Maple Snickerdoodles

Maple SnickerdoodlesIt’s the time of year again—back to school time; the time every parent looks forward to and every kid dreads. It’s around this time every year I get nostalgic and find myself wandering down the school supply aisles, just wishing for a reason to have a whole new set of pens, pencils, notebooks, and crayons. After a leisurely stroll through the supplies, I inevitably find myself in the “college” section, full of furniture and accessories to fill a dorm room. Although I now have my very own apartment to furnish with whatever I want, however I want, each August I still long to be back in the dorms I lived in for 3 years in college. There’s just something about living in a place that no matter what time of day it is, there’s always someone awake, or asleep, and procrastination is only a few doors down.

What do Maple Snickerdoodles have to do with back to school? Not much really, but back to school, to me, signifies the unofficial end to summer and the beginning of fall, and no flavor tastes more like “fall” to me than maple. It reminds me of crisp colorful leaves and cool bleary-eyed morning walks across campus to my 8am classes (when I woke up in time, that is). I came across this recipe in the newspaper this week and wanted to try it out right away. When Boyfriend invited me to a family gathering at his Aunt’s house before his cousin leaves for her first year of college, I thought it would be the perfect time to make them.

Maple SnickerdoodlesThe recipe couldn’t be easier. They came together quickly and perfectly. The only thing I had any issue with was the size. If you’re using a cookie scoop to measure your dough, make sure you pack that thing full. Otherwise, you’ll end up with mini, bite-sized cookies. I had to make a 2nd batch of bigger, more presentable cookies to take with me. Also, the recipe claims to make 3 dozen cookies. These must be even smaller because I only got just under 2 dozen normal sized cookies. The baking time listed must be for these mini treats too because mine baked for 12-13 minutes.

Other than the slight changes I made to the original recipe, they came out fantastic. They’re incredibly soft and perfectly sweet, with just the right bit of spice. As Boyfriend’s grandpa said, “It packs quite a bit of flavor in such an innocent looking cookie.”

Maple SnickerdoodlesMaple Snickerdoodles
From The Columbus Dispatch, Food and Life section D2, August 19, 2009
Makes 3 dozen

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt*
½ cup margarine, softened (I used unsalted butter)
1 cup granulated sugar, plus additional for rolling
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the maple syrup and egg until combined. Add dry ingredients. Beat until just mixed.
4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in additional sugar. Arrange balls on cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
5. Bake until tops are crackly, about 8 to 10 minutes (My larger cookies actually baked for 12-13 minutes.) Remove from oven, and leave cookies on sheets to cool slightly, about 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Note: *Salt was not included in the original recipe. I added it to bring out the sweetness of the sugar and syrup. Also, the recipe says it should make 3 dozen. They must have been making very small cookies, because I only got 22 2½-inch cookies.
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Kiesha Jenkins-Duffy said...

Those look delicious! I may have to make these for Rob's aunt who loooooves maple!

sarahe said...

those look so yum! i also get nostalgic about college when i start seeing dorm supplies in store...oh to be a care-free college student again!

Anonymous said...

They look very good - I must try Snickerdoodles one day.

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Liss (iDreamInButtercream.com) said...

These were soooo delicious! They were a huge hit with my friends who didn't even know what a snickerdoodle was and were disappointed to not see Snickers inside! They were the perfect softness and everything. Yummy!!

Anonymous said...

I love snickerdoodles! Adding maple must make them even better. I can't wait to try these!

J+S said...

You are killing me with this recipe! I can't wait to try it, as I seem to be completely obsessed with maple these day.

Plus, your "about me" section had me in stitches. Great job!

Ingrid said...

They look good but I do like the bigger cookie, more soft chewy middle! :)

Just wait until you have children and you have to deal with all the craziness of back to school.

Missy said...

Thanks for the recipe, these were great and the smell in my apartment was just intoxicating. I used 1 1/2 tsp of Mapleine instead of maple syrup, and all was well!

Julia said...

A-MAZING! I have a deep love for maple and a new attraction to snickerdoodles...I love that you combined the flavors!

cookies and cups said...

I made some of these a while back, but they came out very cakey...I like the look of yours! Great job :)

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