 Im sure they’re fabulous!

    Cheers
    Matt

  40. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — October 8, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    These look amazing. And, fortunately, we’ve got plenty of delicious bourbon cocktail recipes for the remainder of the bottle! 🙂

  41. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — October 8, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I’ll take a dozen please! These sound incredible! 🙂

  42. #
    Anna — October 8, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    I love everything about these!

  43. #
    Kim - Liv Life — October 8, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    It was about a year ago when I discovered just how much I adore browned butter anything! The flavors of this one are certain to be a hit with me too. LOVE!

  44. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 9, 2012 @ 5:22 am

    These look amazing, Cassie! I think they would be the perfect football cookie, too.

  45. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 9, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    Browned butter is my life! Love these!

  46. #
    Cookie and Kate — October 9, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Aw man! I am so sad I didn’t try one of these cookies last night. Brown butter and bourbon spice… I really missed out, huh?

  47. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — October 9, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Oh my, these sound divine! You had me at brown butter…

  48. #
    Carrie @ bakeaholic mama — October 9, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I NEED to make these!!

  49. #
    Laura Dembowski — October 9, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    I’m not always a fan of brown butter, but these cookies look so yummy! I love how they’re big and thick and puffy. These will have to make an appearance in my kitchen soon!

  50. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 9, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Mmmmm, boozy browned butter cookies! I’m loving the alliteration and everything else about these guys. 🙂

  51. #
    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 😉

  52. #
    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 🙂

  53. #
    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!

  54. #
    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!

  55. #
    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.

  56. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 9, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

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

  57. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — October 10, 2012 @ 3:03 am

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

  58. #
    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!

  59. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — October 10, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

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

  60. #
    Joann @ The Italian Next Door — October 11, 2012 @ 7:26 am

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

  61. #
    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.

  62. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — October 12, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

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

  63. #
    kellie — October 16, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

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

  64. #
    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.

  65. #
    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!

  66. #
    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!

      -C.

  67. #
    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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