Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies

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Photo: Jan Smith
Recipe from Cooking Light

Store these frosted cookies between layers of parchment paper or wax paper to keep them from sticking together. You can bake and freeze the cookies up to a month in advance; bring the cookies to room temperature before frosting them.

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
  • Remaining ingredient:
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Working quickly, sprinkle cookies with nuts.
Julie Grimes Bottcher,
December 2005

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 98
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 3.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 16.3g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 58mg
  • Calcium: 12mg