My friend Julieanne shared this yummy maple sugar cookie recipe with me. I tweaked it to use Rapadura and sprouted flour. We love the wonderful maple flavor, along with the nice crunchy outside and chewy center. Like many other cookies I make, I like to use sprouted flour for these reasons:
- sprouting the grain neutralizes the naturally-present phytic acid, which ensures maximum mineral absorption.
- no need to soak the flour overnight because the phytic acid is already neutralized – a make and bake cookie!
- sprouting grains increases the nutrition of the grain – for example, when wheat is sprouted, certain B vitamins and vitamin C levels go through the roof.
- sprouted grains digest like vegetables – this is really exciting if you’re trying to watch your carbs!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup Rapadura or Sucanat
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup, Grade B
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups sprouted spelt flour – here’s how to do it yourself
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream together the butter, Rapadura (or Sucanat), maple syrup, eggs and vanilla. Add all dry ingredients. Mix well.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Shape into two or three logs and roll each one up in natural waxed paper. They should be almost as long as the waxed paper is wide, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Chill once again, for at least 15 minutes.
Cut 1/4″ slices off a log, and place on parchment-paper lined baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown at the edges.
Transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool, or slide the parchment paper off the baking tray (with the cookies) onto a work surface.
Store tightly when cool. Enjoy!
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