These Maple Leaf Cookies are bursting with maple flavor: the combination of the sablé cookies with the irresistible maple butter filling makes them melt in the mouth. Just dreamy!
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If you’ve ever traveled to Canada, you’ve most likely seen displays of maple leaf cookie boxes in airport duty-free stores and souvenir shops. They sure look like a gimmick, given the steep price at which they are sold and the fact that they bring together two of Canada’s conspicuous icons: the maple leaf, and maple syrup. It may surprise you to learn that we actually grew up eating them! You see, boxes of maple leaf cookies (made with real maple syrup!) were also sold at grocery stores for a fraction of the souvenir shop price, so those addictive treats were no more an indulgence than say, Oreo cookies. At home when I was a kid, biscuits feuille d’érable were on heavy rotation in the lineup of cookies that took up a whole shelf in our pantry, and they were always my first choice when they did make an appearance.
While I know my parents still buy maple leaf cookies from time to time, I almost never get them from the store anymore. Instead, I make them at home! No surprise—homemade maple leaf cookies are even better than the store-bought treat. Not only is the creamy maple butter frosting bursting with maple flavor (I may or may not have eaten some by the spoonful), but the cookies, which are made with maple sugar instead of regular granulated sugar, have an incredibly appealing sablé texture that melts in the mouth.
Maple leaf cookies are not cheap cookies to make: the recipe does require a nice quantity of maple products (sugar, syrup, and butter), but the yield is impressive, especially if you make the cookies in a smaller size. Plus, I swear the result is better than any maple-flavored store-bought cookie you’ll ever buy!
Of course, you can make these cookies even if you don’t have a maple leaf-shaped cookie cutter and use any other cookie cutter you have on hand. But to me, the maple leaf shape just adds to the charm!
BONUS QUÉBEC TRAVEL TIP! If you come to Québec and want to buy maple products, skip the souvenir shop and head to a local grocery store. Most carry maple syrup and maple butter year-round, as well as maple leaf cookies too, of course (in the regular cookie aisle). They may not come in decorative containers or boxes, but you’ll get much more for your buck. You can also search for a Quebec maple producer that ships worldwide.
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