Maple Leaf Cookies with Caramel Drizzle

I made this leaf cookie cutter last year and never got around to using it. So I went for it and made maple leaf sugar cookies for our United Way Bake Sale at work. Normally I only make sugar cookies for Christmas time and frost them with buttercream. I think I changed my mind though, they can be all the time cookies. These cuties drizzles with salted caramel were divine!
Maple Leaf Sugar Cookies:
2/3 cup butter; room temp
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 egg
4 tsp milk
2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1   cream butter and sugar together
2   then is in vanilla and milk. Beat until fluffy
3   add in dry ingredients and beat until creamy
4   divide dough in half and wrap each in plastic wrap. Let set in fridge for about an hour, up to overnight
5   preheat oven to 375 degrees F. generously flour work surface and roll out on of the balls of dough to about 1/8” thick
6   dip cookie cutters in flour and cut out the shapes, place each on a greased baking sheet
7   gather remaining dough into a ball, roll out again, cut shapes, repeat until all dough is gone. Then repeat with the other ball of dough.
8   As the cookie sheets fill up bake each for 8-10 minutes, edges should not get brown
salted caramel topping:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup heavy cream
generous pinch of sea salt
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
1   in a saucepan add 1/2 cup + 2 tbs sugar and the water, heat over medium heat until it
boils, stir occassionally
2   then with a pastry brush, or paper towel, wet down the sides of the saucepan so that
sugar doesn't crystalize on it
3   Stop stirring and let it sit until it turns dark amber, you can gently swirl it a few times
4   then remove from heat and stir in the cream, it will bubble
5   then stir in the sea salt and vanilla, let cool
6   drizzle or pour the caramel over the cookies



Joshua messaged me the other day saying he's getting us tickets to an acoustic show that night. I love when that happens, we just have a free night and one of us comes up with something fun to go do together randomly. I pulled up my end by grabbing sushi on the way home, which we ate at our favorite brewery nearby and then walked over to the show. Trampled by Turtles front man was playing and it was the perfect weeknight show.

Then the next weekend Jamestown Revival was playing, currently my favorite band. Joshua snagged tickets and we headed to the u-district. Since we used to live there it was fun to go back and reminisce. We ate at our favorite thai place, drank $4 margaritas at Flowers and headed to the Neptune. It was shocking that Jamestown Revival wasn't the headliner because they were spectacular! Sound better in person, I love the awkward dance moves & giant hats, only makes us want to be cowboys even more. So many people there had cowboy hats, I may have to get one of those on Joshua. The headliner was okay so we mostly people watched and chatted, then we bused back home in the rain.