brown butter maple cornbread

If I’m truly honest, bread is what I look forward to most at holiday meals (ok, at any meal). As the baker of the family, bread and dessert fall squarely on my shoulders, and this year I’ll be serving brown butter maple cornbread.

Brown Butter Maple Cornbread | Tutti Dolci Nutty brown butter and dark amber maple syrup infuse the cornbread with fall flavors. Once you’ve browned the butter, the batter is a cinch to make; bake in a cast iron skillet for nice crisp edges that yield to a soft center (thank you, buttermilk!). Serve this cornbread for Thanksgiving and you’ll have no leftovers to speak of, only crumbs. (Other alternatives: pumpkin spice biscuits and one-hour dinner rolls).

Brown Butter Maple Cornbread | Tutti Dolci Brown Butter Maple Cornbread | Tutti Dolci

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Brown Butter Maple Cornbread

  • Yield: 12 servings


  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet (or cake pan). Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour into a small bowl to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, eggs, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and fold in until almost combined. Fold in cooled brown butter just until combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake for 18 to 19 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in skillet on a wire rack for 10 minutes; use a thin spatula to loosen cornbread from skillet before serving.


  • Calories: 225


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  1. The flavors in this cornbread are so perfect for this time of year. Absolutely love it. Awesome pics as usual Laura:)

  2. I feel like I can almost taste the great flavours in this cornbread. Maple syrup and browned butter sound irresistible!

  3. I have to admit that I’ve never tried brown butter! This corn bread looks absolutely gorgeous. Pinning and trying it soon. 🙂

  4. Bread is my weakness too. . I could eat bread and butter all day long! Love this brown butter maple cornbread!! Nutty brown butter and dark amber maple syrup. . oh my gawd, sounds so good!

  5. This. Sounds. Divine! What a lovely spin on traditional cornbread and the flavors sound like they would be perfect with Thanksgiving flavors.

  6. I really shouldn’t eat too much bread of any sort as it makes my belly bloat like crazy… I’m not coeliac, so go figure. That said… I love a good bread and this one looks yummy!

  7. This sounds so perfect! Brown butter is ALWAYS a good idea and maple syrup just amps it up more! Keeping this as a to-try for sure. 🙂

  8. My mother loved cornbread! And her’s always had a few tablespoons of sugar in the batter. I might like your recipe better though! Maple syrup and brown sugar paired with browned butter are an unbeatable combination!

  9. You know I’m all about the bread, too. 🙂 Which is why I may have to make even more room on the Thanksgiving table for this delish cornbread!

  10. You and brown butter are the best friends! I love EVERYTHING you make with brown butter. You should write a brown butter sweets series! This corn bread must be SO good!

  11. Again that magic ingredient brown butter (which I love so much). I’ve never thought to put it in cornbread but it would be heavenly! 😀

  12. I can imagine the lovely flavor of this cornbread! What a great idea to pair brown butter and maple!

  13. This sounds like the perfect bread to serve for Thanksgiving Laura. With the maple and cornmeal, it sounds like it could have been on the early American settlers tables!

  14. I am with you Laura on bread – it is the best! Love, love your cornbread with the brown butter – simply perfect!

  15. I came across this recipe this morning and decided to try it with dinner. My husband and I loved it! So delicious and much better than the recipe I use now. I’ll definitely be making it again.