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Maple syrup doesn't last long in my house. I like to "put it in my oatmeal" which, as a roommate once pointed out, means I'm actually floating an oatmeal island in a vast syrupy sea. When I learned about Grade B maple syrup I thought, "Well, here's my solution! If I have a more intensely flavored maple syrup, I'll use less of it." Ah, the sweet naiveté of youth...
Yes, I'm still independently supporting the small farmers of Vermont. But Grade B maple syrup has been a revelation for other reasons—namely baking. The intense flavor ensures that your baked goods, like these cookies, actually taste like maple.
These cookies are thin and chewy and sweet. I added ginger and cinnamon to round out the maple flavor, though the maple is still featured. In my opinion, these are just the type of treat you want to gobble up on an autumn afternoon. And if you're into food-scented candles (I see them everywhere, someone has to be), then take note: baking these cookies makes your house smell like pancakes in the best possible way.