Maple Sugar Cookies

These are a subtle-tasting maple cookie and not too sweet. For more maple flavor, you can increase the maple flavoring to 2 teaspoons.

Makes: 48 cookiesHands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 4 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 48 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup grade-B maple syrup
  • 1¼ tsp. maple flavoring, divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. maple flavoring
  • 4 tsp. warm water
  • 2 drops food coloring


  • Cream butter and shortening until blended. Add brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Blend in eggs, maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon maple flavoring. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; stir into butter mixture. Gather into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface. Keep dough you are not working with in refrigerator. Cut into shapes; transfer to baking sheets.
  • Bake 10–12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool.
  • Beat confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and ¼ teaspoon maple flavoring. Add water a few drops at a time, until mixture is right consistency. Stir in food coloring. Drizzle cookies with glaze.