Miso cookies recipe

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Our brown butter cookies with white chocolate and miso might sound a little unusual but they are truly delicious.

Brown butter cookies
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins plus chilling
Cooking Time12 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories313 Kcal16%
Fat15 g21%
Saturated Fat9 g45%
Carbohydrates41 g16%

These miso cookies are delightfully different - sweet with a savoury, earthy twist that we absolutely love.

You might never have thought to use miso in sweet baking before - we certainly hadn't. But in this recipe, the miso adds a really amazing savoury twist. Think of it a little like the effect of salt in salted caramel. It almost amplifies the sweetness of the biscuits, while also balancing it with that distinctive Japanese umami flavour. White miso paste is made from fermented soybeans, and you can usually find it in larger supermarkets. Check in the world food aisle. Otherwise it's available in specialist Asian food stores.


  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g white miso paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g white chocolate chunks




  1. Heat the butter on a medium heat until light brown. Remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4. Beat together the cooled butter, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the miso and beat to combine. Slowly add the egg until everything comes together, adding a spoonful of flour if needed.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and briefly beat, just to combine. Tip the mixture out onto a piece of cling film. Roll into a sausage shape, using the cling film to cover. Chill. Cut into slices and arrange on a lined baking tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just golden round the edges and cooked through. Leave to cool.

Top tip for making miso cookies

If you can't find white paste, you can substitute it for dark paste, but this has a stronger flavour, so we recommend adding a little less.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies