Recipe by Jan H.
I make this often, I believe it came from an old Good Housekeeping magazine, judging from the cliping. Original recipe called for maple syrup or maple-flavor syrup. I've tried both. Use the real thing, the maple-flavored gives it hardly any flavor at all. Also, the cookies seem to "ripen" after a couple of days. These are very good.
Top Review by cpenner
I made these cookies for Canada Day, using real maple syrup and real butter. I iced them with Sugar Cookie Icing (recipe #64015) to which I added maple extract. They looked great and they tasted good too. Despite using real maple syrup, I didn't find the maple taste came through very strongly... it was more of a subtle maple taste. The cookies weren't terribly sweet either, but rich and buttery. I brought them to work to share with my co-workers and I got rave reviews, so I guess these Canada Day cookies were a success!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine, softened
- 3⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup (the real thing!)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
Directions See How It's Made
- Into large bowl, measure all ingredients.
- With mixer on low speed, beat ingredients until well mixed, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.
- Shape dough into ball; wrap with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Grease large cookie sheet.
- On lightly floured surface, with lightly floured rolling pin, roll 1/3 of the dough at a time 1/8 inch thick, keeping remaining dough refrigerated.
- With floured 3 1/2 inch maple leaf shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into leaves.
- Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet (or use parchment lined sheets.) Bake 10 minutes or until golden.
- With pancake turner, carefully remove to wire racks to cool.
- Repeat until all dough is used, greasing cookie sheet each time.
- (If not using parchment).
- Store cookies in tightly covered container.