Monday, November 25, 2013

Maple & Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

My neighbor Linda, lost her husband a little over a year ago and she has been so sweet ever since finding out about my Geoffrey.  Every so often she calls to check up on me. 

A few weeks ago she called to make sure that I wasn't spending Thanksgiving alone, inviting me to her house for the holiday.  I thought that was so nice of her.  These are a little treat for her and her guests.  I baked them two days ago and my house still smells like maple.


RECIPE
(adapted from Lulu the Baker)

1 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups) at room temperature
1/2 cup maple sugar (I got mine from Mount Mansfield Maple Products)

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
3 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt (omit if you use salted butter)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugars until just combined.  Add vanilla and maple flavoring and mix.  In a separate bowl, sift together flour and salt, then add to the butter mixture.  Mix on low speed just until dough comes together.  Roll dough between two pieces of wax paper to a thickness of 1/4-1/2 inch and cut into individual cookies.  My cutter was about 3 inches.  Place cookies on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes then bake for 18 minutes until the edges just begin to turn brown.  Let cool for several minutes then transfer to a wire rack. 

*I left my cookies out overnight on the rack so they get a little crisper, the butter settles and they are not too greasy. 

Happy Thanksgiving
Sheila

1 Comment:

Cristin's Cookies said...

I MUST try these immediately! We are maple sugar candy freaks at our house so I'm already drooling at the idea of maple shortbread cookies!!! Thanks for sharing! Cristin

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