Glazed Maple Shortbread Cookies

09.25.2016

Delicious, crisp buttery shortbread cookies with an irresistible maple flavor and a sweet icing. These are the perfect autumn cookie! Fun to make and people of all ages will love them, they’ll remind you of the flavor of those decadent maple donuts.

Shortbread cookie flavored with pale cut into leaf shape and set in front of a jar of maple syrup, in the background is a large stack of the shortbread cookies.

Perfect Maple Cookies!

The flavor of sweet maple glazed doughnuts meets the buttery flavor of shortbread in these irresistible, perfectly crisp, melt-in-your mouth Glazed Maple Shortbread Cookies!

We love the maple glaze flavor around here and can’t stop the craving for shortbread. So I thought why not combine the crispity, buttery goodness of shortbread with that sweet autumn maple flavor?

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Well, let me just tell you this is a match meant to be! And of course cutting them out into maple leaf shapes is a must (I have a quite a few maple leaf shapes in various sizes but my favorite and the one I used here is the leaf from this set)!


Glazed Maple Shortbread Cookies cut into leaf shapes and sitting on a maroon plate. There's a branch for decoration to the side and a green napkin.

Tips for This Recipe

The thing I’ve learned with shortbread is that if you want it to keep it shape and make it easier to work with it needs to be well chilled which is why this recipe requires chilling the dough twice, once before rolling and once after cutting (I’ve found it also works best to begin with chilled butter, don’t soften it first).

The chilling time for this recipe is still less than an hour which is nice and definitely don’t skip it! Also when measuring the flour just scoop it from the container or bag then level with a butter knife – no sifting or whisking it first and don’t spoon it into a measuring cup.

Leaf shape shortbread on a dark wooden surface.

A Cookie That Keeps Well for Days

One thing I really love about these cookies, other than their delicious flavor of course, is the fact that they do keep well for several days.

Most cookies I don’t really care for after the second day but not these! Which would make them perfect for a party this season – and of course the fact that they are totally festive for the season at hand.

Note that the cookies themselves won’t be very sweet, that’s intentional because the glaze totally makes up for that.

Don’t Omit the Glaze!

So with that said don’t leave the glaze off! The glaze also adds the majority of the maple flavor, which you can even add more than listed if desired (each brand of maple extract is a little different, so just taste as you go).

Another thing to mention is that the pecan version was my favorite but the sprinkles just add that perfect touch of color so I’d recommend making some of both, that way the adults can have the nut version and the kids will love the sprinkle ones.

I hope you love these cookies as much as we do, they’ll be a new fall staple around here!

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Glazed Maple Shortbread Cookies

Delicious, crisp buttery shortbread cookies with an irresistible maple flavor and a sweet icing. These are the perfect autumn cookie! Fun to make and people of all ages will love them, they'll remind you of the flavor of those decadent maple donuts.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Maple Shortbread
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (283g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 6 Tbsp (78g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract

Glaze

  • 1 cup (132g) powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple extract*
  • Milk to thin as needed
  • Fall colored sprinkles (optional)
  • Finely hopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. For the cookies: In a mixing bowl whisk together flour and salt. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugar until well combined. 

  2. Mix in maple extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. 
  3. Divide dough into two portions and shape each into a disk (about 5-inches) on a sheet of plastic wrap, wrap plastic wrap around disks and transfer to fridge and chill 30 minutes (don't stack them, place them separately).
  4. Remove one disk of dough from fridge, rough out to an even 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface (also dusting top lightly with flour). 
  5. Cut in to maple leaf shapes using a cookie cutter then transfer leaves to an ungreased baking sheet. 
  6. Transfer the baking sheet to refrigerator and chill 15 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  7. Transfer from fridge to preheated oven and bake until edges are lightly golden, about 14 - 16 minutes. 
  8. Let cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.
  9. For the glaze: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup and maple extract while adding in milk 1/2 tsp at a time to thin as needed (glaze should be somewhat thick, similar to an icing).
  10. Spread glaze over cooled cookies and immediately top with sprinkles or pecans if using after icing each cookie (glaze will begin to set quickly). 

  11. Let rest at room temperature to allow glaze to set. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

*Note that some maple extracts have more coloring in them than others so your glaze may not be quite as dark as that pictured. I tested with two different brands, Mapleine and Watkins. While both are good I like the Watkins better for flavor as it seems to have a bit more of a maple flavor, but the Mapleine does have more of that classic maple glazed doughnut color.

Nutrition Facts
Glazed Maple Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Potassium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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17 comments

  • Mary Zimmermann: Can’t wait to make them. Two of my favorites: shortbread and maple!! October 10, 2018 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Denise: These cookies are just beautiful. December 4, 2016 at 7:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Denise! December 7, 2016 at 12:46pm Reply

  • Jen: Hi! Just found your site and these look so good! Can you tell me if you can use a piping bag for this icing? looks like you may have? November 1, 2016 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No I just spread it out with an offset spatula :). November 1, 2016 at 5:43pm Reply

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