Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies

Flavorful maple cinnamon star cookies using a basic and easy sugar cookie dough! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The final stretch! We’ve hit recipe #9 in the 2016 cookie palooza. Have you stocked up on butter and sprinkles? Is your mixer tired of running? Is all the sugar making you see stars?

Yes to all of the above.

Flavorful maple cinnamon star cookies using a basic and easy sugar cookie dough! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Remember when we chatted about sugar cookies yesterday? How they’re fun and wonderful and awesome and festive but sometimes BIG flavor is all we want? Sugar cookies are fabulous, but adding an extra level of flavor changes everything. For the better! Brown butter sugar cookies, anyone?

Today’s sugar cookie recipe is cookie cutter style. We’ll roll the dough out and cut into adorable stars. What makes these stars unique are the flavors mingling inside.

Cinnamon √

Maple √

Combine these two powerhouse flavors with shimmering gold sprinkles and edible glitter stars (EDIBLE GLITTER, EVERYONE) plus some white chocolate because why the heck not? and we’ve got a sugar cookie putting many others to shame.

Flavorful maple cinnamon star cookies using a basic and easy sugar cookie dough! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s start with my basic sugar cookie.

I have sugar cookie tips for you!

1)  Use maple flavoring– not pure maple syrup. While I typically reach for the latter in my baking, sugar cookie dough is notoriously picky when it comes to add-ins. To get the same amount of flavor that 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of maple flavoring extract has, we’d need a few Tablespoons of the pure syrup. This will radically change your sugar cookie dough as there is now too much liquid. Then we could add more flour to make up for it, but our cookies would be dry. It’s frustrating! To avoid all this, use the flavoring. I love playing around with different extracts to give sugar cookies lots of flavor.

We’re also adding 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Look at the cinnamon swirls! ↓

2) Roll out your sugar cookie dough onto silicone baking mats. So easy. The mats won’t slide around.

Maple cinnamon star cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

3) Chill the rolled out dough. Refrigerating the dough is the most important step and ensures the cookies will hold their shape. After chilling the rolled out dough, you can cut into shapes and re-roll any scraps on the counter. If the dough scraps get too warm as you are re-rolling them, refrigerate until cold again.

Maple cinnamon star cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Beautiful maple cinnamon stars! (Similar 3-inch star cookie cutter found here on Amazon.)

Maple cinnamon star cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Back to my tips! Ok so tip #4 is to press the sprinkles down into the cookies before baking. Just use the back of a spoon. This helps the sprinkles stick. After pressing the other sprinkles down, you can add the edible glitter stars. I don’t suggest doing this *before* pressing the others down because the stars will stick to your spoon instead of the cookie.

Maple cinnamon star cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

5) Smell the cookies as they bake. Ok so that’s not really a tip as much as something you’re going to do anyway, but oh my gosh. These cookies. I wish you could smell them through the screen! They easily take home the award for best smelling (lol). But seriously, my hands smelled like pancakes and the cookies smelled and tasted like maple cinnamon rolls.

All is right in the world when cookies remind you of cinnamon rolls.

Last tip. Give them a dunk into white chocolate. You won’t regret this.

Flavorful maple cinnamon star cookies using a basic and easy sugar cookie dough! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Aren’t these so pretty? I’m taking another batch to a holiday party this weekend to show ’em off. Maple cinnamon star cookies, everyone! Enjoy.

PS: I have a giveaway for a KitchenAid stand mixer happening right now! Only 3 days left to enter 🙂

Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons maple extract1
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • gold sprinkles and/or edible glitter sprinkles
  • optional: 8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, maple extract, and vanilla extract then beat on high until fully combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. Turn the mixer down to low and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just barely combined. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until just combined. If the dough still seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment (or a silicone baking mat, what I prefer!) to about 1/4″ thickness. Stack the pieces, with parchment paper between the two, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Chilling is mandatory. If chilling for more than a couple hours, cover the top dough piece with a single piece of parchment paper.
  5. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut into star shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.
  6. Before baking, top with sprinkles. Use a spoon to press the sprinkles into the cookies so they stay secure on top.
  7. Bake for 10-11 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before dipping into chocolate.
  8. If using, melt the chopped white chocolate in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each until completely melted. Dip the cookies into the white chocolate and allow chocolate to set completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Make ahead tip: Baked cookies (without chocolate) freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. You can chill the cookie dough for up to 2 days (step 4). You can also freeze the cookie dough before rolling for up to 3 months. Then allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature for about 1 hour. Then roll and continue with the recipe as directed.

Recipe Notes:

  1. I used McCormick brand imitation maple flavor. Sold in the baking aisle with the flavor extracts and seasonings. Do not use real maple syrup-- see post for details.

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Flavorful maple cinnamon star cookies using a basic and easy sugar cookie dough! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Comments

  1. Elly on December 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    omg…so good..can’t stop eating them!! love from Mtl

    • Sally on December 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      They are so addicting! Glad you like them 🙂

  2. Emma on December 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Help.  I can not find maple flavor/ extract .  I live Queens NY. 

  3. Janice M. on December 14, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I am making them right now. I tasted the dough before I baked them and I am not really tasting the maple flavour. I used Clubhouse brand imitation. I even add a bit more. Does it come out more when they are baked? Don’t get me wrong they are super tasty still!

    • Sally on December 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      The maple is so potent when I use McCormick, especially in the dough! I wonder if it is the brand you are using? Do you like how they taste baked? You can always add more extract next time.

  4. Robyn on December 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I am so excited to make this, have my dough chilling in the fridge right now. Your recipes are phenomenal! I have a question, and since you are the baking guru, thought I’d see what you think. I just recently purchased a large baking sheet (15 x 21 inches) — do you know if it’s okay to try to bake all of the cookies on the sheet at once? Or is it better done in small batches?

    Thanks a million. Can’t wait to watch my family enjoy your delicious recipes 🙂

    • Sally on December 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Robyn! I would bake as many as you can fit onto the sheet. Perhaps 15 at once?

  5. Elizabeth on December 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    These look great!! I’m making them right now! What type of white chocolate did you use? Do you think a Ghirardelli white chocolate baking bar would work? Thanks!

    • Sally on December 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      That’s the kind I always use!

  6. London on January 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    SALLLEEE! I made these cookies to ship (using your shipping method too, you doll) and they were a big hit with KIDS. They loved the star shape, the flavor, the sprinkles – EVERY. THING.

    Great recipe and to anyone considering baking up these beauties: LISTEN TO SALLY AND ROTATE THE BAKING SHEET. It’s important or you’ll end up with charred star tips.

    • Sally on January 4, 2017 at 7:23 am

      I didn’t get to make a batch of these when my cousin and her kids were in town visiting, so I’ve been unsure if these are a hit with young ones! Thanks for reporting back!!

  7. chamila on January 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I also confirm these cookies are companions to kids. Mine had them as dinner as I made them prior to dinner and so they couldn’t resist eating them one after the other and weren’t hungry anymore.

    I also added that I used dark brown sugar which turned out excellent. 

    Other great things about these cookies: 

    1. I left the dough to chill for a week almost as just got busy and they were still good to handle and baked well.

    2. These cookies stored excellently well in a tight glass jar for 3 weeks on the table. And note that everyday my little ones would open it and taste one. Despite this, on the 5th of Jan 2017 my guests found the biscuits so fresh and crisp that nobody could believe it was done before Xmas. I had a big batch indeed because the 1st time I made them,they were gone within hours.

    3. I live on a tropical island but cookies all the time turn moist even in tight jars. So I don’t know how come these ones matured really well and still looked and tasted freshly made .

    Thanks Sally. It’s a winner recipe! 

    • Sally on January 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you so much for reporting back and all of these notes! I’m going to try dark brown sugar the next time I make them.

  8. Kessa on July 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I just made these tonight. They were so good. My two year old loved them and my husband could smell the maple and cinnamon as soon as he walked in the door. I did add some maple syrup to the white chocolate. Yum!
    Another Sally’s Baking Addiction hit in my household.

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Kessa, I LOVE the smell of these cookies baking! Glad you all enjoyed them!

  9. Eliza on October 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Could you use this recipe in a cookie press? 

    • Sally on October 9, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Unfortunately, no. The dough isn’t suitable. If you have a copy of my new cookie cookbook, I have my favorite spritz/cookie press recipe in there.

  10. Liz on December 8, 2017 at 9:42 am

    These look and sound so delish! I ‘m in NJ and I am having the hardest time finding pure maple extract – especially McCormick! I looked at 4 different grocery stores and online. All I find is imitation. Any suggestions?? Please help 🙁

    • Sally on December 8, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      That is so frustrating! I buy McCormick brand imitation maple flavor and I find it in the baking aisle in my regular grocery store. I did just look and saw it on Amazon but it’s pretty expensive on there!

  11. Marzia on December 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Hi Sally,

    I really cant find Maple extract. What can I use instead?

    Thanks

    • Sally on December 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Any flavor you like best– you can use vanilla in its place (also leaving the vanilla already called for in the recipe) or another flavor extract. Orange would be great, peppermint extract, rum extract is yummy, butter extract, etc.

  12. Grant on December 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Made these for a party and a friend told me they were the best cookies she’s ever eaten in her life. I’m not normally a sugar cookie fan but I was a fan of these, too!

  13. Rochelle on December 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    My daughter has a life threatening allergy to cinnamon (anaphylactic). What can I sub for it or should I simply leave it out?

    • Sally on December 27, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Hi Rochelle! You can simply leave the cinnamon out.

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