Chocolate- Iced Maple Cookies

While traveling through the state of Vermont last summer, we passed quite a few of those little soft serve ice cream stands that you often see on the side of the road when you’re on a family road trip. In my part of the world, these soft serve ice cream cones are known as ”Frosties” but for some reason, in the good state of Vermont they’re called Creamies. Most specifically, because it’s the land of Maple Syrup, there are big signs inviting folks to try Maple Creamies. As many times as we saw these wonderful little ice cream shacks, I never once stopped to try a Maple Creamy. I’ve been thinking about those darn creamies ever since. Just before we left Vermont, we stopped at a Maple Farm near East Montpelier: Bragg Farm Sugarhouse, where I purchased a few maple-themed goodies.  Can you believe they had Maple Creamies at this place too and I didn’t get one there either?? Clearly, there were too many regional food choices on the trip, and the state’s beloved ice cream cone didn’t quite make the cut.

One of the goodies I purchased at the Maple Farm was a bottle of maple flavoring that I hauled back to California with me. Cookies seemed like a good way to try the maple flavoring, so I decided on Chocolate Iced Maple Cookies.
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You absolutely must use maple flavoring (extract) for this recipe.  Don’t try to substitute maple syrup, thinking it will add the maple flavor that you need because you just won’t get it.   The maple cookies themselves are nothing to write home about… they’re just a maple-flavored cakey type of cookie.  They’re not bad… just nothing special.  Add a good smear of that chocolate icing, however, and they’re transformed into quite a delicious little treat. Chocolate and Maple turn out to be a nice flavor pairing.
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You don’t have to go to Vermont to get maple flavoring.  Your regular old grocery store will carry an imitation maple extract but  I’d do everything I could to locate a real maple extract.  Imitation is, well… imitation (it’s just not as good).  Online, King Arthur Flour offers a natural maple flavoring, and you can check Amazon and Watkins too.

You will have to go to Vermont, however, to taste one of those Maple Creamies… something I’ll be sure to do on my next trip to that beautiful state.

This recipe can be found here:  Chocolate Maple Cookies

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25 Responses to “Chocolate- Iced Maple Cookies”

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    VeggieGirl — October 19, 2009 @ 4:18 AM

    Can’t pass up the maple when in Vermont! Love those cookies.

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    Jenny — October 19, 2009 @ 6:02 AM

    Beautiful cookies Lori! That icing has got my mouth watering :)

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    Elle — October 19, 2009 @ 6:14 AM

    So pretty! I love maple anything!

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    dawn — October 19, 2009 @ 6:19 AM

    ohh love this, must try this one!

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    Barbara — October 19, 2009 @ 8:45 AM

    The cookies look so crispy with that gooey frosting. I even like those maple sugar candies so you got me with the maple part! It’s always important to use REAL extracts- I agree.

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    Leslie Green — October 19, 2009 @ 9:33 AM

    I have a bottle of maple favoring just screaming to be used up! These look perfect

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    Barbara Bakes — October 19, 2009 @ 9:46 AM

    Sound wonderful! I think they would make a great sandwich cookie too!

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    Jessica — October 19, 2009 @ 10:24 AM

    These look delicious! The frosting looks amazing.

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    karen — October 19, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    That frosting looks awesome! Great pictures.

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    noble pig — October 19, 2009 @ 3:51 PM

    Maple is one of my all-time favorite flavors!

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    Velva — October 19, 2009 @ 4:39 PM

    These maple cookies look fabulous! So glad that you had an opportunity to scoop up some maple flavoring while traveling in Vermont.
    I was thinking what we call “creamies” or “Frosties” I think we just call them soft ice cream. I am thinking how boring.

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    Jane — October 19, 2009 @ 4:58 PM

    When I was young, my family did the traditional pack-the-family-in-the-station-wagon summer vacation, and we toured New England. At one stop, I tried a thick piece of maple sugar candy shaped like a leaf. I was hooked. Loved ‘em. I bought them everyplace we visited that trip. But now my teeth hurt just thinking about eating something so sugary.

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    Jen Schall — October 19, 2009 @ 7:16 PM

    Beautiful cookies – the chocolate maple combination sounds delicious!

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    Chefdruck — October 19, 2009 @ 7:29 PM

    Now you have me craving those maple creamies! My maple treat of choice up til now was maple sugar candy.

    I also love the sound of frozen custard. Don’t you?

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    megan — October 19, 2009 @ 8:15 PM

    I’ve always wanted to go to Vermont in the Fall. What a lovely trip that would be! If I ever make it, I’ll be sure to get a maple creamie.
    The cookies look awesome!

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    nina — October 19, 2009 @ 10:56 PM

    You just have a way with baking…..These cookies are a delight to look at and with the maple and chocolate it must have been a dream to eat too!!!

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    Sophie — October 20, 2009 @ 12:17 AM

    What a neat idea & recipe!! the cookies look divine!!!

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    Amanda — October 20, 2009 @ 3:23 AM

    I have some maple flavoring in my cabinet and have only used it to make homemade syrup. These look wonderful Lori :)

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    Katrina — October 20, 2009 @ 7:38 AM

    I always just say some of the same things on your blog–but yum. What else can I say. The chocolate sounds (and looks) fab!

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    Lynn — October 20, 2009 @ 9:13 AM

    No maple creamies? Seriously? That would be a must-stop for me. The cookies look wonderful. Maple and chocolate – must try!

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    CakeSpy — October 20, 2009 @ 11:28 AM

    Have I told you lately that I love you, RecipeGirl?? These look fantastic.

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    southern hostess — October 20, 2009 @ 8:13 PM

    Wow! These look incredible.

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    Lily — October 22, 2009 @ 7:41 AM

    I was just thinking that your kids must LOVE coming home after school with all of these treats!!!! They are so lucky. Again, another fab treat Lori!

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    susan from food blogga — October 22, 2009 @ 4:55 PM

    Maple AND chocolate? I’m in love.

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    Gera @ SweetsFoods — October 23, 2009 @ 2:46 PM

    These chocolate treats are so dangerous with me around! Positively sinful with the maple :)

    Cheers!

    Gera