Delicious fall cookie treat. These maple cookie bars are soft, moist and slathered with maple and cinnamon flavored buttercream frosting.
My little man and I did some baking this weekend. I was actually a little taken back by his ambition to bake. He wanted cookies and he helped me every step of the way. He actually helped me a little too much…
First, we made cookie dough and baked the cookie part of these bars. Then, I let the pan sit there while it cooled completely and laid out some of the ingredients for frosting. I was letting butter get to room temperature and pulled out a bag of powder sugar. While everything was cooling (and warming up), I decided to go fold some laundry and take a shower. I came back into the kitchen about an hour later and noticed that butter and sugar were missing. Dun dun duuuun….
I looked around, I asked hubs, and nothing, it was just gone. Then, I looked over at the counter where the cookie bar base was cooling and noticed powder sugar around my mixer. I looked into the mixer and sure enough, butter was in the mixer, somewhat mixed with powder sugar and an empty sugar bag next to it. Oy!
Apparently, little man took it upon himself to make the frosting. Luckily, this moment was considered adorable because I had just enough powder sugar left in the bag to use for this recipe so the ingredients were not wasted. The only thing is, I had to beat the heck out of the butter because there is a reason why you should cream butter first and sift in powder sugar…lumps. But all was good because frosting was extra smooth and silky.
Frosted Maple Cookie Bars
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 1/2 tsp maple extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar for a couple of minutes on medium-high speed.
- Add egg and vanilla and beat until mixed. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Beat in maple syrup.
- Turn off and sift in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix ingredients on low speed until just combined. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl and mix a couple more times.
- Spread cookie batter in the baking dish, evenly.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Take out and let it cool completely before frosting.
- Beat butter on medium-high speed for a couple of minutes.
- Turn off the mixer and sift in powder sugar and cinnamon. Start mixing on low until sugar is incorporated. Beat on high for a couple more minutes.
- Drizzle in maple syrup and vanilla extract while mixing and beat for about 30 more seconds. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for a few more seconds.
- Once cookie is completely cooled, evenly spread the frosting on top.
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