Maple Walnut Spice Cookies

Many flavors evoke the sense of the arrival of fall, but Maple is the flavor that most does it for me. At this time of year, I long to visit a region where maple is abundant… where maple farmers are tapping maple trees for sap in order to make fresh maple syrup. Instead, I must settle for my mail order maple sugar, Trader’s Joe’s highest grade maple syrup and the occasional home-baked maple treat. My first of the season: Maple- Walnut Spice Cookies.

I thought these soft, little cookies were spicy and flavorful enough to eat on their own, but a thin layer of glaze drizzled on top adds even more maple flavor and acts as a sweet addition.

The glaze spreads on fairly thin, and some even drips over the sides a bit, but it dries up quickly and sets enough that you could store them in between layers of waxed paper if you wished. Just place paper towels or waxed paper underneath a rack and drizzle the glaze without worry of messing up your table or counter. Simply throw away the mess when you’re finished glazing.

A sprinkle of walnuts, lightly toasted of course, are an appropriate way to top this cookie. If you don’t care for walnuts, pecans would be a nice replacement. And if you’re not into nuts at all, the maple glaze is delicious enough to hold its own without a topping.

Use pure maple syrup if you can find it. Though expensive, it really makes a difference flavor-wise. Look for Grade B syrup (a darker variety with a more robust flavor) to use for cooking and baking.

*An added bonus- these cookies are only 82 calories. So plan to eat a few… practically guilt free!

Now that fall has arrived here in the U.S., I’ll continue to hunt for more recipes that utilize the best of the fall flavors… pumpkin, cranberry, pecan, apple, pear and of course my favorite… maple.

This recipe can be found here:  Maple Walnut Spice Cookies

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39 Responses to “Maple Walnut Spice Cookies”

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    Manggy — September 22, 2008 @ 7:57 AM

    You know, the more you write about the fall flavors, the less I will miss those darn summer fruits! The best part is all those fall fruits are readily available here!
    Pure maple syrup is a different animal, though. But thanks to some generous gifters I can now taste liquid gold! Now, if only I could get my hands on those cookies ;)

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    Clumbsy Cookie — September 22, 2008 @ 8:59 AM

    I have a jar of maple syrup that a friend got from Canada and I’ve been looking for recipes to try it, since here we don’t have it and it’s a flavour am not very used to. The cookies look delicious and something I would like to use my maple syrup in. Thanks!

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    HoneyB — September 22, 2008 @ 9:24 AM

    I love maple syrup – of course, I live in an area that produces it! Your cookies look awesome and only 82 calories!!!

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    Anita — September 22, 2008 @ 2:49 PM

    Mmm…these totally sound like fall! Wonderful!

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    Maria — September 22, 2008 @ 3:43 PM

    I love the flavor of maple! I am sure I will love these cookies!

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    Deborah — September 22, 2008 @ 5:24 PM

    I definitely want some of that glaze on my cookies!! And with only 82 calories, you might as well send me over a few!

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    Dawn — September 22, 2008 @ 7:24 PM

    Oh my goodness! These are killing me. I have to make something with maple now lol.

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    lisa — September 22, 2008 @ 7:31 PM

    Wow. The maple glaze and chopped walnuts look fantastic!

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    Kacie — September 22, 2008 @ 8:22 PM

    What beautiful cookies.. A perfect way to ring in Autumn!

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    noble pig — September 22, 2008 @ 8:44 PM

    Oh Maple, that is my favorite, no other flavor makes me happier!

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    lalaine — September 22, 2008 @ 8:51 PM

    I just love the way you captured the glaze suspended in mid-air like that. Fantastic recipe and photos!

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    Sara — September 22, 2008 @ 8:56 PM

    These look absolutely delicious! What a great way to welcome in the fall!

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    Mike of Mike's Table — September 22, 2008 @ 9:34 PM

    I love maple and often forget about it outside of breakfast. These look awesome!

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — September 22, 2008 @ 10:56 PM

    At only 82 calories, I’ll take a dozen, please! I promise not to eat anything else all day. ;)

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    Adam — September 22, 2008 @ 11:51 PM

    Maple syrup and fall are perfect pairs. Your cookies look great, and at low fat like that, I can burn them off doing like apple picking :)

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    Heather — September 23, 2008 @ 12:06 AM

    oh i love maple syrup! i make my friend from new england bring me the good stuff every time she goes to visit her parents!! and those toasted walnuts look delicious!

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    Jan — September 23, 2008 @ 12:38 AM

    I’d just like to reach through the screen and grab one of those right now. What lovely fall flavors.

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    Veronica — September 23, 2008 @ 1:06 AM

    I couldn’t agree with you more-maple to me just screams fall. I think one of my favorite fall things has to be maple candy, and that glaze looks like it would taste like candy.

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    That Girl — September 23, 2008 @ 1:38 AM

    It’s funny – maple is SUCH a fall flavor, but I never really think of it because I’m so consumed with the idea of pumpkin.

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    Cakebrain — September 23, 2008 @ 3:36 AM

    Being Canadian, I can’t resist Maple Syrup, and these glazed cookies are a yummy looking indulgence

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    Prudy — September 23, 2008 @ 4:32 AM

    Cookies are my favorite dessert/treat and this one looks perfect. I actually love maple extract for glazes so I will try that here. I love making maple glaze for homemade pumpkin donuts. Yummmmm!

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    My Sweet & Saucy — September 23, 2008 @ 7:05 AM

    Loving these! The perfect cookie to start out the fall season!

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    VeggieGirl — September 23, 2008 @ 10:42 AM

    I agree, maple is definitely a wonderful flavor of autumn; and WOW those cookies look fabulous!! Especially with the glaze :0)

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    diva — September 23, 2008 @ 11:42 AM

    yay! joy to fall. and maple and spices and wonderful cookies. i’m so excited!

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    Grace — September 23, 2008 @ 11:42 AM

    i could plan to eat a few and still end up eating twelve. is twelve still considered a few? i’m crazy about the flavor of maple, so i know these’d be delicious. great pictures and great recipe. :)

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    Carmen — September 23, 2008 @ 12:22 PM

    You have a lovely site! I am in love with maple and have never baked maple cookies – I will definitely try these out.

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    alexandra's kitchen — September 23, 2008 @ 1:08 PM

    what a perfect treat for fall! I love maple syrup. just thinking about it makes me miss a New England fall. just for one second though. I would never give up this west coast weather.

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 23, 2008 @ 2:33 PM

    these look delicious. i will be trying these!

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    Lori Lynn — September 23, 2008 @ 3:33 PM

    Love the maple glaze, Lori!
    Looking forward to reading more of your Fall recipes!

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    Sandie — September 23, 2008 @ 4:01 PM

    Oh my…the glaze totally got me. Ever since trying some fresh maple-walnut praline’s from the French Quarter in New Orleans some years ago, I’m a goner for maple anything!

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    Katrina — September 23, 2008 @ 5:11 PM

    They look and sound so good. I bought a jar of maple syrup and even my husband can’t get the lid off! ;( But when I do…..!

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    Maria — September 23, 2008 @ 8:35 PM

    Oh wow those cookies with that glaze looks so yummy!


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    Jenny — September 24, 2008 @ 12:39 AM

    Perfect cookie. I love cookies with a fabulous glaze! I will be trying these soon!

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    Dee — September 24, 2008 @ 6:53 AM

    Oh, I’m so glad you said 82 calories! You have no idea. I’ve been on a binge fest, and really shouldn’t be working up my greed by blogging hopping. My hips thank you. My butt thanks you. I’m pretty sure the boys will thank you too.

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    Nicole — September 24, 2008 @ 10:10 PM

    Love the look of the glaze. Maple is such a fall flavor. We bring syrup back from Vermont often.

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    Aimée — September 25, 2008 @ 1:45 AM

    These are great pictures!! And maple syrup? I’m in!

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    Lydia — September 25, 2008 @ 2:59 PM

    Oh my gosh! I’m seeing all your recent posts and I just want to come and live with you! haha…You make all my favorite flavors into such nice creations…Apples, caramel, maple, walnut, pecan, chocolate, pumpkin….Oh my! You are a gal after my own heart.

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    oneshotbeyond — September 30, 2008 @ 10:23 PM

    okay I’m drooling. thank u!

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    Shelley — August 14, 2011 @ 2:20 AM

    If you want some good syrup, come for a visit… I live in Vermont :) It’s beautiful here, especially in the Fall.