On the 5th day of Homemade Christmas, I made Maple Cookies for my family and friends.
Sweet, sticky and delicious maple syrup, the stuff that mothers love and hate at the same time. It helps our pancakes and waffles taste delicious but that sticky mess that our kids sometimes leave afterward, we could do without it. I don’t know about you but around here it is not something my family is willing to give up and honestly neither am I. If anything I would want to add it to more things, who wouldn’t? That is why maple cookies are on my Homemade Christmas list this year.
Believe it or not, real pure maple syrup has a slew of health benefits and is better for you than regular sugar. Maple syrup packs an extra punch of antioxidants and nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and more. It is still a sugar so you need to use it in moderation but it does have fewer calories than honey. I wonder if this means maple cookies are good for you? For right now I think I will pretend they are, they have antioxidants and antioxidants are good for you.
Joking aside, maple cookies are pretty easy to make. Another added plus is this is a cookie dough that needs to be chilled so you can make the cookies up and have set aside in your fridge until you are ready to make them.
What do you think? Are you ready to give maple cookies a try?
- ¼ cup shortening
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup real maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, syrup, and vanilla until well mixed.
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture.
- Refrigerate cookie dough for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10-12 minutes.
This recipe is adapted from Chewy Maple Cookies from Allrecipes.com
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