Looking for an excuse to make a delicious maple treat in the middle of the summer? Try our favorite recipe for Maple Sugar Cookies!
They're so good, you'll have to fight your family members to even eat one - so make sure you double the recipe!
Makes about 8 dozen cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little extra for your surface
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup maple syrup (preferably grade A)
1/3 cup maple sugar
Vegetable Oil cooking spray OR parchment paper
1. Sift flour and salt into a medium bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy - about 3 minutes.
3. Reduce speed to medium-low. Add yolk and then 1/2 cup maple syrup, beating well after each addition.
4. Add flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
5. Shape into two separate disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
7. Roll out 1 disk of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a sheet of lightly floured parchment paper. Place parchment with dough on baking sheet. Freeze until firm - about 15 minutes.
8. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray and line them with parchment paper.
9.Cut out cookies from the frozen dough using your favorite cookie cutter (maple leaves are a great shape!) and space 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Freeze cookies again until firm - about 15 minutes.
10. Bake cookies until edges begin to turn golden - 14-16 minutes.
11. Transfer parchment with cookies to wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.
12. Brush cookies with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and sprinkle with 1/2 the maple sugar.
Let cool, then ENJOY!!