Photo: Jan Smith
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Good, don't need frosting but do need more spice

December 16, 2015
I don't like frosting, so I just mixed the walnuts (untoasted) into the dough.  They were delicious and easy to make, but next time I would increase the spices by 50%.  I might also add vanilla to the dough, and perhaps a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top after baking.  Dough also freezes well if you don't want to make them all at once.

Melizard's Review

July 01, 2014

karenfromboston's Review

December 26, 2013
I've made these twice, but have had mixed results. The dough was very dry and crumbly. The cookies have good flavor but I need to work on the better to make it more dough like.

ChristmasChick's Review

December 20, 2013
Enjoyed this recipe very much however frosting was very runny as written and cookies didn't flatten much...with a couple modifications this is an excellent cookie. I will be making again.

Ziabaki's Review

October 27, 2013
These little gems have been a favored recipe for a couple years now. I add twice the spices, (I like spices) and roast the walnuts before using on top. Other than that I think they are wonderful! I took them to a fund raiser the other day, and they were the first cookies to disappear. Excellent fall winter cookie.

LISAROSE40's Review

August 08, 2013

CCYummyFood's Review

December 17, 2012

tommeeraye's Review

December 16, 2012

AnjaLu's Review

December 02, 2012
do not substitute molasses for maple syrup as the cookies will remain in the mound shape while baking...

flmngocat's Review

November 29, 2012