Friday, July 01, 2005
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.