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Maple-Walnut Spritz Cookies

After taking a trip to Vermont during maple harvest season, I just had to make something using maple syrup. Because I love maple, walnuts and spritz cookies, I combined all those elements to create these perfectly delicious bites. I adore the aroma when these are baking.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    6-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Coarse sugar
  • 2/3 cup walnut pieces

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, maple syrup and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, ground walnuts, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture (dough will be soft).
  • Using a cookie press fitted with a flower or star disk, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Top with walnuts.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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