Tender Crisp Maple Leaf Shaped Cookies

Maple Leaf Cookies Recipe


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.