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Chewy Maple Cinnamon Cookies

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These cookies are kissed with the warmth of maple and brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon.  They are big and chewy and oh so good!

Stack of chewy maple cinnamon cookies tied up with red and white baker's twine

I am grateful to be included in this campaign in which OXO provided me some tools for recipe development and donated $100 to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer on my behalf. All opinions are my own. 

Sink your teeth into a nice chewy maple cinnamon cookie.  The warm flavors of maple and cinnamon will dance across your taste buds and put on a smile on your face.  These cookies are perfect for fall and are great on their own or with a bit of glaze. 

I’ll also show you how to turn them into mummies for Halloween.  They are versatile, timeless and delicious!

Today’s post is really special to me. I get to share with you two things that are important to me.

The first, of course, is cookies. We all know my sweet tooth is larger than life. But the second thing is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, childhood cancer research.

two glazed chewy maple cinnamon cookies with a smattering of sprinkles on them.

Why Cookies For Kids Cancer is so important:

Don’t worry, we’ll get back to the food soon enough. First we need to talk about something WAY bigger. Childhood cancer is one of those things we don’t like to think about. Such an ugly disease has no place in the lives of our special little people.

In fact, it was something I didn’t used to give much thought to either.  To be honest, I would shed a tear at the St. Jude specials when they were on T.V. but it always seemed so far away.

Then cancer came to town.  It came in the form of a lump on the belly of a friend’s two year old. A lump found on Christmas of all days.

A lump that encouraged a visit to the emergency room and then a long ambulance ride to St. Louis.  That lump turned out to be hepatoblastoma, a rare form of pediatric liver cancer.

All of the sudden childhood cancer wasn’t something they did fundraisers for on T.V.   All of the sudden it was something real. It was with awe that we watched our friends and their family fight cancer.

We were also in awe as we watched our community come together and support them. Luckily  6 months of chemotherapy and a big scary surgery later he had no evidence of disease!

But if you know any little cancer fighters, you know the battle doesn’t stop there. Less than four percent of cancer research dollars fund pediatric cancer research. So our littlest fighters just get mini doses of adult therapies.

The problem is our little people aren’t mini adults. They are still developing and growing.  So the very treatments they are getting to save their lives now can have scary side effects down the road.

So there is always the worry the cancer will come back. But there are also worries over the long term effects of what they went through to save their lives in the first place. There can be issues with teeth, cardiac problems, hearing loss and even infertility.

Then there is the risk that those very drugs that were used to kill the original cancer could cause secondary cancers later on. That is why we owe it to these little fighters to do more. They don’t deserve the disease but they most certainly deserve better treatments.

That is why when OXO reached out to me about baking cookies as a part of a larger fundraiser for childhood cancer, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! Two of OXO’s employees started Cookies for Kids’ Cancer after their son was diagnosed with cancer.

It is amazing how what started as a bake sale to fund research for better pediatric cancer treatments has grown.  Of course OXO is a big supporter of the cause.

In addition to donating money for each blogger who is baking cookies and sharing them virtually, they are also matching funds raised at bake sales across the country. I am grateful to be a little part of it.

Whew! I could probably go on about this subject for days, but I know you want to hear about the cookies as well.

illustration of maple cinnamon cookie ingredients.

A little bit about the chewy maple cinnamon cookies:

These cookies are chewy and delicious!! They are kissed with that warmth of brown sugar and maple.

There is something about those flavors that taste like a warm hug!  While maple syrup is actually more of a late winter early spring product, it still feels like fall to me.

scoops of maple cinnamon cookie dough on cookie sheet getting ready to bake.

I can’t be the only one, right?  Anyway, I tossed in a little bit of cinnamon for good measure and it really all blended together so well.

The dough is really easy to make.  Either start with super soft or melted and cooled butter and you can do it all in a bowl with a spatula.

Follow that up with a nice chill in the refrigerator and you will be ready to go in no time.  I used my large cookie scoop to make the balls of dough.

large maple cinnamon cookies fresh from oven with spatula taking cookie off tray.

Can I tell you a secret? I’ve broken every cookie scoop I’ve ever owned. Usually within the first couple of uses. Not that OXO one! I’ve had it for at least a couple of years and it’s still ticking… and certainly not for lack of use!

No need to flatten the dough out.  It they will do its thing in the oven and come out just perfect!

Stack of thick chewy maple cinnamon cookies.

They will flatten and puff up while baking.  You will want to pull them while they are puffy and the edges are just starting to take on some color.

They will fall a bit as they cool and that is what gives you those slightly crisp edges and the perfectly chewy centers. SO GOOD!!

Since I love all of the OXO products I own, I was not surprised to be blown away by their non-stick pro cookie sheet. It has a nice heavy duty feel to it and micro-texture helps your cookies bake evenly.

I was a little worried about throwing dough full of sticky maple syrup on the sheet with no parchment or anything, but they came right off! The silicone cookie spatula was the perfect tool to move them with.

They were kind enough to send me a cookie press as well and I am super excited to try that out.  I already have an idea I hope to share with you soon!

The cookies really were great on their own.  But you know me, I couldn’t resist the urge to throw some sort of frosting on these bad boys.  So I whipped up a quick glaze.

tray of maple cinnamon cookies with drizzles of white glaze and eye ball candies to make them look like mummies.

I drizzled some back and forth over half the cookies and added eyes for quick and easy mummies.  The rest got a quick schmear of glaze and a few sprinkles for a more all season feel.

I love to bake cookies and certainly don’t do it enough.  I always think of monster cookies this time of year as they were a favorite after school snack and cinnamon brown sugar roll-out cookies are a great fall cookie was well!  What are your favorite cookie recipes and tools?

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Yield: 18 Large Cookies

Chewy Maple Cinnamon Cookies

stack of maple cinnamon cookies tied with bakers twine

These cookies are kissed with the warmth of maple and brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. They are big and chewy and oh so good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 4 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, super soft or melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, maple extract and egg until well mixed.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until mixed and free of clumps.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Refrigerate for at least a half hour.*
  4. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  5. Scoop 3 Tablespoons of dough (I use a large cookie scoop for this) at a time onto non-stick cookie sheets (or regular cookie sheets lined with parchment paper). Alternatively, roll about 3 Tablespoons of dough into a ball about the size of a golf ball and place on cookie sheets. Gently flatten with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass. Leave room between the cookies for additional spreading.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden and the centers are puffed up.
  7. Cool completely on cookie sheet before removing. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. If you want to glaze them, just mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough heavy cream to make a thick glaze. Drizzle or spread as desired.

Notes

For thinner cookies, you can omit or reduce the chill time. For thicker cookies, chill for at least an hour.

For smaller cookies, reduce the bake time. Start checking 1T sized cookies after about 8-10 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cookies are kissed with the warmth of maple and brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. They are big and chewy and oh so good!
Sink your teeth into a nice chew maple cinnamon cookies.  The warm flavors will dance across your taste buds and put on a smile on your face.  These cookies are perfect for fall and are great on their own or with a bit of glaze.  I'll also show you how to turn them into mummies for Halloween!  They are versatile, timeless and delicious!

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Monica

Wednesday 28th of October 2020

The same exact thing happened to me!!

Grace L

Friday 16th of October 2020

Not sure what I did wrong, but made two separate batches after the first batch did not spread/flatten and the second batch did the same thing. The flavor was excellent, but the cookies were more like mini hockey pucks. All ingredients were fresh and followed the directions exactly. Any advice would be great!

Carlee

Friday 16th of October 2020

Oh no! I am so sorry that happened. It is hard to say what happened. The melting butter should have allowed them to spread. It sounds like they set up before they had the chance. Sometimes that happens to me when I bake frozen balls of dough, or possibly if you chilled them as scoops and the exterior dried out? I wish I could be more helpful.

Unknown

Thursday 31st of October 2019

These were a huge hit with my coworkers! Brought them in for a Halloween treat and people couldn't stop telling me how tasty they were. :)

Carlee

Monday 4th of November 2019

Yay! I am so glad everyone liked them, thanks for letting me know! <3

Carlee

Thursday 7th of December 2017

Yay! I hope you love them!

Joanne

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

These sound tasty!

Carlee

Monday 4th of December 2017

Thank you!

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