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Maple Sugar Cookie Recipe

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This maple sugar cookie recipe is a great healthy alternative to the refined sugar version. Add these to your Christmas cookie swap.

This maple sugar cookie recipe is a great healthy alternative to the refined sugar version. Add these to your Christmas cookie swap.

I don’t like to let holidays pass by without a dose of sugar cookies. A simple set of cookie cutters is all you need to make fun shapes for each special season.

This maple sugar cookie recipe is a real food version of the classic. The dough is easy to work with, so kids can help make these yummy treats.

Maple Sugar Cookies Tips

You can eat these maple sugar cookies plain or decorate them with whatever icing you like. I’m including a simple maple frosting recipe here. If you want to color the frosting, I recommend avoiding artificial food coloring. Derived from petroleum, artificial food dyes have been linked to long-term health problems and hyperactivity.

Instead of using those little dye bottles full of chemicals, you can color your maple sugar cookie frosting with natural dyes. My homemade Easter egg dye post will help give you some natural food coloring ideas. You can also find natural dyes at many grocery stores.

The batter comes together quickly and easily.

The batter comes together quickly and easily.

Kids enjoy helping to make the shapes.

Kids enjoy helping to make the shapes.

Bake for 8 minutes.

Bake for 8 minutes.

Have fun decorating the sugar cookies.

Have fun decorating the sugar cookies.

Try my dairy free sugar cookies and gluten free snickerdoodles for other allergy-friendly holiday desserts.

Maple Sugar Cookies

This maple sugar cookie recipe is a great healthy alternative to the refined sugar version. ($.15 per cookie)
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4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins


For the cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbs. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 1/4 cup softened butter or palm oil shortening
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


  • To make the dough, combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, milk, egg, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and mix until a uniform dough forms. The dough will be a bit sticky at this point.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in wax paper, and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • After the dough solidifies a bit in the fridge, place it on a floured work surface. Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch. (Note: You’ll probably need to add a few tablespoons of flour to the dough if the dough is too sticky to roll. Don’t add too much, though, or the cookies will come out dry.)
  • Cut the cookies into shapes using 3-inch cookie cutters (or similar).
  • Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookies begin to get brown. If the tops start to brown, they’ll be a bit dry.
  • To make the frosting, whip the frosting ingredients in a mixer for about one minute. It should become smooth and the color should be uniform (light tan).
  • When the cookies have cooled completely, decorate each one with a layer of frosting. Store the cookies in an airtight container.


Calories: 96kcal
Servings: 24
Calories: 96kcal

Price Breakdown

This recipe yields about 24 cookies using 3-inch cookie cutter shapes, and it costs $3.50 to make ($.15 per cookie). This Maple Sugar Cookie recipe is a healthier alternative to typical, overly-sweetened sugar cookies, but these taste just as good.

What cookies do you like to make for holidays? Please share in the comments.


  1. 5 stars
    Thanks SO much for sharing this! I have an Earl Grey tea addiction at the moment so I added tea leaf – turned out perfect and the aroma has gone through the whole house 🙂

    Perfect little snack for my daughters lunch box and with my tea!

  2. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! These are Amazing! I have tried other healthier versions of sugar cookies and they were awful. These are Better than regular sugar cookies! This is now my go to recipe!

    1. You’re welcome, Jean! I’m so glad you like these maple sugar cookies. They’re a bit addictive, arent’ they?

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, these cookies turn out well, but the frosting was a dismal failure. At first it was a buttery syrup but soon turned into curds and syrup, just fine for waffles. The cookies were yummy on their own though.

      1. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. I wonder if the temperature of the ingredients was at play.

  4. Here’s a tip… do not let the dough get too warm before cutting-out or going in the oven! The first sheet I baked are perfect. The second sheet (baked in same oven at same time) are completely gnarly. They are the ugliest cookies I have ever laid eyes on.

  5. Hey Annemarie! Thank you so much for fixing the link to this and other recipes. I made these with tapioca flour. They are great! I tried using cookie cutters, but it didn’t work. So I rolled balls and pressed them down instead. Also, I added about a half cup more of flour because it was soupy, there was no way to roll it into a ball. Next time I will try it with white all-purpose and cookie cutters. I have not tried the icing yet. Thanks again.

    1. I’m glad it worked for you, Tammany. Different flours will always need varying amounts of liquid, so I’m glad your adjustment worked. When I use my flour for this recipe, the dough solidifies nicely in the refrigerator for rolling.

  6. We just made these (they look amazing and are in the oven!) But the frosting did NOT work… I made it exactly as written but it got clumpy and the buyer and syrup didn’t mix…

    1. I’m sorry to hear about the icing, Nicole. It sounds like the butter wasn’t softened enough. If it’s still solid, it won’t mix properly with the maple syrup. You may be able to salvage it by heating the icing mixture slightly in a small pot on the stove top so the butter chunks melt a bit. Then try whipping it for another minute in the mixer. Good luck!

  7. I’ve been thinking about making hanukkah cookies with cookie cutters I recently bought, and now I have the perfect batter! Thank you and happy holidays!

  8. So, I tried to make these today but the dough was way too sticky! Do you think they need more than 1 and 1/4 cup of flour? I made exactly exactly as written, but it didn’t work for me. Any ideas?

    1. Sorry to hear that, Sarah. This dough starts out sticky for me, but it solidifies nicely in the refrigerator. I do add in a bit more flour (1-2 tbs.) on my work surface when I roll it out. If the dough is coming out too sticky for you, add extra flour on your work surface. Add enough into the dough until it’s the right consistency for rolling. You don’t want it too dry or else the cookies will come out crumbly.

  9. I made the maple cinnamon apple sauce the other day. (It was amazing!) With all this maple syrup use, I’ll have to go back to my local sugar shack before their “Maple Sugar Sunday” event next March! Happy holidays and a peaceful new year to you and yours.

    1. Thanks, Anna! I can’t even tell you how many gallons of maple syrup I go through in a year. It’s so good. I’m glad to hear you liked the applesauce. I just ate the last little bit in our jar. The kids will be disappointed that it’s gone.

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