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Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies

Photo: Jan Smith

Yield

30 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 98
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 3.3 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 16.3 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 58 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  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.