Do you love the flavor of Maple?  You will love these tender crisp maple leaf shaped cookies. Simple ingredients full of buttery maple flavor.  Flour, butter, confectioner’s sugar, egg yolks, maple syrup and extract are pantry staples for this sweet little cookie. Orange tinted dough wrapped and chilled before cutting into leaf shaped cookies.

Maple Leaf Cookies Recipe

How to Make these Cookies 

Super easy recipe to mix and cut out.  You will need leaf shaped cookie cutters for this recipe. I used a simple leaf cut out then pierced each cookie with a knife to make the veins before baking.

You will also need orange food gel to tint the cookies a pretty fall burnt orange color. However, you can use your choice of food gel color to make your cookies your own.  Tip: With leftover dough, if you have used a two tone dough color, you can mix the two colors together and create a molten look.

If you want a crisp cookie as these are, store them uncovered in a cookie jar.  On the other hand if you want a softer cookie, store the baked cookies in a covered container.

Common Pantry Ingredients

Common ingredients are flour, confectioners’ sugar, salt, maple syrup, vanilla and maple extract.  Eggs and butter are also staples most people have on hand.

Fast &Easy Food Processor Mixing 

Pulse dry ingredients with butter to form a crumble or coarse meal. Next add the liquid ingredients, like maple syrup, and extracts, with eggs. Pulsing dough until it comes together to form a mass about 20 seconds.  Remove the dough from bowl of processor and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic film and chill about one hour.

Rolling and Shaping Cookies

On floured surface, roll chilled dough to 1/4″ thickness. with a rolling pin.  Dip cookie cutter into flour and cut out cookies into leaf shapes. Place the cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and pierce cookie leaf veins with a sharp knife. Chill cookie trays for 10 minutes to firm up. Then bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Crisp leaf cookies

Cookies can be baked ahead and frozen for future use.  Serve the cookies with Maple Balsamic ice cream for a refreshing fall or Thanksgiving dessert. Top the ice cream with Balsamic Pecans

Vermont Maple Balsamic Ice Cream
Vermont Maple Balsamic Ice Cream


Tender Crisp Maple Leaf Shaped Cookies

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  • Author: Liz Bushong
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 60 chill
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies depending on size of cutter 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American



2 cups confectioners sugar

21/2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 sticks or 16 tablespoons butter, diced and chilled

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon maple extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 drops orange food gel or color of choice for leaves


  1. In bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade, add all dry ingredients, pulse 20 seconds.
  2. Add chilled cubed butter, pulse 20 seconds to make coarse meal.
  3. Add egg yolks, maple syrup and extracts, and food gel coloring, process until dough forms around blade. If dough is too loose add increments of 2 tablespoons of flour until dough forms a ball. Dough will be soft but will firm up after chilling.
  4. Remove from bowl and flatten dough into two discs, wrapping dough in plastic wrap. Chill one hour.
  5. Adjust oven racks to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Lightly dust rolling surface, remove disc from refrigerator and roll dough into 1/4″ thickness.  Dip cookie cutter in flour to coat, cut out leaf shapes. Place leaves on baking sheets.  Return to refrigerator for 8 minutes. Repeat with second baking tray.
  7. Bake cookies 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.  let cookies cool on baking sheets before removing.  They are a tender crisp cookie and will break easily.
  8. Allow to cool completely before serving or freezing.


Tender crisp cookies with sweet maple flavor.  If you don’t like maple, use orange juice for syrup and extract for maple.


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Hope you will try these cookies.  You will love the maple flavor if you like maple. xo

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