Maple Buttercream Cutouts

Use paste food coloring to get the deepest color for your buttercream and for the most dramatic ombre effect.

Maple Buttercream Cutouts
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
30 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat in flour. Cover and chill 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a well-floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using 3-inch tree-shape cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Reroll scraps as needed.

  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are just brown. Remove; cool on a wire rack.

  4. Pipe dollops of Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting onto cookies. Pull a small spoon or butter knife through frosting to make teardrop shapes. Makes 30 cookies.

Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large bowl beat one 8-oz. pkg. softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, and 2 tsp. vanilla with mixer on medium until fluffy. Gradually beat in 6 cups powdered sugar until combined. If you like, tint frosting with paste or gel food coloring.


In an airtight container layer unfrosted cookies between sheets of waxed paper Store at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Assemble and frost before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
12g Fat
43g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 2g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 56mg 1%
Folate, total 22.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*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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