Simple and elegant maple cinnamon star cookies are dunked in white chocolate and adorned with gold sprinkles and stars. To my favorite, easy sugar cookie recipe you’ll add maple extract and cinnamon for incredible flavor.
Why You’ll Love These Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies
Like my Christmas sugar cookies, 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, edible glitter stars, and white chocolate and we’ve got a sugar cookie putting many others to shame. You’ll love these cookies and here’s why:
- Elegant and festive
- Lots of warm cinnamon spice with sweet maple flavor
- Perfect for celebrations of any kind like holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays
- They’re extra special sugar cookies dressed up with maple, cinnamon, and white chocolate
- Really easy to decorate– just a simple dunk into white chocolate, no messing with royal icing
- Fun to make!
How to Make Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies
- Make cookie dough. With so few ingredients, it’s important that you follow the recipe closely. Creamed butter and sugar provide the base of the cookie dough. Egg is the cookie’s structure, while maple and vanilla extracts add flavor. Flour is an obvious addition, baking powder adds lift, salt balances the sweet, and cinnamon gives us cinnamon cookies. So many *little ingredients* doing *big jobs* to create a perfect cookie. By the way, I also make chocolate sugar cookies too!
- Divide in two pieces. Smaller sections of dough are easier to roll out.
- Roll out cookie dough. Roll it out to 1/4 inch thick or just under 1/4 inch thick. If you have difficulty evenly rolling out dough, try this adjustable rolling pin. Speaking from experience– it’s incredibly handy!
- Chill rolled out cookie dough. Without chilling, these cookie cutter sugar cookies won’t hold their shape. Chill the rolled out cookie dough for at least 1-2 hours and up to 2 days.
- Cut into stars & add gold sprinkles. Use a spoon to press the sprinkles into the cookies so they stay secure on top.
- Bake & cool. The cookies take about 11-12 minutes to bake.
- Dunk in white chocolate. Dip the cooled cookies into the white chocolate and allow chocolate to set completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Have a little flour nearby when you’re rolling out the cookie dough. Keep your work surface, hands, and rolling pin lightly floured. This is a relatively soft dough.
The Order of Steps is Important
Notice how I roll out the dough BEFORE chilling it in the refrigerator? That’s my trick and you can see me doing it in my sugar cookies video tutorial.
Let me explain why I do this. To prevent the cookies from over-spreading, the cookie dough must chill in the refrigerator. Roll out the dough right after you prepare it, then chill the rolled-out dough. (At this point the dough is too soft to cut into shapes.) Don’t chill the cookie dough and then try to roll it out because it will be too cold and difficult to work with. I divide the dough in half before rolling it out and highly recommend you do the same. Smaller sections of dough are simply more manageable.
Another trick! Roll out the cookie dough directly on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper so you can easily transfer it to the refrigerator. Pick it up, put it on a baking sheet, and place it in the refrigerator. If you don’t have enough room for two baking sheets in your refrigerator, stack the pieces of rolled out dough on top of each other.
Beautiful maple cinnamon stars! (Similar 3-inch star cookie cutter found here on Amazon.)
Maple Cinnamon Star Cookie Decorations
What makes these star cookies so impressive is the simplicity of the decorations. The flavors and beauty of each can truly shine with simple garnishes. Here are a few ideas for maple cinnamon star cookie decorations:
- White Chocolate: Instead of decorating with traditional royal icing, give the maple cinnamon sugar cookies a dunk into white chocolate. For best taste and texture, I strongly recommend using pure white chocolate, not white chocolate chips. It’s usually sold in 4 ounce bars in the baking aisle. I love Ghirardelli, Bakers, or Nestle brands.
- Dark Chocolate: Try a drizzle of dark chocolate! The flavors pair wonderfully together.
- Gold Sprinkles: I love this simple gold sparkly sugar and this gold sprinkle mix. Press the sprinkles down into the cookies before baking. Just use the back of a spoon. This helps the sprinkles stick.
- Gold Stars: How CUTE are these edible gold glitter stars?! Add the edible glitter stars after pressing the other sprinkles down. I don’t suggest doing this *before* pressing the others down because the stars will stick to your spoon instead of the cookie.
One Last Success Tip
Use maple extract– 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. Maple extract is incredibly powerful and a little goes a long way. We’d need a few Tablespoons of pure maple syrup to achieve the same flavor that only 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of maple extract has. This larger amount of pure syrup would radically change the sugar cookie dough, as there would be too much liquid. We could add more flour to make up for it, but the cookies would be dry. It’s frustrating! To avoid all this, use the maple flavoring. (I use it in my maple brown sugar cookies, too!)
Flavorful maple cinnamon star cookies are made from a basic and easy sugar cookie dough. Dunk in white chocolate for an extra special treat!
- 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 extract*
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- gold sprinkles and/or edible glitter stars
- optional: 8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
- Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 1-2 hours 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.
- 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.
- Before baking, top with sprinkles. Use a spoon to press the sprinkles into the cookies so they stay secure on top.
- 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.
- 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.
- Freezing Instructions: Baked cookies (without white chocolate) freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature. You can also freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months before rolling it out. Prepare the dough through step 3, divide in half, flatten both halves into a disk as we do with pie crust, wrap each in plastic wrap, then freeze. To thaw, thaw the disks in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature for about 1 hour. Roll out the dough as directed in step 4, then chill as directed for 1 hour.
- Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Rolling Pin, Baking Sheet, Silpat Baking Mat, Star Cookie Cutter, Gold Sugar, Gold Sprinkle Mix, and Edible Gold Stars
- Maple Flavor: I used McCormick brand maple flavor found in the baking aisle with the flavor extracts and seasonings. Do not use real maple syrup– see post for details.
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