I love shortbread cookies. This maple-flavored cookie melts in your mouth and is so good. I used 3 different sizes of mini maple leaf cookie cutters to cut out the cookies, and then stacked them big -to - little once I frosted them. The vibrant colors are so pretty and festive for Thanksgiving!
Maple Leaf Shortbread Cookies
What You Need
2 1/2 C. flour
1 C. butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 C. sugar
1 TBSP maple flavoring
powdered sugar icing - recipe below
red, yellow, green, brown & orange paste food coloring
colored sugars and sprinkles
maple leaf cookie cutters
What You Do
Using an electric mixer beat together butter, sugar and maple flavoring until mix is thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and continue mixing until everything is combined. I used my hands at the end to make sure everything was combined.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350*
Sprinkle sugar lightly over the area where you are going to roll out the cookies. Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with sugar, too. Using a gentle hand, roll the dough out to about 1/2 in. thick. Using the leaf-shaped cookie cutters cut out cookies then place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Keep a close eye on them to make sure to not over bake. Remove immediately to cooling racks. Cool completely before icing the cookies.
What you need for icing:
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp maple flavoring
Mix together the powdered sugar and maple flavoring. Stir in 1 tsp. of milk at a time until a thick but spreadable icing is achieved.
Divide the icing into small bowls and use the food coloring to tint each bowl a different color.
Ice the cookies and top with colored sugars or sprinkles, if desired.