Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vermont Maple Cookies

I have never been to Vermont. The closest I got the the Green Mountain State was when my husband & I went to Montreal on a camping trip back in 2002. If it's anything like these cookies, it's a gorgeous place to be. 

The first time I came across this recipe, I was a bit nervous when I read the ingredients. Vermont is a state that takes their maple syrup very seriously. Since the only maple ingredient is a flavoring, I knew I had to incorporate the real deal in there somewhere to allow these little lovelies to do the State proud. I couldn't very well use just the flavoring and slap the name Vermont on them.

After some tweaking, I was praying I didn't mess up the recipe.

Once these maple morsels were signed, sealed, and delivered, I took one bite and suddenly, the hills were alive with the sound of Vermont's State Song.

And this Mama knew all the words.

You're welcome Vermont.


½ cup butter
1½ cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk or sour cream
¼ cup REAL maple syrup
2 ¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
OPTIONAL: 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped 

Brown Butter Maple Glaze

½ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
4 tablespoons milk

Combine flour, baking soda, salt together in a medium bowl; set aside. I like to sift everything together using a mini sieve. Like this....

Mix butter and brown sugar together until incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time.

Add buttermilk and maple ingredients. Mix well.

Drop by tablespoons onto a baking sheet. I use an ice cream scoop. It makes like so much easier!

Now for the glaze.
Melt butter in a pan until it gets a nice nutty color.  Stay close to the stove as it only needs about 4 minutes. 

Add confectioner's sugar, flavoring, and milk.

If you use the glaze immediately, this is how the cookies will look....

Let the glaze cool for a bit, you will get more of a frosting effect....

Yield: 3 ½ dozen cookies.

Happy Baking!