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Maple Leaves

Servings: Makes 54 servings
Enjoy the fall colors of these brown sugar maple cookies topped with colorful maple sugar icing.

½ cup butter (no substitutes)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
¼ cup maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Maple Frosting (see recipe below)

1. In a mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, soda, and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in egg, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat in whole wheat flour and as much of the all-purpose flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using 2 1/2- to 3-inch leaf cookie cutters dipped into flour, cut into leaf shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F (190 C) oven 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack. Frost with Maple Frosting. Let frosting set. Place in an airtight container; store at room temperature up to 3 days.

Makes 54 servings.

Maple Frosting
Beat together 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons softened butter or margarine. Beat in enough maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup (about 2 tablespoons) to make easy to spread.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Submitted By: Erica
Date: May 4, 2005