Cooking with Maple Syrup
Indulge your taste buds with a delightful twist on the classic shortbread cookie – the Maple Shortbread Cookies with Maple Buttercream Frosting. This recipe combines the rich and robust flavors of dark maple syrup, resulting in a sweet treat that will satisfy your cravings for something truly special.
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cups dark maple syrup
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Prepare the Dough:
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the room-temperature butter, dark maple syrup, and white sugar until smooth and fluffy.
Combine Dry Ingredients:
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, and salt, ensuring an even distribution of dry ingredients.
Blend and Chill:
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just blended. Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to enhance the flavors.
Roll and Cut:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create your desired shapes.
Bake to Perfection:
- Place the cut-out cookies on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-17 minutes or until the edges turn golden. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.
Maple Buttercream Frosting:
- In a bowl, combine 2 cups of confectioners sugar with 1 cup of softened butter. Gradually add dark maple syrup until the frosting reaches your desired consistency (approximately 1/4 cup or to taste).
Frost and Enjoy:
- Once the cookies have cooled, generously frost each one with the delectable maple buttercream frosting. Allow the frosting to set before serving.
These Maple Shortbread Cookies are a perfect blend of melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness and the distinct, sweet notes of dark maple syrup. Whether you share them with friends, family, or keep them all to yourself, these cookies are sure to become a cherished treat in your repertoire. Enjoy the warm embrace of maple flavor in every bite!