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Chewy Maple Cookies

My husband, Bob, and I have a small sugaring operation with Bob's father. I love to put some of our syrup to use in these golden cookies. —Reba Legrand, Jericho, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or maple flavoring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • In a bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, syrup and vanilla until well mixed. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture. Stir in coconut.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • Maple flavoring and maple extract can be used interchangeably in this recipe.
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    • Annette101660
      Sep 16, 2017

      This cookie caught my attention as soon as I seen the recipe. I think it is very good. I did add a little more flour to the recipe along with some chopped walnuts. You can't go wrong with this one. Chewy on the inside and crispy around the edges. Loved it. :)

    • Maggie
      Sep 15, 2017

      I admit it, I am quite picky when it comes to cookies and this one lost out with me. I thought with two of my favorite descriptives in front of cookie, chewy and maple, this had to be a winner. Not so much.

    • lanlis
      Apr 26, 2016

      Delicious! I did change some things though. I cut down the amount of brown sugar to 1/2 cup (next time will try 1/3), used coconut oil in place of the shortening, added oatmeal in place of the flaked coconut and added a couple handfuls for raisins. Great base recipe!! We have an abundance of maple syrup and am always looking for good recipes to use it in!

    • slye10001000
      Nov 14, 2015

      Oh, my goodness! These are awesome!!!!!!

    • jenna.piper
      May 1, 2015

      Absolutely fabulous without any changes

    • tarsmommy
      Sep 28, 2014

      I tweaked it a little - I used butter and added another 1/4 cup flour. It still looked too wet so I added a good handful of oats and a handful of chopped walnuts. These spread out quite a bit - it was a flat, but chewy, delicious cookie. I may play around with it a little more next time (maybe 2 cups flour?) and put some pecans in (I love cookies with nuts). Overall, a keeper recipe and good flavor! Oh, and use real maple syrup!

    • gogrannygo2
      Oct 5, 2012

      A fall favorite. The cookie is delicious with coconut and I wouldn't dream of changing the recipe.

    • knollbrookcook
      Apr 25, 2011

      Delicious cookies. However, I'm very much against using shortening so I used non-hydrogenated margarine or butter and increased the flour to 1 3/4 c.Worked well. I've made these cookies a few times. We produce our own maple syrup so I like recipes that use it!

    • rdouma
      Nov 28, 2010

      I made these cookies for thanksgiving and had high hopes based on the previous review (I also used Oatmeal instead of the coconut) The dough is VERY sticky and the cookies are very soft and moist but I di not care for the texture, they were kinda gummy. They were not a hit and I will not be making these again. :(

    • Marian C Brown
      Apr 9, 2010

      I wanted to make these cookies for my son, but we didn't have any coconut so I substituted a cup of quick cooking oats. What a delightful outcome! If you can stand to wait until the next day after baking, you will be rewarded with a heightened maple flavour in these cookies. My cookies didn't come out as flat as the ones in the photo and this recipe made only 2 dozen cookies. That could be due to the scoop I used which was 4 teaspoons in volume. I just love these cookies. The best part for me is that they are not super sweet. Definitely a make-againer!