2sticks(1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2cupmaple sugarpacked (substitute light brown or granulated if you like)
1/2tsppure maple extractif you can't find, use almond extract
1 3/4cupsall purpose flour
1cupfinely chopped walnuts plus more for topping
about 5 Tbsp pure maple syrupnot imitation
Cream the butter and the sugar together.
Beat in the extract.
Whisk together the flour and cornstarch. Blend them into the butter and sugar, until it forms a dough.
Stir in the walnuts and make sure you get them well distributed in the dough.
Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper and form it into a log, about 9 or 10 inches long. Wrap it in the plastic and smooth it into a uniform smooth shape, twisting the ends to secure.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours.
Set oven to 350F
Slice the dough into 1/4 - 1/3 inch slices and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Thinner slices will bake up crispier, and thicker ones will be more buttery and soft.
Bake for about 12 minutes. The cookies will still be pale and soft, but will firm up as they cool.
Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then cool completely on a rack.
Make the frosting by whisking the sugar with enough maple syrup to form a spreadable frosting. If it is too thick, add a bit more syrup, and if it becomes too think add more sugar. Spread a layer on each cooled cookie and dust with crushed walnuts. The frosting will harden as it dries.
Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 184kcal
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/maple-walnut-shortbread-cookies-recipe/ November 24, 2017