Autumn Maple Spice Cookies

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I present to you the perfect gift. Whether it’s for a friend, family member, or yourself…it will be enjoyed. Now that fall is just around the corner, I was inspired to create a cookie perfect for the season. We’ve all had gingersnaps or gingerbread type of treats. Who doesn’t love those?! I just love spice in sweets. I wanted mine to have a nice presence of spice but also decided to add in some oats, so they aren’t like a typical gingersnap. I also sweetened them mostly with pure maple syrup, it gives them a deep smoky flavor.

Recipe:  Makes 18 cookies  Prep time: 15 mins  Cook time: 12 mins  

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup packed organic coconut sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pure grade a maple syrup or agave will work
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon packed vegan buttery spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a sheetpan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, except the coconut sugar, until well mixed. In a large bowl, beat together the vegan butter, maple syrup, and coconut sugar until creamy. Beat in the vanilla. Now carefully fold in the dry ingredients with a spoon until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. I like to add half the dry ingredients, gently fold them in, then the other half. Drop by tablespoonfuls (I used a melon scooper) onto the prepared sheet pan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden and the tops are slightly cracked. They will still look a little underdone when you remove them. Do not over bake them, they will harden while cooling. Let them cool at least 10 minutes and transfer them to cool completely on a rack.

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Categories: Gift Ideas, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN

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13 Comments on “Autumn Maple Spice Cookies”

  1. Tiffany Cockrell
    September 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM #

    Sounds Increadable Brandi! I will be making these during the fall for a gift!! You so rock!!

    • September 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM #

      Awww thanks so much Tiff!! Means so much you are making so many of my recipes for your friends! Makes me happy! Thanks for commenting 🙂

      • Tiffany Cockrell
        September 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM #

        Ty girly!! I’m going to make stuffed bell peppers again and pair ith with the maple glazed carrots so delicious!!

  2. September 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM #

    The spices, the oats AND maple Syrup?? I’m in! And the bow is beautiful any friend would be floored to receive this gift!

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM #

      Thank you so much! Yes! I tried to use mostly natural sweetener in these cookies with just a small amount of dark brown sugar for that deep sweetness. Maple gives them a nice chewiness too that compliments the spices really well, yum!! And thank you..I love bows/ribbons hehe 🙂

  3. Crista
    September 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

    these look divine. and i love your photographs! so cute!!

  4. September 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM #

    Thank you so much Crista for the compliment!! I have so much fun with food photography and am constantly working to improve 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. September 7, 2012 at 2:33 PM #

    I think you must call these cookies: magic cookies! They look just wonderful! I also am a big fan of spelt flour! Do you use light spelt flour or wholemeal spelt flour in here?

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! lovely pics too!

    • September 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM #

      Thank you so much Sophie!! It is Bob’s red mill stoneground wholegrain spelt flour. Super yummy and healthy. I just love it! Magic cookies…yes haha!

  6. September 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM #

    Hmmm….have to try the Bourbon Vanilla! These look awesome!

    • September 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM #

      Thanks Victoria!! Bourbon vanilla has such an incredible and richer flavor than regular vanilla, and the smell…WOW! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  7. October 6, 2012 at 8:50 PM #

    Beautiful 🙂 Cookies look yummy.

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