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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Maple Cookies

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DAY 8: Maple Cookies

A simple maple flavored cookie. No frills; just a quiet, unassuming cookie.


Maple Cookies

  • Servings: 60 small cookies
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1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup real maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp maple extract (optional)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
Granulated or raw sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet or use silicon baking mat.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup, vanilla and maple extract (if using). Mix until well blended. Stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Makes about 60 small cookies


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Roasted Garlic Rosemary Beets

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Beets are a controversial vegetable in our house. Until recently we were split pretty evenly between beet lovers and beet haters. This recipe, however, has made some converts to the beet-loving camp. There are still 2 hold-outs, but that may be due more to stubbornness than actual taste preferences. One child hardly put enough in her mouth to actually taste it before declaring it gross.

Beets are one vegetable that grew really well in my garden this year. I had to fight the deer for the beet greens, but even without their tops, the beets grew undisturbed by the menagerie of wildlife in my backyard these days. I love how prominent the stripes are in the raw beets!

Roasted fresh beets are a whole different animal than those sweet canned things. Add some garlic and rosemary and I think they are divine.

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The cooked beets, unfortunately, don’t look as brilliantly beautiful as the raw ones, but they sure taste great!

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Roasted Garlic Rosemary Beets

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3 large beets, peeled
2 small sprigs fresh rosemary, minced
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 Tbs olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut beets into wedges (each beet should make 8 wedges). In a large bowl, stir together beet wedges, minced rosemary, sliced garlic and olive oil. Grind in some fresh salt and pepper and toss to coat.

Place in a shallow baking dish and cover with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until beets are tender. Remove from oven and let stand for a few minutes before serving. Taste; add additional salt and pepper, if necessary.


Recipe from Guilty Kitchen


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Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

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Surprisingly, cauliflower is one vegetable that everyone in our house loves doesn’t complain about when it shows up on the table. We especially enjoy this roasted cauliflower, flavored with garlic and a little lemon and garnished with toasted pine nuts and chopped fresh parsley.


Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

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¼ cup pine nuts
1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs melted butter
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
½ Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread pine nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 3-5 minutes, or until toasted (watch carefully-pine nuts burn quickly). Remove pine nuts from baking sheet and set aside.

Increase oven temperature to 475°F. In a Ziploc bag or bowl, combine cauliflower florets, garlic slices, olive oil and butter. Toss until well coated. Spread cauliflower onto baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Roast at 475°F for 20 minutes, or until tender. Toss cooked cauliflower with parsley, lemon juice and  reserved pine nuts. Taste and add additional salt, if desired.


Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa



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Even More Christmas Cookies


If you are still looking for more Christmas cookies, here are some other great ideas for giving (and keeping).

Swedish Peppar KaKar:
(a soft mild gingerbread; even more fun when you make them tiny)

Mint Oreo Cookies:
(super easy: start with a cake mix)

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies:
(soft, chewy cookies all dressed up for Christmas)

Cherry Nut Mudslides:
(a great cookie for more discriminating tastes)

(as much fun to eat as to say)

Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies:
(my favorite cookies ever)

Peanut Butter Kisses:
(try using some of the fancy Kisses flavors)


Chocolate Rolo and Andes Chocolate Mint Cookies:
(two very different cookies from one easy dough)

Russian Tea Cakes:
(these are the kids’ favorites-they are suckers for a little colored sugar)

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints:
(Santa’s favorite indulgence)

Sugar Cookies:
(soft and slightly sweet; the anchor of any respectable Christmas cookie tray)



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