Brown Butter Maple Nutmeg Cookies Recipe

Jamie Lothridge | My Baking Addiction

Brown Butter Maple Nutmeg Cookies are the sort of thing that makes the world go 'round. All these wintery flavors in one delicious little package... It's absolute perfection.

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Are you in full-on, cookie-baking-machine mode yet? I certainly am. This year, Eric and I decided we’d go homemade on a lot of gifts. If you follow me over on My Baking Addiction, you know that we’re in the beginning stages of building a custom home. And let me tell you, that ain’t cheap.

So, we decided we’d go easy on our collective wallet and make homemade gifts full of more love than any store-bought gift could ever contain.

This means lots and lots of cookies, homemade candy (like these peppermint Oreo cookie balls), and even cookies in a jar ready to be whipped up by the gift recipient when a cookie craving hits.

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There are lots of festive flavors this time of year. A lot of people gravitate towards peppermint and chocolate, or cranberry, citrus and white chocolate, or gingerbread. One flavor I think gets heavily overlooked this time of year is maple.

Maple is definitely a wintery flavor. Pair it with warming spices like freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon? You’re on to a cookie that is both comforting and lively at the same time. All those fresh spices make for a flavor-packed bite. 

As a baker, I know just how important fresh spices are. They say you shouldn't keep spices around in the cupboard for years on end. Old spices won't hurt you, they just won't have the oomph that a freshly ground spice offers. For this reason, I tend to freshly grind all my baking spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise. I use my handy dandy KitchenIQ spice grater to get the job done. 

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These brown butter maple nutmeg cookies take it one step further with the completely addicting, nutty flavor of brown butter. If you’ve never tried a cookie with brown butter, you are missing out! Butter transforms the longer it cooks, into this luscious, almost caramel-y flavor, even without sugar. Add it to spicy cookies and maple? Good golly, you’re on to something.

Cookies like this wouldn’t be complete without some crunchy nuts and sweet frosting. For heaven’s sake, do not skip the frosting. These cookies are good on their own, but that maple frosting just kicks things into overdrive. I used walnuts because I think they pair well with maple, but feel free to add whatever you have on hand. Pecans or hazelnuts would be scrumptious, or even sunflower seeds, if you’re baking for a nut-free crowd.

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Whatever you do, make these brown butter maple nutmeg cookies immediately. The holidays should always be scented with a little something maple and nutmeg!

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Brown Butter Maple Nutmeg Cookies Recipe

    30 Servings


For the Cookies:
  • 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Raisins
For the Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 1 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Immediately remove butter from heat and pour into the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl. Allow the butter to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar to brown butter and mix with a stand or handheld electric mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until fully combined and creamy in texture.
  5. Add egg and 1 teaspoon maple flavoring; beat on low speed until well combined.
  6. Gradually add in flour mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Stir in walnuts and raisins.
  7. Drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Bake in preheated oven 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light brown. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before placing them on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cookies are cool, prepare the frosting: In medium bowl, combine milk, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
  9. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  10. Slowly add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar until blended.
  11. Spread frosting onto the top of each cookie using an offset spatula.
  12. Store in an airtight container. 


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Author: Jamie Lothridge
Recipe Yields: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Servings Per Recipe 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 47
Calories 138

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 24mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 15g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jamie Lothridge

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Jamie has an addiction to all things baking, as you'd guess from her blog, My Baking Addiction. She creates all things cookies just for us Food Fanatics, though.

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