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Last Updated on August 11, 2020 by Ellen Christian
These sugar cookies with maple frosting are one of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Try this unique Vermont sugar cookie recipe today.
I’ll let you in on a secret. I don’t make a dozen different cookies for Christmas. I have a few favorites that I make each year and then I swap with my Mom who also makes a few favorites. That makes it seem like I made more cookies than I actually did. One of my favorite cookies to make is these Easy Sugar Cookies with Maple Frosting because they require no rolling and no chilling.
Easy Sugar Cookies with Maple Frosting
While I enjoy baking, for the most part, I hate rolling things out. I don’t make my own pie crust or make cookies that need to be rolled. Thankfully, these easy sugar cookies don’t have to be rolled at all. You just make them into a ball and then flatten them slightly with the bottom of a glass.
Learn more about where maple syrup comes from. For this recipe, Grade B maple syrup is best because it is darker and has a more robust flavor. But, if all you can find is Grade A, you can certainly use that as well.
Sometimes, I dip the bottom of the glass in sugar before I flatten them but, this time, I decided to make a simple maple frosting to go on top. Maple syrup always reminds me of when I was little and we got to enjoy maple sugar candy. It’s a tradition in Vermont to have real maple syrup, so please don’t use the artificial kind. We use maple syrup from the trees in our back yard.
I have lots of recipes with maple syrup. So, if you would like to try a few more, why not make these Maple Sugar Muffins. Or, you might like my lemon maple zucchini bread. It’s a great way to use up zucchini from the garden. Or, here are 24 main dish recipes that use maple syrup.
I like to get the kids involved with baking even though they’re older now. At least I know they’ll be able to cook a few simple things when they get out on their own. Plus, they can stir things easier than I can.
Frequently asked questions
What’s the best flour for sugar cookies?
Organic Unbleached White Flour is freshly milled from Organic hard red wheat. Both the bran and the germ have been removed leaving the endosperm that is made into white flour. It is not enriched with any additives. This is the same high protein flour used by professional bakers and produces high, well-textured loaves of bread equally as well as it produces light, airy baked goods. This kitchen staple is incredibly versatile and perfect for all of your baking needs.
How can I make these cookies gluten-free?
For my gluten-intolerant friends, Bob’s Red Mill makes a Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour that you can use in this recipe instead of traditional flour. No complicated substitutions required.
Can I freeze these cookies?
Yes, you can freeze the unfrosted cookies for up to six months. Making them ahead of time is a wonderful way to get ahead on your holiday baking.
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Maple frosting recipe
Depending on how much powdered sugar you use, this maple frosting can be more like a maple glaze or maple icing. The more powdered sugar you add, the thicker it will be. Experiment until you have the consistency you like.
More cookie recipes
- Basic coconut macaroons
- Honey Bunches of Oats Cookies
- Nutella No-Bake Cookies
- Gluten-Free French Vanilla Cookies
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- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon of real maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 2 1/3 cups of Bob's Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Organic Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- Maple Frosting (1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons real maple syrup, milk to thin with if necessary)
- Heat oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat the sugar and the butter until creamy. You can use an electric beater if you want.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of real maple syrup and the egg.
- Stir in flour and baking soda.
- Shape the dough by teaspoonfuls into balls.
- Place on parchment paper and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Be sure to flour the bottom of the glass to avoid sticking.
- Bake about 10 minutes and allow to cool on rack completely before frosting.
- Mix the powdered sugar and real maple syrup together in a small pot and heat on low heat. Ensure there are no lumps. You can thin with milk if necessary.
- Frost quickly and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.