Maple Glazed Maple Shortbread Recipe

Maple Glazed Maple Shortbread
This easy shortbread made with maple syrup and brown sugar, is the perfect holiday cookie. Chilled in the fridge and then sliced and baked, this maple glazed cookie is a maple lover’s dream.

Maple Glazed Maple Shortbrea

Everyone should have an easy shortbread recipe in their back pocket.

I’ve made many shortbread cookies over the years, but this one is my favorite…at least today!

Maple is one of my favorite flavors and these maple shortbread cookies are…well, let’s just say it is hard to stop at one!

I dare say these are the perfect gift, when you need a hostess gift. Stacked in clear cellophane bags with  pretty velvet ribbon, these shortbreads win everyone over.

Maple Glazed Maple Shortbread

These maple cookies are just perfect for gifting if you have any left after your family eats them all.

Making the dough is a total cinch. With just 5 ingredients, this maple shortbread recipe, can’t be beat.

Another reason I love this cookie is they are just like slice and bake cookies. You know. The ones from the refrigerator case.

Of course, they taste like gobs better than those, but once the dough is prepared, it is formed into a log and then wrapped in wax paper or plastic wrap, until you are ready to slice and bake!

Maple Shortbread

Get it?

Slice and bake cookies are just the best. The dough is ready in 15 minutes and then it’s a matter of chilling until you are ready to slice and bake. 

Shortbread is a favorite of mine, as is anything maple. These cookies are a great combination of both.

Cookies fill the little bite syndrome just perfectly and they do so without making us look virtuous. After all everyone is entitled to a cookie.

Maple Shortbread Cookies

Besides; cookies are small and petite and cute and sweet. Oh, I do love to use my words! 

And I love this cookie. This shortbread recipe makes about 60 cookies depending on how thick you slice them.

 Baked cookies can be kept in the freezer and glazed when thawed. 

Though they don’t need to be glazed,  I heartily recommend this simple maple glaze.

Maple Shortbread Cookies

Splurge and buy real maple syrup. Real maple extract is also a necessity, but if you don’t have it use real vanilla.

With cookies this good they are quickly eaten and receive lots of compliments  It’s hard for me to avoid chocolate but I have always loved shortbread.

Perhaps it’s the butter flavor and the crumbly texture of shortbread that I love so much.

Though these are a bit untraditional because of the added egg yolk,  they benefit from the richness of the egg.

Maple cookies

And perhaps they aren’t as crumbly as a traditional shortbread recipe, but they sure are good.

An icebox cookie? A slice and bake cookie? Or perhaps just a good maple shortbread cookie? Whatever you want to call them, is fine with me. 

Because frankly, I just call these delicious!



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Maple Glazed Maple Shortbread

Slice and Bake Maple Glazed Maple Shortbread

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: Approximately 60 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This easy shortbread made with maple syrup and brown sugar, is the perfect holiday cookie. Chilled in the fridge and then sliced and baked, this maple glazed cookie is a maple lover’s dream.


  • 2 c soft butter
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 c real maple syrup
  • 4 1/2 c unbleached flour
  • Turbinado or Maple Sugar for sprinkling

Maple Glaze

  • 2 1/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1 t pure and real maple extract
  • 3 T milk or more if needed


  1. In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and brown sugar on medium high speed until smooth and light in color.
  2. Beat in egg yolk and maple syrup until combined.
  3. Add flour and stir in gently. Cover mixer with a towel and continue mixing until flour is beat in. (The towel prevents the flour from flying everywhere.)
  4. Turn out dough onto  lightly floured surface and roll into one log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment. Slice rounds about 1/2′ thick. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
  6. Brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Take cookies off of sheet and let cool on wire rack.
  8. When cool these may be stored in a sealed container or a zip lock bag for up to 4 days. They may also be placed in the freezer.
  9. If you choose to glaze the cookies, combine the powdered sugar, maple extract and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Dip each cookie into glaze and place on a wire rack until glaze hardens. Sprinkle with additional maple or turbinado sugar.

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  • Linger
    October 31, 2020 at 7:34 am

    These are the absolute perfect gift-giving idea. But I would have to make an extra batch otherwise there would not be any left to give. The maple glaze looks like it is to die for. I will definitely save this recipe for the Holiday season. And as always, thanks so much for sharing Abbe.

  • sherry
    October 30, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    sounds fabulous. i love maple syrup flavoured anything! and a rich shortbread is a delight. i must make these soon.

  • Healthy
    October 28, 2020 at 9:15 am

    This might be one of the first holiday cookies we bake! Simply delicious and beautiful with the sugar sprinkling.

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    October 27, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Definitely would want these glazed! Shortbread is one of my favorites — just impossible to resist, isn’t it? So you know I can’t resist these cookies. 🙂

  • The-FoodTrotter
    November 30, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Your shortbreads look gorgeous with this thick layer of icing. I’m all into this fall-Xmas vibe this day and I absolutely need to use your maple syrup glaze recipe 🙂

  • Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    November 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Yum! I have some maple syrup (really really good stuff) that would be amazing in these cookies! Pinning!!

  • Kelly | Foodtasia
    November 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    These cookies look heavenly!

  • Marcelle
    November 15, 2018 at 11:49 am

    I’m afraid I’d have to lock myself away from these!! They look just dreamy, Abbe 🙂

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    November 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my, these look great, Abbe! I am a huge fan of shortbread cookies and the maple flavor fits the season beautifully.

  • Gerlinde de Broekert
    November 16, 2017 at 4:15 am

    You are making me hungry with all these delicious looking cookies. I love your maple syrup glaze.

  • Vicki Bensinger
    November 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I love shortbread cookies and with the added maple glaze I'm afraid no one else would have the opportunity to indulge in them. Love these. Will definitely try them this holiday.

  • Sippity Sup
    November 14, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Love the glaze. PS The "little bite syndrome" bit me long ago. GREG

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    November 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I love cookies too! they are my favorite, especially shortbreads;). Can't wait to make these myself, pinned!

  • Paula | Vintage Kitchen
    November 13, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I'm all about maple recipes right now, and these look just perfect Abbe! I never baked cookies until I did. And now it's one of my favorite things to bake, after cake of course. Maple shortbread, I'm so making it!

  • Holly @
    November 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Maple must bring the perfect flavor to these shortbread cookies. I am sure they disappeared quickly!

  • Tricia Buice
    November 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I bet these are terrific Abbe – we love only the good real maple syrup and combined with shortbread must be a wonderful treat!

  • La Table De Nana
    November 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I come from a land of real maple syrup:) So I will try..

    made your tortilla apps..could not find 4 inches..smallest almost 6? So I made us each 2 full size..good! Love the way we bake them w/ the butter and salt!

  • Liz Berg
    November 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

    These melt in your mouth gems look terrific, Abbe! I have the little bite syndrome, too, and your maple cookies are the perfect solution for when my sweet tooth is acting up!

  • Angie Schneider
    November 11, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Yeah to cookie season! Shortbread cookies are my absolute favourite, Abbe. These with maple glaze look scrumptious.

  • Kitchen Riffs
    November 11, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I love the dough, too. And life's too short not to buy real maple syrup. Anyway, these look terrific — such nice flavor. And you're right, it's cookie season!

  • Chris Scheuer
    November 10, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I am a shortbread aficionado as well as a maple syrup lover so these cookies have my name written all over them, yum!!!