Friday, July 01, 2005

Maple-Walnut Cookies

Maple-Walnut Cookies (adapted from KA Cookie Companion)

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup maple sugar*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon strong maple flavor
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I used Trans fat free crisco)
1 large egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped walnuts, toasted (Don't skip toasting them!)

Preheat the oven to 375

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or Lightly Grease

In a bowl, beat together the sugars, baking soda, salt, maple flavor, and shortening. Beat in the egg and maple syrup, then stir in the flour. Fold in the nuts gently - the dough may be pretty stiff.

Break off small sized pieces of dough (about table tennis sized) and rolls into balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you would like a crispy cookie, flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.

*If you don't have access to maple sugar - you can substitute brown sugar. It will bring a different taste to the cookie but pretty close to what this is.


  1. Joe, Have you tried these with butter? I usually find that butter makes things chewier whereas shortening makes them crisper. Also, I am trying to use up some butter before moving! thanks,jenny

  2. Jenny - I haven't, but they might be okay. They stay nice and tight with shortening, the only problem might come is if they spread too much. Maybe test a couple cookies first to see if you need to refrigerate the dough to check for spreading?

  3. The picture looks like the cookies I buy at Toby's up north, can't wait to try them.

  4. Moomzzz - What is Toby's?