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Maple Bar Cookies

Fall is in full swing up here in the Pacific Northwest so I am embracing this season and sharing this recipe for maple bar cookies! They are the perfect combination of fall flavors. The cookie is a brown sugar cookie topped with a molasses glaze. I was inspired by a recipe I found on Pinterest but didn't have then glaze ingredients. The recipe called for maple syrup, not molasses.

*Secret fact: My hubby doesn't like pancakes or waffles (I can picture your facial expressions right now, with your confused eyes and open mouth.)

Point to my bunny trail, we rarely have maple syrup in the house! However, one of his favorite cookies are molasses cookies so I knew I had that in the pantry. The substitution was an experiment that I think turned out quite well!

Here's the Recipe:


2 cups flour

3/4 cups brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Glaze: optional

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Tbsp milk

1 tsp molasses

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Set aside for later.

In a large bowl or mixer, cream butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar until fluffy and light in color.

Mix in egg and vanilla extract.

Slowly mix in dry ingredients just until fully incorporated. If desired, chill dough for 30-40 minutes.

Using a cookie/ice cream scoop, scoop dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. I used parchment paper for easy cleanup.

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Let cookies cool on wire rack while you make the glaze.

For the glaze, wisk together powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add in molasses and milk until smooth.

I will warn you... baking is a dangerous hobby! In our house, we don't share food well so after I made these cookies, I made sure to take some to my sister. I told myself, "This time, I won't eat all of the cookies!"... That lasted a few minutes and then I ate three of them, oops! They are just so yummy! I really enjoyed making this recipe. The fall season is my favorite because for me, fall means pretty scenery, cozy sweaters and baking! Fall brings out so many fun baking ideas. What recipes do you enjoy making during the fall season?

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