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Frosted Maple Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


4 dozen

Living in New England, I've come to appreciate the unique qualities of our area. Many people here enjoy the flavor of maple in their recipes, and I love this adaptation of an old favorite. —Connie Borden, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Frosted Maple Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple flavoring
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water


  1. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour cream and maple flavoring. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, heat butter over low heat until golden brown. Remove from the heat; blend in confectioners' sugar, maple flavoring and enough water to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • Maple flavoring and maple extract can be used interchangeably in this recipe.
  • Nutrition Facts

    2 each: 294 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Amanda
      Sep 4, 2019

      These tasted great! It produces a delicious cake-like cookie that is soft and delicious. I used walnuts and they tasted wonderful with the maple extract. I struggled a bit to make the frosting. When I went to mix all the ingredients together, the butter kept separating out of the mixture. Luckily, what remained still tasted good. I might make a maple glaze to put on the top of them next time instead of the frosting.

    • Bettyd9
      Dec 7, 2017

      #1 on the Christmas cookie list! Everyone's favorite!

    • angela32
      Nov 28, 2017

      These cookies are amazing and dangerous! If you love maple, you will love these cookies!Christine.....maple flavoring is not the same thing as maple syrup. Maple flavoring, at least at my store, is sold with the vanilla extracts and other liquid flavorings. It's very concentrated.

    • redcow
      Nov 28, 2017

      Like this cookie. It does have a strong maple flavor. I made a change in the frosting---I used only 1 tsp. of maple flavoring and used maple syrup for most of the water. At the end of the frosting, I had to add water to make the frosting more spreadable. If you enjoy maple, you should like this cookie.

    • Christine
      Sep 20, 2017

      is maple flavoring the same thing as maple syrup? help please!

    • nightskystar
      Nov 22, 2014

      woonderful, soft, mapley cookie!! only change i did was adding pute maple syrup to both the cookie and the frosting.

    • GirishKatta
      Jul 23, 2014

      Nice recipe

    • Laurnitz
      Dec 9, 2012

      When I received the Christmas cookie issue two years ago my daughters tried this cookie and it was fabulous, everyone who tried them loved them.