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Maple Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Yields1 Serving

 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
 1 large egg
 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tsp. cinnamon
 1/4 tsp. allspice
 1/2 tsp. baking soda
 1/4 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and ginger.


In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda and salt; add to the butter mixture and beat on low speed or stir by hand until you have a soft dough. Divide the dough into 3 pieces, wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or up to a day.


When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. On a well-floured surface, roll the dough out 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes and bake on a parchment-lined sheet for 10 minutes, or until pale golden. Cool completely before decorating.