Maple-Walnut Cookies

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
1 hr 40 min
Inactive:
35 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
about 36 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
Directions
  • Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the maple syrup, egg, vanilla and maple extract. (The mixture may look curdled.) Reduce the mixer speed to medium low; add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Cover and refrigerate until the dough is no longer sticky, about 30 minutes (it will still be soft).

  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Put the turbinado sugar in a shallow dish. Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in the turbinado sugar. Press a walnut half into the center of each cookie and arrange 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the edges of the cookies are set but the centers are still soft, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

  • Photograph by Levi Brown


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