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Soft Maple Brown Sugar Cookies
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Soft Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

These heavenly Soft Maple Brown Sugar Drop Cookies are so soft, thick and amazing to bite into and they're perfected with warm ingredients like maple syrup, brown sugar, applesauce and cinnamon (yum!) inside and then the tops of the cookies are dipped and dripping in a super easy, buttery maple syrup icing! 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Amish
Keyword: brown sugar cookies, christmas cookies, fall baking, fall desserts, maple, maple icing for cookies, maple syrup, soft cookies,, softest cookies, thanksgiving
Servings: 14 Cookies
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Kim Lange


Soft Batch Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup butter room temperature or dairy-free butter option
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 & ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Buttery Maple Glaze - Will cover 2 batches of cookies if you do a double batch.

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter or dairy-free butter option
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Softest Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder and set aside.
  • Using mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar together for 2 minutes, then add maple syrup until mixed well.
  • Add in applesauce, vanilla extract and beat for an additional minute. Add in flour mixture and mix to incorporate. You should have a very soft dough.
  • Using a 1 ½ tablespoon or medium cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to sit on the baking sheet, untouched, for 10 minutes.

Buttery Maple Icing

  • Using microwave, melt the butter and maple syrup together for 1 ½ - 2 minutes. Once the butter has melted, remove from microwave and whisk in the sifted confectioners’ sugar and salt. Set glaze aside and allow to cool and thicken while cookies cool. If icing is too thick, heat up in microwave 15-30 second increments to get icing consistency needed.
  • Dip each cookie into the maple icing by dipping the tops in, then place dipped cookies on wire rack or parchment paper to set.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg