Brown Butter & Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Brown butter combined with apples and cinnamon to truly bring your taste buds into the Fall season

Updated July 22, 2022

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Say hello to one of the most delicious roll out sugar cookie recipes you will ever try. This recipe oozes Fall – apples, cinnamon, and brown butter all come together to create this soft and tasty cookie. Updated now to incorporate some staple ingredients that are currently sitting in your pantry, this recipe is now easier than ever to make!

This recipe I originally had cake flour in it which seemed totally doable in my eyes. After all, I bake cakes and cookies so cake flour is typical in my pantry. However I quickly realized it’s not a staple for most people. So after the Fall season passed I made a mental note to come back and update this recipe to exclude cake flour and work to make this an easier recipe for all – not just the every day bakers.

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Q & A

Do I have to use browned butter? Can I just use regular unsalted butter?

Yes, of course you totally can…but your cookie isn’t going to be as flavorful as intended. The brown butter really helps elevate the flavors of the apple and cinnamon, and just pulls together the whole cookie beautifully. I recommend browning your butter but of course it is entirely up to you.

Do I have to add the apple sugar mix on top of the cookie?

Not at all! The apple sugar mix sprinkled on top of the cookie is just helping to push those flavors even further. The benefit of the apple sugar mix is you don’t need to be a master royal icing or buttercream decorator to enjoy this gorgeous cookie. This apple sugar mix helps make this cookie beautiful – and ready to eat! If you plan to decorate with royal icing or buttercream then you can leave the cookie without (or with! It’s up to you!).

Do I need a kitchen scale?

If you bake even a handful of times a year I reallyyyyy recommend having a kitchen scale. Measuring by weight vs. volume can dramatically reduce the errors we make when measuring, so as always – yes, I absolutely think you should use a kitchen scale for (and all) recipes.

Can I sub the freeze dried apples for baked/dried apples?

I used freeze dried apples for the recipe because freeze dried fruit remove all the moisture but you still have the benefit of the flavor. The recipe is balanced so that the moisture allowed (sugar, eggs, etc) is just enough to ensure the cookie holds its shape, but also stays soft. Dried fruit does not remove all the water so I don’t recommend using it in the recipe because it will disrupt the overall intended structure of the cookie.


Tools For The Job

kitchen scale

stand mixer or hand mixer

parchment paper

blender or food processor

fine mesh strainer

Brown Butter & Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yields: Approximately 2 dozen cookies @ 3” diameter

Prep Time: approximately 1 hour

Chill Time: 2 hours minimum, up to 24 hours

Bake Time: 10 minutes

Total Hands On Time: approximately 2 hours

Browning Butter Instructions


330 g unsalted butter (1 ½ cups or 3 sticks)

Heat safe bowl


Using a light color deep frying pan, on medium high heat place all your butter into frying pan. A light colored base frying pan will help you see as the butter browns so that you do not over cook it. As butter melts make sure you are stirring consistently so that the butter evenly cooks. Butter will begin to simmer, but continue to stir. This process will take about 5 to 7 minutes. Once you begin to see brown pieces of butter along the bottom of the frying pan, immediately turn off heat and transfer into a heat safe bowl. I recommend placing the bowl on a kitchen scale so you can weigh how much brown butter you have. You should be left with approximately 225g to 230g.

Allow to cool completely at room temperature. The browned butter bits will all have fallen to the bottom of the bowl, so you just need to give it a good stir/whip so that those browned butter pieces are evenly distributed throughout the butter.

Allow about 2 to 3 hours to cool and slightly solidify before proceeding with making cookies. The browned butter will be very soft. If you plan to use later on then simply cover well and place in refrigerator until needed. It will keep in the refrigerator for about one week.


390g ( 3 cups) All Purpose Flour

227g (1 cup) browned butter, soften at room temperature (see directions above)

170g (1 cup) light brown sugar, packed

35g (~2 cups or 1.25 oz) freeze dried apples

1 large egg at room temperature

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp corn starch

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp fine sea salt

Apple Sugar Mixture Ingredients (Optional)

3 tbsp granulated sugar

2 tsp of freeze dried apple powder

¼ tsp of cinnamon


Before beginning, refer to the Browning Butter Instructions above. Once completed then proceed.

Place browned butter and sugar into stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Scrape down bowl and add egg and vanilla, and mix on medium high until the egg is incorporated.

In a food processor or blender, grind down freeze dried apples into a powder. Then sift through the fine mesh strainer to remove the larger pieces/skin of apple. If you are making the apple cinnamon sugar mixture, take 2 tsp of the powder and place in a small bowl, and then add the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Place in ziplock bag and store in a cool, dry location. The remaining apple powder will be added to the dry ingredients in the next step.

In a separate bowl, add flour, apple powder, baking powder, corn starch, cinnamon and sea salt. You will need to sift the dry ingredients to ensure the apple powder evenly distributes. Once ingredients are well combined you will pour into the wet ingredients. Turn mixer on low to allow the dry ingredients to begin mixing slowly into the wet ingredients. After about 30 seconds turn to medium. You will know the dough is ready when it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and comes together on the paddle attachment. If your dough is a bit crumbly and not pulling together well, place out on parchment paper and knead with hands for a bit until it comes together – typically about 1 minute. You may also need to knead between cutting shapes.

Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll to ⅜” thickness, or desired thickness. Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to 24 hours. I generally prepare my dough the night before and bake in the morning. So I average having my dough in the refrigerator for about 12 hours before baking.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Remove cookies from refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before cutting shapes. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat about 1” apart. If you want to use the apple cinnamon sugar but don’t want it as a top coating, here is another trick – once you have cut the shapes, coat the bottom of the cookie in the cinnamon sugar and then place on the baking sheet. This will create a crystalized sugar coating on the bottom so you’ll get all the extra flavor without sacrificing the smooth top.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until you begin to see edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool. If you plan to use the apple sugar mixture on the cookies, generously sprinkle the mixture on the cookies right after being removed from oven. A hot/warm cookie will ensure that the sugar ‘sticks’.

Allow cookies to cool on wire rack completely before enjoying.

2 responses to “Brown Butter & Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies”

  1. Cake flour……??? Is there a sub/hack so that I don’t have to buy an entire bag for a single batch of cookies?

Tried the recipe? What did you think??

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