Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 5: Maple Syrup Cookies

We at the Z household are still nursing our holiday hangover. We had such a great end to 2011. We attended and had parties, spent time with family and friends, went to see Wicked at the Detroit Opera House and even told the boys we will be taking a family trip to Disney in February.

One of my favorite traditions is sitting with the boys and watching Christmas movies. Our top pick for the past couple years has been the hilarious movie, Elf. The boys cannot get enough of Buddy the Elf. They even convinced their grandmother to let them adorn their pasta with syrup!! Seriously, they did.

As the boys were leaving for school I asked them for some cookie suggestions.

Dane: "I know! A maple syrup cookie, just like Buddy the Elf. But, you can leave out the spaghetti."

I found a few different maple cookie recipes on and adapted this one from Maple Cookies by Craig Gund.

Buddy's Maple Syrup Cookie
(adapted from Maple Cookies on

1/2 C Butter Softened
1/2 C Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 C Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 and 1/2 tsp of Sugar sprinkled with Nutmeg for Decoration


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and dark brown sugar together.
Add in egg yoke, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix well. 

Sift together flour, salt and baking soda.


Add sifted dry ingredients to the dough and mix.
Make a teaspoon sized ball and drop it into the decorative sugar (1/4 c sugar sprinkled with nutmeg)
Shake bowl to cover the cookie dough.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes.

Cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, transfer to a wire rack to complete cooling.

Ian: "Awesome."
Noah: "They taste like animal crackers."
Dane: "Buddy the Elf would love these!!"

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