Maple Walnut Cookies
an easy maple leaf cut out shortbread cookie to welcome fall.
Finally there is a crisp chill in the air and there is no doubt now that fall has arrived. We can appreciate the cool temps for our festive Thanksgiving gatherings.
I enjoy the beauty of this season especially the gorgeous colors that can only come from nature.
The theme this month for #fillthecookiejar is Thanksgiving. As I look out the window on this chilly day I’m calmed as I watch the graceful falling leaves this morning. They were my inspiration for the maple walnut leaf cut-out cookies.
I made a basic shortbread cookie recipe from my Good Housekeeping cookbook and used maple syrup in place of the vanilla. I then made a maple cinnamon glaze for the topping with more chopped walnuts. This is a cookie perfectly dressed and ready to be placed on the Thanksgiving dessert buffet.
- 1½ cups chopped walnuts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon(s) salt
- 1 cup butter softened
- ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- a few drops of water if needed
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts for topping
- Combine the flour and salt and chopped walnuts in a small bowl.
- Using a large bowl, beat the butter and confectioners sugar for about 3 minutes just until it is light and fluffy and then mix in the maple flavoring.
- Using low speed add in the flour mixture just until blended and dough forms. Remove the dough and separate into 2 disks. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutter and place on parchment lined cookie sheets. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or just until the edges are lightly brown.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Mix together the sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. If the mixture is not melting into a thick paste, add a few drops of water at a time and keep stirring. You want the mixture to be on the thicker side, not too runny. It will adhere to the cookies better and will harden.
A hot cup of cocoa or tea and a maple walnut cookie can bring back warm childhood memories.
TIP: If the glaze is too watery, add a little more sugar to thicken. Spread the glaze with a knife over the cookie and immediately add chopped walnuts. Place on wire rack for an hour or two for the glaze to harden.