Enjoy a new take on a sandwich cookie with these Maple Leaf Cookies! Sprinkled with a bit of sugar, you'll enjoy delicious maple cream between two maple leaf-shaped cookies. These Maple Leaf Cookies are perfect for any time of year, but especially autumn.
Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in egg yolk. Add 1/2 cup syrup; mix well. Gradually add flour, mixing well after each addition.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours.
Roll out each dough disc on lightly floured parchment sheet to 1/8-inch thickness. Transfer parchment to baking sheet; freeze 15 min. or until dough is firm.
Heat oven to 350°F. Use 2-1/2-inch maple leaf-shaped cookie cutter to cut dough into 68 cutouts, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place cutouts, 1 inch apart, on parchment-covered baking sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Mix cream cheese, maple extract and 1 Tbsp. of the remaining maple syrup in medium bowl until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition.
Brush remaining maple syrup evenly onto tops of 34 cookies; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Spread cream cheese mixture onto bottom sides of remaining cookies, adding about 1 tsp. cream cheese mixture to each cookie. Cover with sugar-topped cookies, top sides up, to make sandwiches; press together gently to secure.
The cookies can be baked ahead of time. Place cooled cookies in freezer container; freeze up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before brushing with syrup, sprinkling with coarse sugar and filling with cream cheese mixture to make cookie sandwiches as directed.
The cookie dough discs can be refrigerated up to 2 days before rolling out and baking as directed.
Enjoy a serving of this easy-to-make cookies on occasion, but keep portion size in mind.
How to Store the Cookie Sandwiches
Store cookie sandwiches in airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days before serving.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.