Maple Sugar Cookies
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
This recipe mostly comes about because of #FoodieExtravaganza having maple syrup as a topic this month and coinciding with the 12 Days of #ChristmasCookies. And maple being a family favorite here, I thought to make these. And I know you might be thinking that this is more of an autumn recipe, it really is not. The cookies themselves have such a great flavor. And I did try to dress the leaves as close as I could to Christmas colors, but just like with any other sugar cookie cut-out recipe, you can use any shape cookie cutter you desire, as well as any sprinkle. The maple flavor will be welcome year-round, I assure you.
So I did do the green, red and white sugars. But my favorite is sprinkling them with pure maple sugar, which is actually the crystallized reduction of maple syrup itself with all the liquid removed. You’ll note in the photos it has sort of a brownish tone and that is because the sugars in it melt and caramelize right on the cookie, for an insanely delicious burst of both caramel and maple.
If I had little ones still around I’m sure I’d be digging into the Santa and snowman cookie cutters. I liked having the chance to use the leaf cutter for the adults around here (Yes, my baby girl is well into her twenties, even though she’s still my baby girl- she will always be my baby girl. My mom used to tell the same thing to me and I never understood really, but time does in fact reveal all…)
I am getting out of here quick tonight so do pardon my rush–I have had a wicked time with my back hurting today. I think I have a date with a heating pad and naproxen. But don’t worry- I’ll be back tomorrow with Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies and Chestnut Praline Latte Cookies on Friday. Cookies will continue through the weekend with Turtle Chocolate Chip Cookies on Saturday and Cherry-Pistachio Icebox Cookies on Sunday. That’s a lot of baking! I hope to see you each and every day. Until then-
Maple Sugar Cookies
Yield: 5 dozen cookies
- 3/4 cup soft unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 beaten egg white (mixed with one tablespoon of water)
- maple sugar, coarse sparkling sugar or decorative cookie sugars as needed
- Cream together the butter, shortening, confectioners sugar and maple syrup until light and fluffy in an electric mixer.
- Beat in the extracts, vanilla, salt, egg and baking powder.
- Mix the flour in until the dough is smooth.
- Divide dough in half and wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place dough ball on lightly floured silpat and put plastic over it; roll out dough about 1/4″ thick; cut out cookies with cutters and lift with a butter knife to place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
- Keep portion of dough not being used refrigerated, including between batches.
- Use a pastry brush to brush tops of cookies with egg white wash and sprinkle with either maple sugar (this has the most intense of maple flavor) or sparkling sugars or cookie sugars, as you prefer.
- Depending on your type pan, how thick and cold the dough is from handling or your oven, bake about 16-19 minutes or until firm and lightly browned at the edges.
- Cool cookies on parchment (slide the paper to a wire rack).
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
The Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient or theme into recipes to share with you. We take turns hosting and this month it’s Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook.
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December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day and Lauren challenged us to bake with, cook with, or make a beverage with maple syrup. (For some international bloggers who can’t find maple syrup, they’ll be joining the fun with honey as a substitute.)
And don’t forget to check out all these other maply recipes:
- Basbousa – Egyptian Semolina Cake from Sneha of Sneha’s Recipe
- Bangin’ Breakfast Potatoes from Rebekah of Making Miracles
- Gluten-Free Maple Chestnut Cookies from Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking
- Maple Pecan Bars from Nichole of Cookaholic Wife
- Maple Sugar Cookies from Sue of Palatable Pastime
- Maple Walnut Vinaigrette from Tara of Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Momiji Tempura from Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Overnight French Toast Casserole from Elaine of Cookin and Craftin
- Rosemary Maple Glazed Turkey Breast from Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook
- The Back Forty Cocktail from Stacy of Food Lust People Love
Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies. Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies. We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness! May your holidays be sweet!
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
- Classic American Sugar Cookies from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Gingerbread Men from The Freshman Cook
- Gluten-Free Maple Chestnut Cookies from Caroline’s Cooking
- Maple Sugar Cookies from A Palatable Pastime
- Nutty Triple Chocolate Cookies from Family Around the Table
- Tangerine and Dark Chocolate Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Simple and Savory