Maple Rum-Raisin Cookies


Finally! A health food cookie! Yes, it is, too! I’m using whole wheat flour and everything! Okay, these cookies aren’t exactly health food, but they are close enough. For cookies. The pure maple syrup is divine–do not substitute. Use pure maple syrup only. Add raisins soaked in rum and pecans, and these cookies taste like autumn in a bite. And after the heat we’ve had the past several weeks, I’m ready for fall. (You?)

These cookies make me feel like I’m already there.

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How to make Maple Rum-Raisin Cookies:

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup pure maple syrup
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup raisins, soaked in rum*
natural sugar

*If you’re opposed to cooking with alcohol, you can replace the rum with water.

Place raisins in a small saucepan with just enough rum to cover them. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover with a lid, and let sit for 30 minutes.

Let ’em get good and drunk.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter briefly then add brown sugar; beat again. Add maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla.
Beat well. The mixture will look kinda curdled–that’s okay. Spoon in half the flour mixture; beat. Stir the remaining flour in with a spoon. Add (drained) raisins and pecans.
Place bowl in the fridge for two hours to chill, or place in the freezer for about 30-45 minutes. Make dough into balls and roll in natural sugar.
Place cookie balls on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350-degrees for about 10 minutes.

Let cool.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on August 30, 2009  

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  1. 8-30

    Oh my Miss Suzanne! You have done it again!

  2. 8-30

    Oh my! These will have to be made soon! I made the Old-Fashioned Pound Cake with Chocolate Glaze yesterday and it is so-o-o delicious. We had company over for dinner, thankfully I fixed grilled chicken salad for dinner so the cake wasn’t too much for dessert :hungry2: Thanks for the recipes (and my bigger hips!)

  3. 8-30

    You’re too evil! I have chocolate chips (dark Ghiradelli) and cherry flavored dried cranberries in there calling to me… bake bake bake, but I’m resisting hard. I wish I lived in West Virginia near you. I would be even fatter but you would make me work hard in the garden and I would be thinner! Even with these cookies…YOU are the devil sometimes…

  4. 8-30

    Yum! Yum! Jodie in Texas, dried cranberries in these cookies would be good! I’ve never used maple syrup in cookies. I’m going to have to try these. Thanks Suzanne.

  5. 8-31

    They look delicious!

  6. 12-31

    I’d bake these now if it weren’t freezing in my kitchen.

  7. 11-28

    I would love to make these cookies! Could you please tell me what kind of rum I should use. I know nothing about rum. Thank you. They look so good!

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