Soft Maple Sugar Cookies


These sweet sugar cookies melt in your mouth, and have a hint of maple in them. Serve them up as a perfect fall treat.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Cool Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
48 cookies


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • teaspoon salt

  • 3 egg yolks

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Maple Icing

Maple Icing

  • ¼ cup whipping cream or milk

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl combine butter and shortening. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Centers will dip as cookies cool. Drizzle with Maple Icing.

Maple Icing

  1. In a medium bowl stir together whipping cream, butter, and maple syrup. Whisk in powdered sugar to make an icing of drizzling consistency.

To Store:

Layer un-iced cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Make it Giant:

Prepare dough as directed. Drop 1/4-cup portions of dough 3 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are light brown (tops will look slightly soft). Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Spread cooled cookies with Apple Frosting and sprinkle with pecans. Makes 16 cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

134 Calories
6g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 1%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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