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Maple Walnut Cookies

Maple Walnut Cookies are one of the best coffee or tea break cookies you’ll ever taste. Buttery walnut shortbread sandwiched with rich maple buttercream frosting.

Maple Walnut Cookies

Maple Walnut Cookies

What a delicious cookie!

The tender buttery walnut shortbread cookies are exceptionally scrumptious all on their own. But, the addition of a maple buttercream frosting to stick a couple of these together takes them to a whole other level.

My Mom would definitely give this her stamp of approval as a perfect “cuppa tea” cookie.

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Maple Walnut Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies

Maple Walnut Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Maple Walnut Cookies are one of the best coffee or tea break cookies you'll ever taste; buttery walnut shortbread sandwiched with rich maple buttercream frosting.


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 tbsp cold water. Only enough to bring a soft dough together.

For the Maple Frosting

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar, i.e. powdered sugar or confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the walnuts on a cookie sheet and bake for 4 minutes then toss the nuts around and bake for another 3 or 4 minutes. Let the nuts cool completely before grinding them up in a food processor along with the 1/4 cup sugar. Grind the nuts fine but not too fine. They should not be powdery. Remove and set aside.
  3. To the food processor add the citing sugar, baking powder and flour.
  4. Pulse the dry ingredients together.
  5. Pulse in the butter until well combined.
  6. Finally add the nut mixture and pulse that in several times to combine thoroughly.
  7. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and water that have been whisked together. Mix together until a soft dough forms.
  8. Wrap dough and chill for at least one hour. Roll out to a little less than a 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut out with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees f for 11-12 minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare the Maple Frosting

  1. In a very small saucepan, simmer the maple syrup.
  2. Simmer fro only a few minutes until the volume has reduced by half. Watch this carefully, it can easily burn if unattended. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Slowly beat together the icing sugar butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the maple syrup and beat until smooth. If the frosting doesn't seem thick enough add another few tbsp of icing sugar.
  5. Sandwich the cookies together with the frosting.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 28mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 2g

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Barry C. Parsons

Monday 17th of December 2012

I wouldn't. Make the cookies and freeze them. Make the icing next week and out them together.


Thursday 13th of December 2012

Thanks. I'm going to make these for a cookie exchange next week. Do you think they'll keep for about a week until Christmas?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

Depends on the size you make them I'd say 14-18


Monday 10th of December 2012

How many maple sandwich cookies does this recipe make?

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