Maple Donut Cookies are soft & pillowy donut-shaped cookies with a lovely maple glaze topping. Everything you love about maple donuts, only in cookie form!
Our family has always loved maple bars, so when I had the idea to make maple donut cookies, I was so exited to test the process out! I used my Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookie dough recipe because unlike other donut cookies, where you cut out donut shapes from traditional sugar cookie dough, I wanted these to really resemble donuts in taste and texture. The result? OMG! They’re incredible- maple bar lovers rejoice, because I’m about to introduce you to your new favorite cookie! They’re soft and pillowy, perfectly sweet cookies with a lovely soft maple glaze topping. Sprinkles are optional but super fun! Be sure to read my notes and watch the video. Maple Donut Cookies aren’t difficult to make, but the dough is a bit sticky, so I give tips on managing it better.
How to make sugar cookie dough
Making great sugar cookies begins with a great recipe and this one is fantastic. Gather your ingredients and start by adding the wet ingredients in the order shown in the recipe below. Then combine your dry ingredients and slowly work them into the butter mixture. Please don’t skip the next step- you MUST chill this dough! I recommend chilling it for at least an hour, as well as in between batches of cookies.
- 1/2 cup softened butter 1 stick
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP butter
- 2-4 TBSP milk
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBSP corn syrup or maple syrup
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Cream together butter and sugars for 1 minute. Add in egg, buttermilk and vanilla and mix again until smooth.
- Combine dry ingredients and add 1/2 to the mixing bowl. Mix, then add the other half. Dough will be softer and stickier than normal cookie dough. Cover and let cool in fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spray cookie scoop and your hands lightly with non-stick spray. Scoop out about 1.5 to 2 TBSP of cookie dough into your hand. Roll dough into a ball and gently flatten the ball until it's about 1/2" thick. You can shape the cookie dough into donuts in one of two ways. Method 1) Use a small round biscuit cutter to punch a hole in the center of the flattened dough. Place the donut hole back into the mixing bowl to be used for more cookies. This method is easier when you spray the biscuit cutter with non-stick spray first. Method 2) Press the top and bottom center of the flattened dough with your thumb and forefinger until you create a hole. Use your hands to pull the hole open wider, until it's about 2-2.5" wide. Place shaped donut cookies on the parchment lined cookie sheet, repeating process until you have 6-8 cookies on your sheet.
- Place mixing bowl with remaining dough back in the fridge or freezer. Bake for 9-10 minutes and let cool for an additional 2 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- To make MAPLE GLAZE: In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Whisk in milk and heat for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring often, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add in corn syrup and maple extract. Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, whisking until smooth between additions. Add 1-2 tsp more milk if necessary. Glaze will begin to harden as it cools, so keep maple glaze warm on the stove, whisking occasionally. To make in the microwave, combine 2 TBSP milk and butter in a small mixing bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Add in brown sugar, corn syrup and an additional 1 TBSP milk. Heat another 30 seconds in the microwave. Whisk until smooth. Add in maple extract and powdered sugar until a smooth, dippable consistency is reached. Add in more milk if needed.
- Dip the top round face of each cooled donut cookie in warm maple glaze. Sprinkle with fall-themed sprinkles immediately, if desired. Cool to set. Cookies can be stacked once cooled. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
In a family of 7, you can guess how difficult it is to find an activity everyone enjoys. Even if we all agree on something, it seems like someone is always disagreeable for whatever reason. This summer it was so fun finding those amusement park rides that everyone wanted to go on. This is one of them! We got a bit wet and my youngest wasn’t too thrilled at the fast downhill, but here we are all smiles beforehand, and we were still all smiles afterwards. Even months later they’re still talking about this ride. My mama heart is so happy during these kinds of experiences!