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Nov 13, 2020

Maple Sugar Cookies

 These maple sugar cookies are extra special. They include maple syrup and vanilla in both the cookies and the icing that you drizzle over the top of the cookies. They are thin, soft, chewy, and delicious. 

This post is part of Christmas Cookies Week. I received product to use for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Maple sugar cookies on plates

These sugar cookies have a lovely maple and vanilla flavor an the dough is so easy to pull together. The cookies are soft and chewy, and the maple icing is such a delicious finishing touch. 

There are lots of sugar cookie recipes out there. This one results in soft and chewy cookies. The dough puffs up in the oven and then collapses once you remove the baking sheet to let the cookies cool. You will have a thicker outer edge with a thinner middle. 

The combination of the maple syrup and vanilla in the cookies is outstanding. I use vanilla from one of our Christmas Cookie Week prize sponsors, Adams Extracts. Read more about them in our prize descriptions. 

Maple sugar cookies with vanilla

The icing for these cookies also includes maple syrup and vanilla, which you drizzle over the tops of the cookies. 

I first tried using a spoon to drizzle the icing, but I had a lot of trouble controlling it. I finally filled a pastry bag paired with a piping tip in order to drizzle the icing, which worked. 

P.S. If you love maple, you'll love Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies too! 

How to make Maple Sugar Cookies:

First, beat butter and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer. 

Next, add granulated and brown sugar, along with maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. 

After that, beat in the egg yolks and vanilla. 

Finally, shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. The cookie dough should be about 2 inches apart, or even more. Don't place more than 12 cookie balls on your baking sheet or you will have pretty much a jigzaw puzzle because the cookies will spread together. 

Once the cookies are baked, drizzle them with the maple and vanilla icing. 

Maple sugar Christmas Cookies

This is not a sugar cookie recipe that you roll out, cut with a cookie cutter, and bake. They are soft cookies that will spread while they're baking, puff up, and then collapse when you remove them from the oven, leaving a rim around the edge. 

This is my final Christmas Cookies Week recipe. On Monday, I posted melting snowman cookies and on Wednesday I posted sweet potato pecan cookies. They were both delicious. 

Welcome to Christmas Cookies Week! Check out everyone else's delicious cookies:

Friday Christmas Cookie Recipes

Maple sugar Christmas Cookies in a pan

Maple Sugar Cookies

Maple Sugar Cookies
Yield: 48 cookies
Author: Karen Kerr
These maple sugar cookies are extra special. They include maple syrup and vanilla in both the cookies and the icing that you drizzle over the top of the cookies. They are thin, soft, chewy, and delicious.


For the Cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
For the icing
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the butter and shortening together for about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the sugars, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. 
  4. Once combined, beat in the egg yolks and vanilla. 
  5. Beat in the flour. 
  6. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place them two inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. 
  7. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the edges begin to turn golden. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. 
  8. Mix the icing ingredients until it is easy to drizzle. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cookies. 



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Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Cookies, 2015. 

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  1. I'm sure these are amazing with the addition of Maple flavor. They certainly look delicious.

  2. Not sure which one is my favorite, but it's hard to beat maple in my opinions.... love the drizzle, as you imagine!

    1. A messy drizzle hides my lack of cookie decorating skills!

    2. Nothing wrong with going Pollock😜

  3. Yum! I never really have maple cookies but they sound really good especially with the icing.

  4. I have never made a maple sugar cookie before...I will now!

  5. Maple is a great addition to these cookies. Love the flavor!

  6. Perfect looking cookies and I love the Maple flavor.

  7. My mouth is watering! Maple is one of my favorite flavors. It would make a nice addition to a cookie tray.

  8. I'm a New England girl, you had me at maple!

  9. Wow! These really spread out! I absolutely adore a thin cookie, so I know I will love these!

  10. Love maple! And these are so pretty with the icing drizzle!

  11. These sound melt in your mouth delicious! They are definitely going on the dessert table this year!

  12. YUM! Maple and brown sugar are the perfect flavors for cookies!!!

  13. Maple and vanilla together are such a great combination. I bet these taste irresistible.


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