Friday, September 13, 2013

Maple Cookies

I love Fall. Everything about it. The leaves, pumpkins, apples, sweater weather, Halloween... In fact, I tend to start wanting to do fall things in about August (ok, I've been secretly making pumpkin bread since July). But now that we're a little way into September I can finally come out in public. One of my favorite Fall recipes is Maple Cookies. They're delicious, simple, quick, and involve cookie cutters so it's a good recipe to make with the kids too.

Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cups softened butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup
4 cups flour
food coloring
Maple leaf cookie cutter

Preheat the oven  to 375. Use a mixer to blend the butter for a few seconds, add brown sugar and blend in. Mix in syrup and eggs. Add in as much of the flour as you can with your mixer and then mix in the rest with a spoon. Add food coloring. For this dough, it works better to put the dough in a zip-lock bag, add in the coloring, and then knead the dough to work the color through. Flour your work space, roll dough, cut with cookie cutters, sprinkle on a little sugar, and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 8 minutes (or until edges are light brown).
My dough was supposed to be a nice fall looks a bit pink, doesn't it? I put little red decorating sugar on one, but that just made it look more pink. Weird. Anyway, they taste great in any color!

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