Spiced Brown Butter Muscovado Sugar Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
  • 24 tablespoons (344 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (210 g) dark muscovado sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (96 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) real vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (408 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (136 g) bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons (5 g) cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 cups (260 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) real maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon maple extract, optional
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) milk, or more to thin
  1. To make the cookies, place the butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and melt over medium heat.
  2. Once melted, crank up the heat to medium high, stirring constantly. Small golden bits will start to settle on the bottom of the pan, and it will start to have a nutty aroma. This should take around 3 to 5 minutes. Once this happens, take the pan off of the heat and pour the butter into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Once cooled slightly, add the muscovado and granulated sugar and mix on medium until blended. The mixture will be thick. Add in the eggs, one at a time, making sure to blend completely before adding in the next. Add in the vanilla and mix for 1 minute more. Be sure to break up any large muscovado lumps.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, bread flour, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, sea salt and cardamom. Add this to the brown butter mixture and mix on low until the mixture comes together and is no longer crumbs. Separate into two equal halves and pat each mound of dough into a disc. Typically sugar cookie dough needs a light hand. Not this dough. You’ll need to almost knead it to get it to adhere together.
  4. Press any cracks or fissures together.
  5. Place a dough disc between two layers of parchment paper. If you have a silicone baking mat, place it underneath the parchment to keep it from sliding on the counter. Roll the dough to ½-inch (1.3-cm) thickness. Pull the dough with the parchment onto a baking sheet and chill in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes or in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes, max. The dough should chill quickly. If at any point the dough starts sticking to the floured cookie stamps, put it back in the freezer for 5 minutes or in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  6. Conversely, if it’s too chilled, let it come closer to room temperature to stamp, or it will be too hard.
  7. Cover several baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. If using cookie stamps, dip the cookie stamps in some flour and dust off the excess. Evenly press the cookie stamp onto the dough, making sure to press firmly to get the detailed imprint, and then use a fluted, round cutter to cut the cookie from the dough. Grab a spatula to move the cut-out cookie to your prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and make sure a rack is in the top third of the oven at least 6 inches (15 cm) from the heat source.
  10. Place the cookies in the freezer for 30 minutes and then take them directly from the freezer to the top rack of the oven and bake for 9 minutes. It’s crucial not to overbake these. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
  11. To make the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup, maple extract, if using, and milk until you have a thin glaze. Place a baking sheet underneath the cooling rack. Dip the cooled cookies into the glaze, letting the excess drip back into the bowl…you want the glaze to be thin enough that you can see the detail from the cookie stamps. Set the cookies back on the cooling rack to dry completely and serve!
I used a 2½-inch (6.3-cm) cookie stamp for these. If you don’t have any cookie stamps, these are definitely still worth making using just a round cookie cutter.
Recipe by Bake from Scratch at https://www.bakefromscratch.com/spiced-brown-butter-muscovado-sugar-cookies-cookie-book/