Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

Soft maple sugar cookies. Just saying the name of this delicate and delicious little cookie makes my mouth water. They’re perfect for the holidays or any time you’re craving a sweet sugar cookie that literally melts in your mouth.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies - These melt-in-your-mouth maple sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays!

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies Recipe

I picked up this recipe in the Fall Baking edition of Better Homes and Gardens. I’ve mentioned it before, but the holiday baking issues of BHG are my go-to for fantastic desserts. Some of my other favorite recipes from the magazine are my Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies and Buttery Pumpkin Cookies. Mmm!

When my husband took a bite of these pretty soft maple sugar cookies he said, “Wow, these are perfect in every way.” My husband isn’t a huge critic when it comes to desserts, but I don’t usually hear such an enthusiastic review.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies - These melt-in-your-mouth maple sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays!

I’ve made plenty of sugar cookies over the years and it’s interesting how each sugar cookies recipe has its own unique flavor and texture.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies - These melt-in-your-mouth maple sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays!

I am really loving this recipe because it’s both soft and crispy. The middle of the cookie is so chewy and moist and the edges have just enough crisp to make them truly divine.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies - These melt-in-your-mouth maple sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays!

Even if you’re not a huge fan of maple flavor, I think you’ll love this recipe. The maple flavor is delicate and doesn’t overpower the sugar cookie. These cookies are fantastic on their own, but the maple icing really sends them over the top.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies - These melt-in-your-mouth maple sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays!

I think these cookies are just beautiful and perfect for holiday parties. If you wanted to make them even more festive you could add some red and green sprinkles to the top after you drizzle on the maple icing. Chopped nuts sprinkled on top would be cute and yummy too.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies - These melt-in-your-mouth maple sugar cookies are perfect for the holidays!

These soft maple sugar cookies were such a hit with my entire family. Like my husband said, they really are just about perfect.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

Maple icing

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add the next 6 ingredients (through the salt). Beat on medium for 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Beat in flour.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (tops will still look slightly soft).
  4. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Centers will dip as cookies cool. Drizzle with maple icing.

Maple Icing

  1. Stir together 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk with 1/4 cup melted butter and 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Whisk in 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar to make icing drizzling consistency.

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