maple grahams

i love the hearty flavor of graham crackers, and find that graham cracker crumbs add a nice bit of texture as well as a boost to the flavor of many cookies. so, when i was experimenting with the maple flavoring i recently purchased from king arthur flour, i thought the combo of graham cracker crumbs and maple flavoring would be a good idea. i was quite correct! and though it’s the middle of july, i expect this cookie will get a lot more baking time once the cool autumn weather arrives. it’s a perfect cookie for your fall cookie jar. but don’t discount it’s summertime uses — these cookies are amazing with some vanilla ice cream!

and one side note: though these cookies are quite good ‘naked’, i’ve included a frosting that would work really well with this recipe! why not give it a try?

maple grahams
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup baker’s sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup all-purpose flour

1. in your electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light in color and creamy.
2. beat in egg and maple flavoring until well combined.
3. add graham cracker crumbs and flour to butter mixture, mixing until well combined.
4. refrigerate for at least one hour, but not more than 5 hours.
5. preheat oven to 325 degrees. prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. with your #40 scoop, place dough approximately 1 1/2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
7. bake one baking sheet at a time for 15-18 minutes, until edges of cookies look set and cookies look firm.
8. remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. remove from baking sheet to wire rack and cool completely.
yield:approximately 44 cookies.

brown sugar frosting
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup whole milk or whipping cream
2 cups powdered confectioners sugar

1. in a heavy saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring frequently, until ingredients are smooth. let cool slightly and transfer to a mixing bowl.
2. add milk and confectioners sugar to cooled butter/sugar mixture, and mix until smooth (i find the whisk attachment on the kitchenaid mixer works really well for this).
3. spread onto cookies!

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