I posted a poll on my Facebook page to see what you wanted to see me make this weekend. The winner was homemade goldfish/cheddar crackers.
I made some last night, and they burned. *sigh*
I will make a second batch hopefully tomorrow and hopefully not burn them, but in the mean time, I decided to make the runner up, maple cookies.
These are really simple. I used my favorite maple shaped pastry press, but you can use any cookie cutter - a mini maple leaf would be perfect.
Use real maple syrup. Maple flavored corn syrup doesn't cut it. I also included maple flav-r-bites from King Arthur Flour, and they are wonderful, but not really necessary. If you can find it, you could top them with a little maple sugar for extra punch.
Maple Shortbread Cookies
1 c butter, frozen
1/2 c real maple syrup, Dark Amber or Grade B preferred
1 tsp maple extract
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c Maple flav-r-bites (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Shred frozen butter (a grating disc on a food processor works very well for this).
Pulse together butter, maple syrup, and maple extract in the food processor. Add in flour and flav-r-bites if using, and mix until a ball forms.
Roll out on lightly floured surface to about 1/8" thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters and bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on pans for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire cooling racks.