Maple Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Crisp, buttery, maple-flavored shortbread cookies, sandwiched around rich maple syrup cream filling — it simply doesn't get any better for all of you maple lovers out there. This recipe, courtesy of King Arthur Flour employee-owner Melanie Wanders, was the runner-up entry in our 2014 "Crunch Time: The Great King Arthur Flour Cookie Challenge," a fund-raising event for our local medical center.

Prep
30 mins
Bake
22 to 25 mins
Total
1 hr 52 mins
Yield
18 medium (2") sandwich cookies
Maple Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, salt, sugars, and maple flavor.

  2. Add the flour and mix just until the dough comes together. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. The dough can chill longer than 30 minutes, but if it does, allow about 15 minutes for it to warm a bit and soften before rolling it out.

  3. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough about 1/8" thick.

  5. Use a cutter to cut the dough into shapes — leaves, stars, hearts, circles, your choice. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until they're beginning to brown a bit. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the pan.

  7. To make the filling: Mix together all of the filling ingredients except the milk, stirring until smooth. If the filling isn't spreadable, add a bit of the milk to soften its texture.

  8. Spread the bottom of half the cookies with filling; if you have a scale, about 14g (1/2 ounce) is a good amount for each. Top with the remaining cookies.

  9. Store cookies, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.