Maple Sugar Buttons

Maple Sugar Buttons
Yield: about 36 cookies Prep 45 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 10 mins to 12 mins


  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 36 colorful licorice laces (sold at candy stores)

Make It

1. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Blend in the egg. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating well between each addition.

2. Divide the dough in half and flatten into two disks. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. On a floured work surface, roll out one disk until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 1-1/2-inch-diameter glass or round cookie cutter to cut out as many circles from the dough as possible. Transfer the circles to cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Press a smaller glass or cookie cutter partway into the dough to create the button's rim. Use a straw or a toothpick to make the four holes in the center of each cookie.

4. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. When ready to serve, thread licorice through buttonholes.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 88, Fat, total (g): 3, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 15, pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 52, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.