Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

10 minutes

10 minutes

Serves:

Level:

2 Servings

Beginner

About the Recipe

These adorable cutout cookies are flavored with maple syrup and classic fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Walnuts provide a delicious crunch.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring

  • 2 large egg whites, divided

  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or granulated sugar

  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  • Step 1Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until milk solids stop crackling and turn amber (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Transfer butter mixture to a small bowl, scraping pan to include milk solids. Cover and cool butter mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until soft and congealed but not firm.

  • Step 2Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.

  • Step 3Combine chilled butter mixture and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add syrup, flavoring, and 1 egg white to butter mixture; beat at low speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat on low speed until blended. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour or until firm.

  • Step 4Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Step 5Place walnuts and turbinado sugar in a food processor; pulse 15 times or until mixture is coarsely ground. Place remaining 1 egg white in another small bowl; stir with a whisk.

  • Step 6Working with one portion of the dough at a time (keep remaining dough chilled until use), roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface, and cut with a 2 1/2-inch round or decorative cutter. Place 24 cookies, evenly spaced, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Gently brush tops of cookies with egg white; sprinkle evenly with half of walnut mixture. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until pale brown. Remove cookies from pan; cool completely on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough, egg white, and walnut mixture