Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

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Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

I don’t know about your taste buds, but these bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles might be my favorite recipe to transition from November to December. All November long, we indulged in pies and tarts and warm, nutty flavors, but with December upon us, it’s time to hop to Christmas. We need gingerbread and peppermint and cocoa, but most of all, we need COOKIES. So, without further ado, bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles.

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Growing up, snickerdoodles were my fave. All the kids at the mall would go for the chocolate chip cookies or the big iced slices of cookie cake, but me? I just wanted a snickerdoodles. Now, as an adult, I still love a snickerdoodle from time to time, but moreso than that, I love brown butter and bourbon. Those two flavors make for a warm and comforting combination that, honestly, I’m kinda shocked hasn’t made it’s way into a cookie on this site until now. These are FABULOUS, and I can’t wait to tell you how to make them.

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

We start with the butter. Browning butter is a skill in and of itself, but luckily, I made a tutorial on how to do it well! Brown a cup of butter on the stove and allow it to cool. Add in the brown sugar, sugar, and eggs, followed by the bourbon and vanilla extract. Next, we toss in the dry ingredients and roll rounds of dough into little cookie balls! Easy peasy.

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles are a great options for the adult cookie lovers in your life or for basically anyone with an affinity for bourbon. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear all about the great treats you plan on making this year, so shoot me an email if you have any terrific ideas. Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy brown sugar snickerdoodles scented with bourbon. Lightly salted and perfectly sweetened, these cookies are a delicious fall treat to serve a crowd or anyone who loves a little bourbon whiskey. Learn how simple it is to make these one-bowl cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles you should try:

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans
Brown Butter Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Brown Butter Blondies
Bourbon Caramel Cake
Bourbon Bundt Cake

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Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Bourbon brown butter snickerdoodles are chewy brown sugar cookies scented with bourbon and rolled in cinnamon sugar!

  • Author: Kate Wood, cookie base adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chopped
  • 11/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. Stir regularly to allow the butter to melt evenly. The butter will melt, bubble, foam, and finally begin to brown after about 5 minutes. Continue stirring all along until the butter mixture turns a golden amber color and smells nutty and fragrant. Scrape the contents of the pan into a large bowl and place in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Once about room temperature, stir in the brown sugar and ½ cup sugar. Add in the egg, yolk, bourbon, and vanilla, and stir to combine. Add in the flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt and stir on low just until combined. Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to portion out 2 tablespoon-sized rounds of dough and roll in hands quickly to smooth. The dough is dry. Combine the remaining ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl and toss each dough ball in the mixture. Place on a covered pan in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.
    When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Place dough balls 2” apart on the try and bake for 11-12 minutes or until the tops are cracked. Remove from oven to cool completely before enjoying.

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25 thoughts on “Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles”

  1. Deelish!! Brown butter, my new favorite. Now the challenge is not eating all of them in one sitting.
    I printed out the recipe and stored it in my All Time Greats folder.

  2. I grew up baking and cooking in the sixties and I learned to make snickerdoodles early on. I have been amazed at the resurgence of their popularity because I always considered them so ordinary. However, being a Kentucky girl, this bourbon version will be in my oven tonight!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Just tried this recipe today and it is sinfully delicious! My spouse said, “It’s one of the better cookies I’ve ever had,” and I agree! They are flavorful, a little crispy on the outside while remaining moist and chewy in the center. We let them cool for about 15 minutes, but still ate our respective cookies when they were warm. Perfection!

  4. Excellent cookies!!! The best snickerdoodle I’ve ever had. The dough came together super quickly and baked up beautifully. The bourbon adds an extra level of flavor that is aromatic and rich. Will definitely make again and again.

  5. These are by far the best cookies I made this year out of the 7 types I made. The bourbon really adds depth to the cookie and I greatly reccomend not skipping it for those on the fence about adding it. I rolled mine in decorating sugar (larger grains) in place of regular sugar and it added a wonderful crunch. This recipe will definitely be made annually in my family for years to come.

    1. “Accidentally” doubled the bourbon?! I’m from Kentucky, home of all bourbon… I call “liar liar pants on fire!!!”

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  7. These are delicious! I have to say I am not a bourbon fan so I used milk instead. Now I am wondering if some spiced rum would be good… The browned butter makes such a difference. Will definitely be making these again!

  8. The cookies are really good and the recipe is easy to follow and bakes up as stated. My husband really likes snickerdoodle cookies and has an obsession with collecting and tasting different bourbons. The brown butter, very fragrant and rich, overpowers the bourbon once baked. Still, a very good cookie! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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