I hope you enjoyed Valentine’s day yesterday. I found myself with a bit of a cold and my other half across the Atlantic in Canada. This called for lots of tea and a late-night bake to cheer me up. In an attempt to bring my valentine a little closer to me, I settled on maple syrup cookies – a little bit of Canada in the heart of London. I am so happy with the way they turned out and the flat still smells of sweet, syrupy caramel. Using maple syrup and dark brown soft sugar give the dough a lovely rich golden colour.
Here’s to staying cosy with loved ones and keeping winter at bay.
I have kept this recipe very simple but feel free to be creative and add chopped walnuts or pecans for added texture. As you can see from the photos, I also used heart-shaped cookie cutters but other more intricate shapes would also work well as this dough hardly spreads during baking.
Easy peasy maple syrup cookies
Makes about 40 cookies
– 100g dark brown soft sugar
– 125g unsalted butter at room temperature (and extra for greasing)
– 1 large egg (free-range please), lightly beaten
– 85ml maple syrup (the darker the better)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 375g plain flour (and extra for work surface)
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream the sugar and butter until fluffy. I used a food processor but a wooden spoon and some elbow grease would work just as well!
Beat in the egg, ensuring it is fully incorporated (scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if you’re using a food processor). Then add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt and fold into the wet mixture, half at a time.
Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least a couple of hours. Tip: I made my first batch after only half an hour of chilling (I couldn’t wait to try them) and then left the rest of the dough to chill overnight – cutting the cookies out in the morning from the properly chilled dough was so much easier and required a lot less flour. This is a very soft dough so try not to be impatient like me!
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut into shapes, 3-4mm thick.
Place on a greased baking tray (you needn’t leave much space between them as this dough doesn’t spread very much) and bake for 9-10 minutes. The baking time will depend in part on your oven, how big your cookies are and how squidgy you like them. I wanted mine nice and chewy so I took them out as soon as they started turning golden around the edges.
Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container…Or enjoy straight from the oven with a cup of tea!
Source: Recipe and photos by pip & little blue.