Maple Wafer Cookies

So I went to Palm Springs for a long weekend a few weekends ago.  And by the way, vacationing in Palm Springs is like vacationing on the surface of the sun.  It was sooooo hot – I don’t know how people can live there all year round.  It’s a nice place and I definitely enjoy visiting, but wow.  Just to be clear – it’s very, very, very hot.

But I digress.

We took a United flight there, and on the way there (not on the way back though), we got these little maple cookies.  Wafers, really.  Normally I don’t necessarily gravitate towards thin, crispy cookies but the maple flavor combined with the crispy texture was just outstanding.  So of course I tried to duplicate it.

If you’re as obsessed with these cookies as I am, try this out and let me know how I did!!


·        ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature

·        ¼ cup shortening

·        ¾ cup dark brown sugar

·        1 egg

·        3 t pure maple syrup (please don’t use maple-flavored syrup….yuk)

·        ½ t vanilla

·        1 ½ cups flour

·        ½ t cream of tartar

·        ½ t baking soda

·        ¼ t salt 


With a hand mixer, mix the butter, shortening, brown sugar, egg, maple syrup and vanilla in a bowl and set aside.


In a separate bowl combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and whisk until well blended.

Take the dry mixture from the first bowl, add it to the sugar and butter mixture and beat that until it’s well blended.


Roll into teaspoonful balls and put on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Take a flat-bottomed water glass, spray it with non-stick spray (or butter and flour it) and press down on each ball to flatten it until it’s thin.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until they start getting a little golden brown on the edges and cool them on a wire rack.


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