Saturday, January 12, 2013

Crackling Fires and Frosted Maple Cookies

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
2 eggs
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.

Maple Frosting
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.


  1. I've never had these cookies before but they sound amazing,I'm going to keep the recipe for future baking. Thank you for sharing a delicious looking cookie, I can almost smell them here :-)

  2. now this is what i would call taking care of business!! yummy..the cookies are so delicious even without frosting.

  3. Enola, they sound wonderful. I'm always looking for things like these as my husband does NOT like chocolate (the kids and I have no problem with it), in fact it can be nauseating to him. We all like maple, however - so I'll give these a try! (Question: you say not to frost them until they are cool, but then refer to a "warm frosted cookie". How cool must they be before they are frosted?) Pamela

    1. Well, I cheated and drizzled frosting on these cookies while they were still slightly warm. If you we're planning on spreading frosting I would wait until completely cool. I think you will really like them!

  4. Enola,


    I gotta get some cookies, maybe I can go to walmart and get some of those things they call cookies and taste like hockey pucks, . Stick'em in the microwave and they are actually tasty.

    (One of these days, I gotta get the inside of my microwave sand blasted out)

  5. What could be better then maple and cookies? These are so getting made and put into my mouth! Thanks for yet another great recipe.

    CaptainCrunch, you better learn to make cookies, what with all those little ones you'll be entertaining in a few years.

    1. Hey Herdog,


      that was funny, I just started laughing:) I gotta get some kind of instant microwavable Chocolate Chip cookie mix or something. Anybody got any idea's????

  6. I have made these cookies three times and they do not look like yours ..mine are a bit flatter no height like please

  7. Sara;
    Cookies can be such a bugger sometimes! I adjust the flour depending on the weather. I always bake 3 cookies first and then adjust the flour from there. I added extra flour to mine. They are still not at thick as I would like, but the don't spread all over the sheet. If you are having a time with them, try a bit more flour - just enough to give them substance but not enough to make them dry. Also, make sure not to overbake so you end up with a nice, soft cookie. I hope that helps. Good luck!


  8. I made these today and they are AMAZING! It's bad enough that I got my husband's co-workers hooked on your peppermint patties over Christmas (I directed them to your blog for the recipe!)... looks like I must pass along this one, as well. Blessings to you and yours, dear lady. Thank you for all that you do. The cookies turned out perfectly.