Sunday, February 8, 2009

Maple Butter Cookies

I never much liked sugar cookies. They just weren't very exciting and seemed to me to purely be a medium for decoration, the cookie dough itself had no real taste so you had to sugar it up. I discovered this recipe many years was, in fact, one of my first 'holiday' cookies and remains our standard dough for making cut-outs. The maple flavor gives these cookies an unexpected depth...I love watching peoples faces the first time they try one...they think it's going to be another cardboard tasting sugar cookie...but no! there's actual flavor in there...can I have another one of those?

Maple Butter Cookies

1 cup Butter-soft
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Maple syrup...the real stuff
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour

Cream together butter, sugar and maple syrup
Add egg yolk...mix well
sift flour and salt gether and stir into above
wrap tightly and refridgerate 1 hour
roll out on floured board and cut out as desired.
for the cookies above use two heart cutters of different sizes
and fill the center with crushed hard candy.
Bake at 325 for 10 - 12 minutes.

Commenter CorgiMan just sent me his version of these cute! I'm glad you had fun, Skip!