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Delectable Maple Glazed Maple Shortbread Cookies

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

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 shortbread cookies

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

How To Make Maple Shortbread Cookies

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 cookies

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 shortbread 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

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  • 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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Saturday 31st of October 2020

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.


Friday 30th of October 2020

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


Wednesday 28th of October 2020

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

John / Kitchen Riffs

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

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. :-)


Friday 30th of November 2018

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 :)