I’ve been craving these ever since my visit to Haute Coffee in Concord, MA. My family and I were on an autumn excursion to “leaf peep” in the gorgeous weather, and we couldn’t very well do so without coffee and pastries. We have priorities, obviously.
My sister-in-law, Jen, ordered coffee and this delicious looking maple cookie with frosting. Now, I’m usually one to share food and ask others if they “mind if I try a bite??” However, Jen was 7 months pregnant at the time and I just couldn’t bring myself to take food from a pregnant woman. Never ever ever. It seems like a cardinal rule of pregnancy. Can anyone verify? I’m sure Jen would have been quite willing to share, because she is nice like that, but I didn’t dare ask.
To distract myself from how much I wanted to try her maple cookie, I started thinking of ideas for how I could duplicate them and blog about it.
(Not pictured: the copious amounts of dough that I ate in-between taking photographs)
I had wanted to make the cookies into cute little “sandwiches,” but my frosting ended up being a bit thin for that. However, I loved how they turned out! I have made several batches already, and my family keeps asking for more.
SPICED SHORTBREAD COOKIES WITH SALTED MAPLE FROSTING
with guidance from: joe pastry
makes approximately 2 dozen cookies (2 inches in diameter)
1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup (113g) cold butter, unsalted
1 teaspoon vanilla
salted maple frosting:
4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
6 tablespoons (85g) cream cheese
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (start with 1/4 tsp and add more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup grade A maple syrup
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease) and set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, cloves, and cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add vanilla and butter and beat on high for 3 minutes, starting with a low speed so you don’t get a face full of flour!
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough to roughly 1/3 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into 2 inch rounds (or cut into whatever size you want). Place them on your prepared cookie sheet, at least one inch apart and cool in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. When cookies are cooled, put them in the oven and immediately turn down the temperature to 300 degrees F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cookies are barely turning light golden brown. If your oven bakes unevenly (as mine does), rotate cookie sheet halfway through baking.
Cool cookies completely before frosting (obviously the hardest step). This is a good time to distract yourself by making the frosting.
make the frosting:
Cream the butter and cream cheese together for 2 minutes. Add salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup; mix well. Add sifted confectioners sugar and beat for 1 minute on medium high. Store in refrigerator.