Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies and The Best Part from Folgers

Low Carb Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies You know that feeling you get when you find a twenty dollar bill on the ground in front of you? That’s a pretty great feeling. You know that feeling you get when you take the time to ask around and discover that it actually belongs to the elderly woman in front of you who didn’t notice it fall out of her pocket? Let’s face it; that’s an even better feeling. When you see her face light up and hear her words of thanks, you know you made the right move. In our hectic day-to-day world, little kindnesses matter. They matter a great deal. Grand gestures of charity and kindness are wonderful too, of course, but it doesn’t take buckets of money or hours of community service to be generous and brighten someone’s day. Just taking a moment to offer a little help, a kind word or a sweet but unexpected gesture can make all the difference to a stranger or a friend. Little kindnesses make the world go round.
Gluten-Free Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies

In the spirit of brightening everyone’s day a little bit, Folger’s is launching “The Best Part”, a social platform that will allow people to connect and share positive stories through FacebookTwitter and Instagram. So I decided to throw it wide open and ask my readers for some stories of kindness, positivity and courage that came to their minds. I couldn’t have asked for better inspiration. It brought home just how much little gestures matter in the world and how easy it is to brighten someone’s day. I thought I would share some of them with you.
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Tamara was stopped by an elderly lady in the grocery store who just wanted to chat. She was in a hurry, but she realized that the woman was lonely so she let go of her irritation and chatted with the woman as the she continued to shop. She found out that the woman was an 89 year old widow whose kids all lived in other towns. When they approached the checkout, the woman pulled a number of coupons out of her purse and gave them to Tamara, saying that she knew how expensive it was when she had a family to cook for. Clearly Tamara’s kindness was felt and appreciated by this woman, and paid back in kind.

Barbara and her sister had fabulous success with their first invention. Now they run a website where they offer free advice and resources to new inventors. Every time they respond to a letter or inquiry from a reader, they ask that the reader pay it forward by performing a random act of kindness. They have had promises from people all over the world to continue their kindness chain.

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Jenny had just had her son and was in a fast food restaurant when a homeless woman came in and was clearly admiring her baby. Instead of ignoring her, Jenny decided to offer the woman a chance to hold her son. The woman was so shocked and touched, she had tears in her eyes as she held the baby and rocked him.

After many years of buying food and gifts for single mothers in need at Christmas, Esther received her own small kindness from a stranger. When she was going through chemo, a woman bought her and her husband some groceries, saying that she wanted to do it because she had just lost her own mother to breast cancer. Esther says it was the best day ever, being on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.

Low Carb Maple Cream Sandwich Cookie pulled apart
I know these stories certainly brighten my day, and I hope they brighten yours as well. Check out The Best Part for more wonderful stories of kindness, courage, inspiration and optimism.

Perhaps it’s a little cliche, but one of my favourite ways to brighten someone’s day is to bake for them. Cookies are always a good option because they are often quick to make, they’re portable and they always make someone smile. These Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies are my low carb, gluten-free version of a childhood favourite.

Low Carb Gluten-Free Maple Sandwich Cookies

Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies

Yield: Approximately 24 cookies

Serving Size: 2 cookies

Ingredients

    Cookies:
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/8 tsp stevia extract
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered Swerve
  • 2 tbsp cream, room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp maple extract

Instructions

  1. For the cookies, preheat oven to 275F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. whisk almond flour, sweetener, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in egg, butter, maple extract and stevia extract until dough comes together.
  3. Turn dough out onto a large piece of parchment paper and pat into a rough rectangle. Top with another piece of parchment.
  4. Roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Using a 2-inch maple leaf cookie cutter (or whatever shape you prefer) to cut out as many shapes as possible. Dough can be re-rolled multiple times to get more cookies.
  5. Place half the cookies face up and half face down on the prepared baking sheet (if your cookie cutter is slightly irregular, this allows you to match them up properly after they are baked).
  6. Bake about 20 minutes, until light golden brown and firm to the touch. Watch them carefully, they can easily get too dark.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  8. For the filling, beat butter and powdered sweetener together in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in cream and maple extract to achieve a spreadable consistency.
  9. To assemble, take one cookie and spread the backside with about a teaspoon of filling. Top with another cookie, backside towards the filling.

Notes

Serves 24. Each serving has 4 g of carbs and 2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 2 g.

176 Calories; 17g Fat (80.5% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 37mg Cholesterol; 155mg Sodium.

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The Best Part is an online community that’s dedicated to brightening your day—every day. How? By spreading optimism, one share at a time. The Best Part posts inspirational stories, encouraging quotes, good news and other upbeat items on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and encourages fans and followers to share that optimism with their friends. Because when optimism is shared, it grows, making an even more positive impact on our world. Check out what others are sharing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Comments

  1. These look great. Just wondering whether a serving of 2 cookies is 2 sandwiches, or just the two sides with the cream in the middle?

  2. Your cookies are so cute Carolyn! I do believe little acts of kindness can go a long way, whether it’s just saying “thank you” to the checkout clerk at the supermarket, or helping an elderly person get out of their car. With the digital age, that little extra human touch is so important.

  3. These look yummy!! And they take me back to my childhood. Where do you buy your gluten free maple extract?

  4. Sounds good, and no honey! But is the 275 degrees correct? I want to make these :-)

  5. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!!! I am on Atkins 72 right now, but the rest of my low carb family is not! MY husband loves maple cookies, and I am making these for a treat for his lunch for work this weekend!

  6. These are terrific, I just made them and anxiously waited for them to be cool enough to put the cream on. Delicious! Even my picky, no low carb daughter loved them :) I was thrilled to discover your blog and am really enjoying your recipes as well as your explanations of how the ingredients behave, I’ve begun to be bold enough to experiment some myself! :)

    • Wonderful! Yep, it’s tough to wait for the cookies to cool down. I am pretty certain I burned the roof of my mouth on a hot one!

  7. Nice stories. :)

    And these cookies look incredible! I’ve never had maple cream sandwiches but I really, really want to try! Love that these are grain-free. :)

  8. They look way better than store-bought maple cookies! Yummy!

  9. Oh, I can’t tell you how many recipes I have made of yours, Carolyn, but these were a fail for me. And I am seeking suggestions….I even cut the amount of powdered Swerve by one third. Way too much of a metallic aftertaste. I always use Swerve products. I even went out to my kitchen shop for a leaf cookie cutter and Maple extract. Seems no else noticed the aftertaste. I whipped up your marvelous molten peanut butter cakes for our evening espressos. Husband couldn’t believe the difference. Now I am really puzzled.

    Definitely going for the coconut fried donuts tomorrow! Thanks for all you bring to us low carb lovers.

    • Hmmmm…were the cookies themselves okay? It was just the frosting? You may be sensitive to something in the powdered version, I am not sure – for me it was sweet, but not at all metallic. And there is another possibility…that it’s the maple extract. Maple extract can be a little off at times and some brands have a slight metallic taste…maybe in combo with that intense amount of Swerve, it played it up a bit?

      If you find that kind of frosting too strong or too sweet, I’d suggest cutting it with cream cheese. The tang of cream cheese can offset the overly sweet frostings. Also, because it has a bit more structure than butter, you don’t need as much powdered sweetener. Replacing about half the butter with softened cream cheese could make a real difference.

  10. Thank you so much for the suggestions, Carolyn! And yes, it was the maple creme that was ‘off’. I have some left over so I will definitely cut it with cream cheese. Was thinking of using it with one of your gingerbread recipes.

    Let’s see…just this morning I have made the sour cream, cherry, dark chocolate bundt cake and yet another batch go the Rosemary Raisin Crips! So happy for your wonderful recipes now that I’ve got my husband in board with this low carb life.

    I’ll report in on the recipes changes. Thanks again.

  11. That maple cream is just perfection in these cookies!

  12. These look like a cleaned up version of my favorite Trader Joe’s cookies! Can’t wait to give them a go. Thanks lady!

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