Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg, beating until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Stir in extracts.
Stir together flour and next 6 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on lightly greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks. Spread each cookie with about 1 teaspoon Maple Frosting. Garnish, if desired.
Oregon Chocolate-Cherry Cookies: Omit maple extract, 1/4 cup flour, and spices. Add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa to dry ingredients. Stir in 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels and 1 cup dried sweetened cherries. Bake as directed. When cool, drizzle cookies with 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted, if desired. Makes 2 dozen.
Caribbean Coffee Cookies: Omit maple extract and spices. Add 1 teaspoon instant espresso or coffee powder to butter mixture. Stir 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts into batter. Bake as directed. Makes 2 dozen.
My family thinks these are absolutely decadent! Not being a fan of maple (sorry!), I just stuck with the vanilla and increased the nutmeg and cloves to 1/4 tsp. Delicious! Thanks for sharing! Gods' blessings and Happy Christmas!
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