Maple Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe

Yields: 20-24 cookies
Prep time: 20 minutes (+ chilling time)
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes

Ingredients – Cookies:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Ingredients – Maple Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk or water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions – Cookies:

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and sugars: Beat softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add wet ingredients: Beat in the egg, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • Whisk dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Combine dough: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined (do not overmix).
  • Chill dough: Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or up to overnight. Chilling prevents excessive spreading.

Instructions – Baking:

  • Shape dough: Roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake: Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are set and lightly golden. Do not overbake.
  • Cool completely: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Instructions – Glaze:

  • Whisk ingredients: Whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons of milk (or water). Add more liquid a teaspoon at a time if needed to achieve a spreadable consistency. Stir in vanilla extract, if using.
  • Glaze cookies: Dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the glaze, or drizzle the glaze over the cookies.
  • Set glaze: Let the glaze set before serving or storing.

Tips:

  • Measure carefully: Baking requires precision. Use measuring cups and spoons for accurate results.
  • Room temperature ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients makes them easier to mix, resulting in a better dough.
  • Don’t overbake: Cookies will continue to set as they cool, so pull them out when the edges are slightly golden.
  • Customize the glaze: Adjust the amount of maple syrup and liquid for a thicker or thinner glaze to your liking.
  • Storing: Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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