The temperatures have dipped yet again, so we have piled wood into the wood cookstove and turned up the fireplace, rendering our shouse cozy and impossibly inviting. One problem, however, was our quickly emptying cookie jar. How could we possibly enjoy a proper cup of tea or creamy hot cocoa without an accompanying treat? To remedy this situation, I stirred up a batch of maple cookies and watched as the heady scent permeating the air brought children from all corners of the shouse to the kitchen to indulge in a freshly frosted, warm, soft maple treat.
These cookies simple to make and use ingredients that are standard in most pantries. They are roughly the equivalent of a chewy, soft, warm maple bar. Yum!!!
Frosted Maple Cookies
1 1/2 C butter
2 C packed brown sugar
2 tsp. maple flavoring
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 C flour
2 tsp. baking soda
Mix together brown sugar, maple extract vanilla, butter and stir. Stir in flour and baking soda. If the dough is particularly sticky, add a bit more flour.
Roll dough into 1" balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes at 350°. Let rest for one minute before removing from cookie sheet. Frost when cool.
2 C confectioners sugar
2 T butter
2 T milk
1 tsp. maple extract
Combine powdered (confectioners) sugar, butter (melted), milk and maple extract. Beat until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies.
Find a nice spot by the fire, brew a pot of tea and watch the snow fall as you indulge in warm maple cookies and good conversation.