Maple Walnut Butter Cookies

 I made some sandwich cookies a while ago, loved the cookie part a ton so I wanted to play with that base and see what else I could do with it.  I made a delicious chocolate version, and now I tried a maple walnut version.  This base works.  Make these and see for yourself, or experiment a little – see what flavors you can add and make these delicious.

Maybe peppermint (without the maple of course!), ginger, cardamom, pumpkin?  It’s up to your imagination.

As is, these are really tasty but on the subtle side.  If you want to jazz them up a bit, crumple some up and put it on ice cream, spread on some Nutella, or make a sandwich cookie out of them and fill two with PB&J or ice cream or marshmallow or whatever!

Or just eat them as is – you’ll like ‘em.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1¼ cups butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ¼ t salt
  • 5 T maple syrup (check!)

Directions

Spread the walnuts onto a cookie sheet.  Don’t layer them on top of one another – spread them out.  IMG_1408Bake at 375 for about 5 or so minutes, until they smell toasted (you’ll be able to tell) and they’re just slightly darker than they started.  When they’re done take them out of the oven and put them to the side (you can leave them on the sheet).  Increase the oven to 400.

Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and mix until well combined – about 3 minutes or a little longer.

Next, add in the egg and vanilla and mix, followed by the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and maple syrup and mix again until everything is well combined.  Put away your mixer, add in the toasted walnuts (its ok if they’re not cooled) and stir with a wooden spoon until they’re evenly distributed.IMG_1409

Place the dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, with each cookie being about a tablespoon large. IMG_1410

Bake the cookies at 400 for about 6-7 minutes, or until the sides and bottoms start to get a little brown.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen or so cookies.IMG_1411IMG_E1414

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