I got spoilt on the weekend - a friend gave me half a litre of maple syrup. Now that is a thoughtful gift eh? So I just had to make Maple Syrup Cookies didn't I? (Even calling them cookies, as I know that the Canadians call what we Aussies call biscuits cookies).
These biscuits are deliciously crisp and tasty. There is a teeny bit of work in preparing the maple syrup, but it's well worth the effort for this crunchy mapley goodness and the recipe is simplicity itself.
Maple Syrup cookies (original recipe by Kiriel)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups plain flour
Pour the maple syrup into a small pan and simmer down until it becomes 1/4 cup of liquid with a syrupy molasses-type consistency. Dice the butter, and put it and the caster sugar, brown sugar,and maple molasses in a food processor. Blend for about three minutes until the mix is creamy. Add the flour and baking powder and pulse until the dough is mixed. Wrap in plastic and sit for at least two hours or overnight.
Turn on your oven to heat to 180 degrees. Break off a piece of the dough and roll out to around 3mm thickness. Cut out shapes and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes until a light golden colour. Cool and decorate. I iced mine with an icing made of icing sugar, maple syrup and just a little teeny bit of lemon juice to help the setting.