Thankful. Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season in coming just in time this year! Like many of you, I'm ready to turn my focus to love and being thankful for my family and friends and all that I'm blessed with. How perfectly designed it is that we begin the season with Thanksgiving, continue on to Christmas, cherishing our friends and family, and end the year with thoughts and prayers for the New Year.
Like many of you, baking is at center of warm holiday gatherings. My family may have a cookie addiction thanks to our momma spoiling us throughout the years. One cookie in particular I had yet to make myself was the classic maple leaf cookie inspired from the tasty treats coming down from Canada. Baking these cookies was on my fall bucket list and I'm happy to say I checked it off! Sorry apple orchard, I never visited you this year! Too busy making cookies!
I had a few requests from friends and family to share my recipe so here it is and i hope you have a few spare hours before Thanksgiving to give them a try!
Maple Leaf Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp maple flavoring (I prefer Watkins)
½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
Egg whites or milk
Brown sugar (dry)
Cream filling ingredients
1 ½ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp maple flavoring
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
2. In a large stand mixer bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the maple flavoring and maple syrup.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture until the cookie dough is formed.
5. Refrigerate your cookie dough for 20 minutes prior to rolling out. (it makes things easier if you have the time!)
6. Roll out your dough and cut out cookies with a leaf shaped cookie cutter. Since they will be
sandwiched together, try to make them quite thin.
7. If desired, create leaf lines in the dough with a small knife. Brush the cookie with egg whites or milk and
sprinkle with dried brown sugar to create a beautiful effect.
7. Bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheets for about 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly
8. Let cool completely on cooling racks before sandwiching the cookies together.
In your stand mixer, beat the softened butter. with the whisk attachment. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until the sugar is mixed in. Add the maple flavoring and mix until the filling is light and fluffy. Taste test as this is delicious!
Assemble the cookies
Once the cookies are cool, spread a generous amount of filling on the inside of a cookie and sandwich with the other. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from Food Nouveau Homemade Maple Leaf Cookies.