Don’t be fooled by these cookies’ simple appearance. Their rich maple flavor will have you eating more than just one or two.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 16 minutes
Servings: Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup sanding sugar
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
In another large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and light brown sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add egg yolk and beat on medium-low speed. Add 1/2 cup maple syrup and beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Divide dough in half and shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Roll out chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired sized squares. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1-inch apart. If desired, create a decorative design on squares by lightly pressing on them with the prongs of a fork or small cookie cutter, careful not to push all the way through. Bake cookies until edges begin to turn golden, about 14-16 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through cook time.
Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes. Brush squares with 1/4 cup maple syrup and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
ORANGE & FIELD TIP: These cookies would be adorable cut with a maple leaf cookie cutter.