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.
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.
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.
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.
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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