Maple Leaf Sugar Cookies

Recipe by Sweetiebarbara
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 36
YIELD: 96 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    cups flour (All-purpose, sifted)
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    cup butter (2 sticks, softened)
  • 12
    cup sugar (granulated)
  • 12
    cup brown sugar (dark, well packed)
  • 1
    large egg yolk
  • 1
    cup maple syrup (pure grade A)
  • 12
    cup sugar (sanding, large crystals)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Measure 3 cups of sifted flour and salt into sifter.
  • Set aside. (I put the sifter on the flour tin lid, so I won't loose the flour that comes through before I sift into the other ingredients.).
  • Beat softened butter and the two sugars until light and creamy. (medium high speed on electric mixer).
  • Reduce speed and add egg yolk until well blended.
  • Add 1/2 cup maple syrup and mix until blended.
  • Remove beaters and now use a wooden spoon.
  • Slowly sift flour into bowl mixing with wooden spoon, until just well blended.
  • Divide dough into thirds and make each 1/3 into a flat disc.
  • Place on sheets of floured wax paper, with well floured hands.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight to thoroughly chill dough.
  • Take discs from refrigerator and roll out to 1/8" to 1/4" thickness, and put in freezer to firm for about 15 minutes. (this makes it easier to handle the cut cookies).
  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Line cookie sheets with foil and spray lightly with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Cut cookies from chilled dough and bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on thickness of cookie.
  • Move cookies to wire rack and brush with maple syrup (this is the other 1/2 cup of syrup) and sprinkle with sanding sugar. (I use red, yellow, and green sanding sugars, although the white is lovely too.).
  • Place in tin or serving plate when cool.
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