Christmas Shortbread Cookies with Maple Lacing

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Recipe — Christmas Shortbread Cookies with Maple Lacing
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15-20 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup fine maple sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Maple butter (for garnish)


  1. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to beat maple sugar with butter. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. In another bowl, sift flour with cocoa and salt. Gently combine with the butter and maple sugar mixture.
  3. Form the dough into a disk using your hands and wrap in plastic. Leave to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Place rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 160 °C (325 °F).
  5. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 1/2 cm (1/4 in) thickness. Using cookie cutters of your choice, cut out approximately 20 cookies, making sure to use up the leftover the dough.
  7. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. (At this stage, the undecorated cookies will keep for a week if you wish to get a head start.)
  9. Fit a pastry bag with small plain tip and fill it with maple butter. Decorate cookies with joyful designs.

Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Makes 15 to 20 cookies.

N.B. You can use craft stamps to decorate the cookies. Stamp each cookie before it’s baked. Once baked, using a pastry bag, decorate the cooled cookies with maple butter by following the grooves of the stamps.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.