Brown Butter Maple Cookies

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Soft & chewy maple cookies lightly laced with nutty brown butter and cinnamon, then drizzled in a buttery maple glaze for the ultimate seasonal cookie! Vegan.

These Brown Butter Maple Cookies combine everything you love about soft sugar cookies, the rich nuttiness of browned butter, and the bold sweetness of maple syrup. It’s simply the perfect fall cookie to serve with a hot cup of coffee, a scoop of cold ice cream, or a large mug of Vegan Hot Chocolate. Get ready to indulge in your new favorite cookie.

Table of Contents
  1. All About These Soft Maple Cookies
  2. Ingredients for Brown Butter Maple Cookies
  3. How to Make Brown Butter Maple Cookies
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. How to Store Brown Butter Maple Cookies
  6. Recipe FAQs
  7. Brown Butter Maple Cookies Recipe
four maple cookies stacked on top of each other on a white dotted plate

All About These Soft Maple Cookies

Let it be known that these brown butter maple cookies are not your average seasonal cookie. In addition to being loaded with nutty brown butter and a double dose of real maple flavor (thank you maple syrup and maple extract), they’re rolled in a warm cinnamon-sugar coating, then drizzled with a rich and buttery maple glaze. The result? A soft maple cookie recipe that quite literally melts in your mouth! 

It’s easily become one of my favorite fall cookie recipes, rivaling my other soft sugar cookie recipes (see Vegan Chai Sugar Cookies, Strawberry Sugar Cookies, Vegan Chocolate Cookies, and these Flourless Tahini Sugar Cookies for my gluten-free friends!). In fact, I might suggest making a double batch because these wholesome treats won’t last long.

Now turn up your favorite seasonal tunes and let’s get baking!

Ingredients for Brown Butter Maple Cookies

Baking these homemade cookies requires just 12 basic ingredients, including the cinnamon sugar coating and maple butter glaze! Here’s what you’ll need:

ingredients for brown butter maple cookies laid out on a marble kitchen countertop
  • Ground flaxseed: ​My go-to egg replacer in both sweet and savory recipes that helps to bind the cookie dough together and make the perfect chewy texture. 
  • Salted butter: I used Country Crock plant-based salted butter, but any butter of choice goes. If you are using an unsalted butter, increase the pinch of salt to adjust for this lack of salt. 
  • Flour: Classic all-purpose flour is my go-to in most of my holiday cookies, and these maple cookies are no different. For the most accurate measurement, measure your flour using the spoon-and-level method or use a baking scale.  
  • Cornstarch: Helps to create a more delicate and tender cookie texture, and like the flax, helps to bind the dough together. 
  • Sugar: You’ll need brown sugar for the cookie dough, granulated cane sugar for the cinnamon-sugar coating, and powdered sugar for the maple icing. If you only have granulated white sugar on hand, good news! You can use it to make your own Homemade Brown Sugar and Powdered Sugar 😉
  • Maple syrup: For the best maple flavor, I recommend using both pure maple syrup and maple extract. Please note that pancake syrup is not maple syrup!

How to Make Brown Butter Maple Cookies

  1. Prepare the flax egg and set aside.
  2. Brown ​the butter in a small pot until golden and the protein solids fall to the bottom. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, ​whisk together the dry ingredients. 
  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Transfer the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until a cookie dough forms, scraping the bottom of the bowl to fully incorporate the flour mixture.
  5. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid, and chill the cookie dough for at least one hour. 
  6. Roll the dough into cookie dough balls and coat in cinnamon sugar.
  7. Place the cookies 2″ apart on a baking sheet, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffy and golden around the edges. Meanwhile, prep ​the maple glaze. 
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack, then drizzle with maple glaze and enjoy!
brown butter maple cookies served on a wide plate stacked on top of each other

Caitlin’s Cooking Tips

  • Not all dairy-free butters will brown! This is because dairy-free butters and traditional butters are very different in their composition. Browning butter requires a Maillard reaction, which typically occurs when the milk proteins and sugars in dairy butter interact with heat. This reaction causes the characteristic nutty flavor and brown color. With that being said, Country Crock, Miyoko’s Creamery, Flora, and Kite Hill European Style butters will brown and have that nutty flavor. 
  • Purchase a cookie scoop. Not only does a cookie scoop speed up the cookie baking process (and who doesn’t want that?!), but a scoop ensures each cookie is the exact same size. This encourages even baking and bakery-worthy cookies. Plus, cookie scoops can be used for much more than making cookies. I use mine to make meatballs, dolloping mashed potatoes overtop a Shepherd’s Pie filling, filling a muffin tin, making Energy Bites, Chocolate Truffles, and creating Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops​.
  • Forego the parchment paper or silicone baking mat. ​When baking cookies, I always recommend baking directly on a nonstick baking tray. This encourages the edges to brown and become golden brown! I use and highly recommend the Caraway Home Essential Bakeware Set.

Serving Suggestions

These maple cookies are the perfect dessert to bring to any friend or family get-together throughout the holiday season. They’re delicious served with or without the maple glaze, and are the perfect pair for a tall glass of non-dairy milk, hot cup of coffee or tea, or generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.  

Or, gift your loved ones a holiday cookie box this season filled with a delicious array of soft and chewy cookies, including but not limited to, these brown sugar cookies, Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies, Vegan Pecan Sandies, Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies, and these Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies!If you’re looking for more Christmas cookie recipes, you’ll also love these Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, these Wholesome Ginger Molasses Cookies, and these Vegan Gingerbread Cookies!

How to Store Brown Butter Maple Cookies

Once the maple icing has set and hardened, store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 months. Baked cookies can also be stored in the freezer for up to one month (with or without icing). 

Thaw frozen cookies on the kitchen counter until room temperature and reheat in a toaster oven or microwave until very lightly warmed, if desired.

brown butter maple cookies served on a wide plate stacked on top of each other

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these cookies gluten-free?

I have only tested this recipe using all-purpose flour. If you want to experiment, I’d recommend using a gluten-free flour blend. If you experiment and experience success, please leave a comment down below to share your results with others who are curious!

Is maple syrup vegan?

Yes, pure maple syrup is considered vegan. It is made from the sap of sugar maple trees and therefore is not a derivative of animals. With that being said, look out for maple syrups that are not pure 100% maple syrup. Variations of the pure product can include additives that may or may not be vegan.

Can I substitute brown sugar for maple syrup?

I would not recommend it. Brown sugar and maple syrup, while both sweeteners, have different consistencies and flavor profiles. For example, maple syrup is a liquid, whereas brown sugar is moist, yet granulated. Replacing the maple with brown sugar will make the cookies less moist and crumbly.

Why did my cookies overspread?

Any cookie recipe can overspread if the dough is too warm or the ingredients were measured incorrectly. For best results, chill the dough for at least ​1 hour and use my weighted grams measurements, when possible.

Can I use an electric mixer or a bowl of a stand mixer?

Unlike my cookie recipes made with softened butter that require creaming, these maple cookies are made with melted butter and don’t require an electric hand mixer. However, if you prefer to use one, I’d recommend mixing the dry ingredients in the stand mixing bowl and using a separate bowl to mix the wet ingredients. Then transfer the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix at a low speed using the paddle attachment until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

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Brown Butter Maple Cookies

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Soft & chewy maple cookies lightly laced with nutty brown butter and cinnamon, then drizzled in a buttery maple glaze for the ultimate seasonal cookie! Vegan.


For the Cookie Dough:

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

For the Maple Butter Glaze: (optional, but recommended!)

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2-3/4 cup 55-85g powdered sugar, as needed add in 1 tbsp increments


  • Prep: Spray or line a large baking sheet and set aside. Prepare the flax “egg” by mixing the flaxseed and water well; set aside for at least 5 minutes to let thicken.
  • Brown the Butter: Add the butter to a small pan or pot and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally. The butter will melt completely, then begin to bubble as a white “foam” rises to the top of the butter. Start to stir frequently now, until the foam darkens in color and the protein solids fall to the bottom of the pan and turn golden; this process should take around 10 minutes in total. Remove the butter from the heat immediately and transfer to a glass measuring cup (scrape the pan well!). Place the cup in the fridge for 10 minutes, to allow the butter to cool.
  • Dry Ingredients: In the meantime, whisk the flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk the brown sugar and chilled brown butter together until combined. Add in the flax egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and maple extract (if using) and mix again. Transfer the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a dough forms.
  • Chill: Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. This will allow the butter to re-solidify and for the flour to absorb more moisture and flavor.
  • Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 350F while the cookie dough chills.
  • Roll: Mix the cane sugar and the cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside. Form 2-tablespoon balls of cookie dough, rolling it smooth between your hands. Roll each cookie dough ball in the cinnamon sugar, then place each cookie 2” apart on the baking sheet.
  • Bake: Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes; the cookies will look puffy and pale, but the bottom edges should be golden. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for another 10 minutes, where they will deflate fully. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • Make the Maple Glaze: Add the melted butter to a small bowl along with the maple syrup and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Whisk well, until a smooth icing form; if the mixture is too thin, add additional powdered sugar in 1 tablespoon increments. You can transfer the icing to a piping bag if you want your cookies to be decorated neatly, or simply use a spoon to drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies for a more rustic feel.
  • Serve & Store: Serve cookies after drizzling, or allow the frosting to fully set and harden before storing. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Cookies can also be stored in the freezer for up to one month and reheated as necessary.

Recipe Notes

  • Browning Vegan Butter: Not all vegan butter will brown; but Country Crock, Miyoko’s, Flora, and Kite Hill European Style butters will! If you are using a butter that will not brown simply melt it instead and proceed with the recipe as directed.
Keyword: brown butter cookie, brown butter maple cookie, maple cookie, vegan maple cookie
Course: Dessert
Method: Oven
Cuisine: America, American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

About the Author

Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. 5 stars
    These cookies were so easy to make with such a huge payoff! Super flavorful without being overly sweet. I was a little nervous about browning the vegan butter for the first time but it worked perfectly and added so much to the cookie. Will definitely be making again!

  2. 5 stars
    This was really really good! Probably my favorite cookie I have made in a long time. I will for sure be making this again in the future.

    I need to figure out how you made your glaze look so good, mine was a little runny. But did not affect the taste in a bad way!

    1. I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the Brown Butter Maple Cookies! As for the glaze, here are some tips to achieve a perfect drizzle:

      Glaze Tips:
      Consistency Check: If your glaze is a bit runny, try adding more powdered sugar. Start with small increments (1 tablespoon at a time) until you reach the desired consistency. On the other hand, if the glaze is too thick, you can thin it out by adding a tiny amount of maple syrup or water.
      Whisk Thoroughly: Ensure that you whisk the glaze ingredients well to create a smooth and lump-free consistency. Whisking vigorously helps in achieving a silky texture.
      Chill Glaze: If the glaze is still too runny, you can pop it in the fridge for a short while. Chilling can help it thicken slightly before you drizzle it over the cookies.
      Drizzling Techniques: If you’re using a piping bag, make sure the tip is small for a more controlled drizzle.
      For a rustic look, use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies.

      Additional Suggestions:
      Temperature Matters: Ensure the cookies are completely cooled before adding the glaze. Warm cookies can cause the glaze to melt and become runny.
      Experiment with Glaze Amount: Start by adding a small amount of glaze to each cookie. You can always add more if needed. This way, you have better control over the thickness of the glaze.
      Decorative Touch: For a decorative touch, you can use a piping bag or a zip-top bag with a tiny corner cut off. This allows for more precision in your drizzling.

      You should be able to achieve a picture-perfect glaze on your cookies. Enjoy your baking, and happy holidays!

  3. 5 stars
    This is my second time making this cookie (and it won’t be the last)
    I love them and my family and friends love them!

    My cookies came out so soft and fluffy and the icing was the perfect topping.
    I did make the cookies without the maple extract and they still came out great.
    I love this recipe because I usually keep most of these ingredients on hand and can make them in on whim.

    Thank you!!

      1. 5 stars
        These cookies are scrumptious!!! First time making them last night. I iced them before they were completely cool because I thought my husband was going to eat them all. I will probably double the recipe next time because, like all your recipes, these are absolutely delicious!!

  4. 5 stars
    If you love maple bar donuts, you will love these! The maple extract adds such a nice flavor, and the maple drizzle hardens to such a satisfying crunch once cooled. Plus, the cookies stay moist in the middle. I did bake them for an extra 2 minutes, but I live at about 1000 ft of elevation. Highly recommend!

  5. 5 stars
    Made these to take to a church Christmas party as a dairy free dessert option. So delicious! I didn’t use the maple extract but think I will next time. But even without, they’re so tasty.

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! Easy to follow and I already had all of the ingredients except for maple extract. I brought these to a cookie exchange and they were a hit. I do wish I had flattened the cookies out a bit before going in the oven since they weren’t looking like a regular cookie coming out of the oven (not as wide or flat as pictured) but they tasted so good it didn’t matter!

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for another easy and delicious recipe! I love how this one doesn’t require an electric mixer 🤗I didn’t brown the butter because I’m in Germany and our vegan butter selection is limited but they still came out great. Definitely will be checking out more of your cookie recipes this holiday season!

  8. Love the flavors but I messed up the process somewhere :(. I used miyoko’s butter and the dough seemed to get too hard in the fridge. It was not pliable and difficult to roll into balls, and still cold when going into the oven so the cookies haven’t flattened after 10 min. Maybe my fridge is too cold?? Next time may try to skip that step.

    1. Hi Claire, it seems there may be issues with the vegan butter browning process and the dough becoming too hard during chilling. To improve:

      Ensure the chosen vegan butter (like Miyoko’s) is suitable for browning.
      Adjust the chilling time based on the dough’s consistency rather than a fixed duration.
      If the dough is too hard to roll, let it soften at room temperature briefly.
      If cookies aren’t flattening, gently press them down after 5 minutes of baking.
      Check the glaze consistency, adding more powdered sugar if needed.
      Consider adjusting the fridge temperature if it seems too cold.

      These adjustments should help achieve better results with the brown butter maple cookies.

  9. 5 stars
    Made these this weekend and they came out great 🙂 I added more maple syrup to the icing for a maple overload

  10. 5 stars
    These were the most delicious, chewy cookies I’ve ever made! I substituted gluten-free flour, and my family couldn’t tell they were vegan or gluten-free!