Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies

Fall has officially begun. I know that the autumnal equinox is a few days away and some experts would say that it is still late summer. They would be wrong. How can I be so sure? Because I woke up one morning last week and I was too cold to go back to sleep. I realized that it was time to bite the bullet and wrestle my duvet back into its cover. This is no mean feat. Imagine, if you will, a rather petite woman practically crawling into the gaping mouth of a king-size bedspread, hauling behind her a large white comforter, trying to match the four corners of this beast and its cover so that it will lie nice and flat on the bed. So there you have it. I mark the change of seasons not so much by the position of the sun in the sky, but by the need to change my linens!

I’ve had the idea for this recipe in my head for quite a long time now. I’d made some maple-flavoured sugar cookies a few years ago around Christmas time from a recipe out of Bon Appetit, and they’d been a big hit with my coworkers. And as a kid, I’d always loved the junkie maple sandwich cookies you could buy at the store. So the idea of sandwiching these maple cookies together with a maple-flavoured filling wasn’t really a huge cognitive leap. With the cooler weather upon us and friends coming over for dinner on Saturday night, it seemed like the right time to break out my leaf-shaped cookie cutters and have some fun.

I had no intention of making these low carb or gluten free. I figured our friends would appreciate the full flour, full sugar version a little better (right, Dionne?). I actually had to go out and buy all-purpose flour and icing sugar for these, since I’d run out quite a while ago and never stocked back up. Now that says something about how well I’ve been doing with my dietary restrictions, for me to run out of all-purpose flour!

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The Results: If you like maple syrup and you like sugar cookies, you will LOVE these! Two maple sugar cookies held together by maple buttercream. Really, how can you go wrong? They were delicious (yes, I tried one myself…and then ran 13.9 miles this morning to make up for it!). Our guests enjoyed them and I sent them away with some of the leftovers. Not all, for certain, as my kids would have my head if I’d given them all away!

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Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies

Cookies (from Bon Appetit, December 2005):
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp maple extract

Filling:
4 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup

For the cookies, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and maple extract until combined.

Beat in flour in several additions, until just blended. Divide dough into two balls and flatten each ball into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out one disk of dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/3 inch thick. Cut out cookies with leaf-shaped cookie cutter(s) dipped lightly in flour. Place cookies on prepared sheets about 1 inch apart.

Note: If your cookie-cutter is not perfectly symmetrical, you may need to turn it upside-down to cut out shapes for the backside of the cookie sandwiches. If your cookie cutter is not sharp enough on the non-cutting side, you can also flip the cookie shape upside down after you have cut it out from the dough.

Bake cookies until edges just start to brown, 8-10 minutes. Watch them closely as they can start to burn quickly. Use an insulated baking sheet if you have one, that worked best for me.

Cool cookies on sheets for a few minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

For the filling, cream butter with an electric mixer. Add in icing sugar and maple syrup and beat until combined and smooth.

Spread the backside of one cookie with a dollop of buttercream. Top with another cookie, and repeat until all cookies are matched up. You can afford to be fairly generous with the buttercream. I stinged a bit of the first few cookies, and found I had a lot left for the last few. You can put about a teaspoon of buttercream in each sandwich cookie.

Makes approximately 36 two-inch sandwich cookies.

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Comments

  1. Sprinkled with Flour says:

    What pretty cookies! They look so buttery and creamy and good:)

  2. ravienomnoms says:

    How delicious and beautiful! These cookies look so fabulous!

  3. Oh they are so pretty and so "fall". I love them! Very cool idea

  4. flyoverfoodie says:

    Perfect timing….I've almost finished off a box of Trader Joe's Maple Leaf cookies. Can't wait to make these!

  5. Shelly Borrell says:

    Thanks for your comment on Nibbles of Tidbits. I LOVE the title of your blog!!!

    Thanks, Shelly :)

  6. These are adorable! And you're right about Fall…it has announced itself with quite a morning chill here as well. Great little treat!

  7. Sugar Free Low Carb says:

    What great looking cookies! I would have eaten one too despite the diet restriction. However, I don't think I could run 13.9 miles.

  8. As one of the recipients of these cookies, I can attest that they were absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for making them and allowing yourself to cheat a little bit. A great way to welcome the cooler weather. They just might be worth having to run 13.9 miles. (p.s. thanks for the shout out!)

  9. I want this so badly right now I could cry!

  10. The Cilantropist says:

    These sound so awesome, and I have these tiny cutters that are actually for pie crust cut-outs but I have been thinking of using them to make cookies. These would be PERFECT, and love the maple buttercream. Just favorited this recipe.

  11. Torviewtoronto says:

    beautiful and delicious cookies

  12. These are gorgeous and sound yummy!

  13. These are beautiful, Carolyn. I always buy maple sandwich cookies that are shaped just like this. Next time, I'll use your recipe instead;)
    p.s. I wish it would get cold down here in the subtropics-the humidity down here is getting to me!

  14. These could be so much fun to make the little ones. I am thinking of so many shapes…

  15. Lilimonster says:

    Those cookies make me think warm thoughts!

    You've got a good blog here, and thanks for your vote!

  16. Oh my goodness, I'll take 10 of these cookies please :). I love the maple leaf cookies and Trader Joe's, and I bet these are even better. Yum!!!

  17. The Urban Baker says:

    oh how i love this time of year! soups, stews, gratins and maple shaped cookies! life is good. these look wonderful!

  18. Yay! Maple cookies! Fall is definitely here with these.

  19. The Mom Chef says:

    They look and sound fantastic. Yes, maple definitely makes me think of fall. I'm envious of your cookie cutters too!

  20. Wow…a homemade version of my favourtie childhood boxed cookie! Yum! These are a Canadian child standby..in fact, our teachers used to give them away on special occasions. But I love seeing it homemade, awesome!

  21. jana@cherryteacakes.com says:

    oh so cute!

  22. LOVE THESE!!! I love all things FALL! :)

  23. Cristina @ TeenieCakes says:

    I luv the cookie cutters you used for these beautiful and befitting Fall cookies. I do luv maple syrup and sugar cookies so this would be a winner for me.

  24. buffalo chicken wing says:

    I made these tonight and they were absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for posting the recipe. I would like to add I found it necessary to double the filling amount and I had to add a little milk to get the filling to be fully mixed and spreadable. I think these are my new favorite cookie!

  25. what brand maple extract do you use?

  26. I didn’t discover Maple Cream Sandwich cookies until a few years ago when I moved from Georgia to Vermont. They are now my absolute favorite fall treat… so good!! These look awesome. I’m a type 1 diabetic as well, and gluten-free, so I’m just wondering if there’s any chance of a recipe for a low-carb, gluten-free version of these sometime in the future :) I know you are busy, and I’m sure you get all kinds of requests like this, but I figured there’s no harm in asking :)

    Thanks for an awesome website! I’m not much of a cook, but I’ve been making lots of these recipes lately, and they are wonderful!

    • Carolyn says:

      Renee, I am SO planning on it. I’ve become a much better low carb, GF baker and have been thinking of doing this one over for a while so I could enjoy them. It will happen, I just don’t know when.

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