Spiced Chocolate Maple Leaf Cookies

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When I started blogging, my friend Lynne gave me a handmade cookie cutter in the shape of a maple leaf to celebrate the blog and my Canadian heritage.  I have been waiting for fall to create something with the cookie cutter.  When walking recently in the beautiful Chanticleer gardens near home, I was wishfully admiring the lotus seed pods in the pond.  I was told  the way to the seed pods was through the gardener’s sweet tooth!  So you know who got a basket of these cookies!  Fall themed cookies, perfect for a plantsman and for care packages to my college sons!

This sweet is essentially a chocolate molasses cookie.  The cookie dough is made with cocoa which is high in anti-oxidants and is getting a lot of buzz as helping reduce inflammation in the brain, improving memory,  fighting cancer  and benefiting heart health.  Dr.  Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC has recommended adding unsweetened cocoa to your morning coffee as  easy preventive medicine to fight inflammation in the brain which can lead to cognitive decline. So go ahead and indulge in these cookies for fall entertaining knowing there is something good for your health in them.  Keep fall spicy!

SPICED CHOCOLATE MAPLE LEAF COOKIES

  • Servings: 2 1/2 dozen
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 (Adapted from Country Living)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate powder, additional for rolling dough
  • 1/2 t ground cardamom
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t fine sea salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c unsulphured molasses
  • colored sanding sugar available in the baking section of the supermarket

Method:

1- Preheat oven to 325F.   In a large bowl combine the first 7 ingredients and set aside.

2-  Cream sugar and butter in another bowl, add egg, and mix until fluffy.  Add molasses until combined.  Add dry mixture gradually and mix until just combined.

3-  Divide dough in 2 balls.  Wrap and chill for an hour.

4-  On a cocoa dusted counter, roll out dough to a 3/8 inch thickness and cut out your desired shape.  Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Bake at 325 F for about 12 minutes in center of oven.

5-  Cool on a wire rack.  Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wet the surface slightly and sprinkle with decorative colored sanding sugar. I used fall colors for mine.

Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you will get about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

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To deliver my sweet bribe I wrapped the cookies in cellophane tied with ribbon in fall colors. I nestled the cookies in a birch bark box filled with shredded paper. I made a tag using corrugated cardboard that I traced with the cookie cutter, cut out and then outlined in rust marker.

To deliver my sweet bribe I wrapped the cookies in cellophane tied with ribbon in fall colors. I nestled the cookies in a birch bark box filled with shredded paper. I made a tag using corrugated cardboard that I traced with the cookie cutter, cut out and then outlined in rust marker.  An offering befitting the recipient!

Some of the lotus pods I hope will soon be mine from the much admired pond at Chanticleer Gardens

Some of the lotus pods I hope will soon be mine from the much admired pond at Chanticleer Gardens

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”  John Burroughs

Happy fall baking!

 

28 thoughts on “Spiced Chocolate Maple Leaf Cookies

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  2. I knew you would do me proud with the cookie cutter. Wow, the colorsi are so perfect, and the packaging is just perfect. You timed it for the first day of Fall, didn’t you?

    • I should have saved some for you Lynne but you were away and I was leaving! Glad you liked the final product. They were fun and very popular! Thanks again for inspiring this post! 🙂 xo

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  3. Your cookies look so sweet! (No pun intended!) What a fun shape, and you did a really terrific job of decorating them!

    I’m not much of a chocolate lover, but to dodge Old Uncle Alz, I suppose I could stand a bit in my coffee. My Dad died of complications due to Alzheimer’s, and the disease runs rampant on his side of the family. I’m up for fighting it off by any means necessary!!!

    • The flavanoids are in red wine too:) hopefully we will make progress in understanding this terrible disease and find a cure Alycia. Have you read The Madonnas of Leningrad? Poignant story with A at its core.

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  5. Hi Johanne! Your cookies are just gorgeous! And they sound so delicious! I think that this is the perfect contribution to a cozy fall Fiesta Friday. From one Canadian to another, thanks so much for bringing them to FF! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 😀

    • Thank you Juliana and well done leading us on Fiesta Friday! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you. Last year I was on my way to Toronto today with a stop at the McMichael Collection. Staying home in PA this year:(

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