It is not easy for a cookie to impress me but I have to admit: these maple cookies are incredibly tasty!
Few weeks ago I bought some maple syrup and I decided to bake maple cookies with it. This was a fantastic idea, as I realized afterwards. I never expected that maple cookies could be so good! The combination of maple syrup and brown sugar makes the dough pleasantly chewy and full of flavour. I couldn’t help but eat several cookies straight out of the oven.
But regardless of my satisfaction with these cookies, I decided that baking them was not enough. In order to make them even more special I quickly prepared a peanut butter cream cheese frosting and made cookie sandwiches.
The result? They were still very delicious but almost with a completely new taste. Few hours after being sandwiched, the cookies became softer but kept their chewy texture. The peanut butter flavour paired very well with the maple and together they created a new tasty experience. Honestly, I can’t decide if I prefer the maple cookies plain or with frosting, they are great both ways. If you try them out let me know, please, I would be happy to hear others opinions!
And before presenting the recipe I need to mention why I actually decided to bake cookies that day. For some strange reason in the past few weeks I have become obsessed with desserts with foxes. And, obviously, I felt the need to make such myself. I planned my foxes to be very simple and kids friendly: both to eat and to prepare. So eventually I came up with the Cookie Fox idea: funny cookies shaped like simple foxes. They are very easy and I even made a video tutorial… Well, that’s for sure not the best cooking video you have ever watched but I would ask you to excuse my video producing skills. I promise that if I make a second video, it will look better 🙂
So… I think that’s all about the maple cookies today… Oh, I forgot to mention that the cookie dough can be used also for mini apple pies. How? Just place a piece of dough in a small ramequin and press it well to the bottom. Top with chopped apple and a spoon or two of brown sugar. Cover with some rolled cookie dough and bake until golden brown! Simple and great!
Maple cookies with peanut butter frosting
105 g butter, softened
300 g all-purpose flour
200 g brown sugar
10 g baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs peanut butter
3 tbs maple syrup
175 g cream cheese
For the cookie foxes:
Orange food colouring
Black edible marker/ food colouring
Alternatively: melted chocolate
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and stir.
In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and maple syrup and whisk until homogeneous. Gradually add the dry ingredients and stir until a soft dough is formed.
Wrap the bowl in cling film and let it stay in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper and cut the cookies using cookie cutters. Arrange the cookies in a pan covered with baking paper. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges start becoming brown. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
In a mixing bowl beat together all ingredients until creamy.
Smear or pipe the frosting onto one cookie and top with another one.
Keep the sandwich cookies in airtight container in the fridge. Unfrosted cookies should be kept in airtight container at room temperature.
Cookie foxes (video):
Before leaving the dough in the fridge, divide it in two parts and colour one part with the orange food colouring. Wrap them separately in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.
Use a round cookie cutter to cut the two sides of the cookie sandwich. Trim the edges of the coloured circles in order to look like foxes.
Bake the cookies and sandwich them with the frosting. Use black food colouring or edible marker to paint the eyes and the nose of the fox. Draw the ears with orange food colouring.
Alternatively you can paint with melted chocolate instead.
Check the video to find out how the fox cookies are made!