Maple Spice Cookies

We’ve been making these for years, as part of our usual Christmas cookie baking, and they are always a hit! Enjoy!

Maple Spice Cookies

Adapted from Cooking Light, Dec 2005
Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients:
Cookies:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 large egg

Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon fat-free milk
2 teaspoons butter, softened

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through cloves) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Place brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add 2 tablespoons syrup and egg; beat until well blended. Beating at low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined.

Can refrigerate/freeze at this point (if you don’t want to make the cookies right away).

Spoon batter evenly into 30 mounds (about 1 tablespoon) 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

To prepare frosting, combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons syrup, milk, and 2 teaspoons butter, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cookies.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 81.8
Total Fat: 2.0 g
Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 10.9 mg
Sodium: 58.2 mg
Potassium: 36.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 17.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
Sugars: 12.9 g
Protein: 0.8 g

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