It was my birthday earlier this week. It was smushed in between two trips to New York (Hugh has a wedding in Brooklyn this weekend), just after Mother's Day, the same week as my nieces birthday and nearly every female on my mom's side. I worked at Trader's most of the day and we had an excellent dinner in LA at Baco Mercat. I didn't need a bunch of celebration this year, there has been plenty going on and I just wanted to take account for the last 29 years. It kind of snuck up on me. My "twenties" have been abundant in experience - so many milestones and lessons and challenges and rewards and love and growth have been a part of this decade. I know I still have a year left, and not for a second do I believe my life is dramatically changing at the turn of a number, but still, there's only one year left! It has been so quick - but not - and somehow completely sufficient. I probably say this every birthday, but time fascinates me. How change is so sweeping in retrospect, but most of the time, you don't even notice the evolution of it.

These cookies actually don't have the slightest thing to do with my birthday but they need to be shared and we are celebrating. Ashley makes incredible cookies, and when I want to play around with a cookie combination or in this case, add something for my maple-loving husband, I use her recipe as a base and go from there. You really must try the original, but with the little bits of oats, tenderness from almond meal and the gentlest nudge of maple, I think I am calling this the "house cookie." I picked up some Valrhona feves, saving them for cooking glory, and they make the most gorgeous streaks through the cookies once baked. If you do try them, and even if you make a change of your own, just stay close to the oven. There is a time and place for a crispy cookie, but these babes are best consumed warm and just barely underdone.

PS. If you are in New York City this weekend, we will be at Posman Books in Chelsea Market on Sunday around 1pm signing cookbooks. It isn't an organized event, but we're signing their stock while in town so stop by and say hi if you'd like!

MAPLED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES // Makes 18 small cookies

An adaptation of Not Without Salt's Almond Chocolate Chip Flax Cookies

Don't going searching high and low for chocolate feves, but I will say that they melt gorgeously in the dough. A chopped up bar of good-quality chocolate should work too.

If you need the cookies to be free of the glutens, a GF blend will work in place of the ww flour. Ashley's original gives you the option without the egg. I know maple extract isn't a pantry staple, but it's pretty fantastic and makes these cookies have a carmely-maple hint. This batch was made with maple flakes as well if you prefer a crunchy bit along with or instead of extract.

  • 1 stick/ 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup muscavado sugar
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 3 T. maple flakes (optional)
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • heaping 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips/chopped chocolate

Heat the oven to 350'.

Cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg, sea salt, vanilla and maple extracts and mix again to combine well.

In another bowl, mix the almond meal, oats, white whole wheat flour, pinch of cinnamon and baking soda together. Add the dry to the wet mixture and stir until almost combined, being careful not to overmix. Add the chopped chocolate and give it one more stir to combine. Allow the mixture to chill for at least 20 minutes, or covered overnight. 

Place your cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet or silpat, leaving space between for them to spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through, until the centers are barely set. They will appear underdone, this is good. Allow them to cool and enjoy. 

Reader Comments (63)

These look so good! I love a chewy choco chip cookie!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

mmmmm best cookies ever

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShanna

Any tips for using maple syrup in this recipe instead of maple extract/flakes?

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

i love the perfectly imperfect shape of these cookies. chocolate and have i never thought of combining that into a cookie? these look great.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan O

I would never have thought to put the two flavors together, but chocolate and maple work! Great cookies!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLoren B

The last picture is to die for! I love maple flavored anything. :)

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May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane @ Vintage Zest

i've never tried the chocolate and maple combo before but it sounds tasty. i love chewy chocolate chip cookies too.

Happy belated!! These look smashing!

First of all, happy birthday! And these cookies look amazing- never used chocolate feves or maple flakes but I'll keep an eye out!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

These look awesome! Here in New England, we are always looking for new ideas on how to use maple syrup. Thank you so much and happy birthday!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDena

Happy birthday! These look and sound divine!

YUMMY! i love cookies! they make me so HAPPY!!!
will be trying these soon. not sure if i can find both of these sugars here (greece)
but i might try them with white and brown...

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertina

first of all, happy birthday! second, these cookies look and sound awesome. where does one purchase maple flakes? i would be interested in experimenting with them :)

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

These look really good! I love the almond, chocolate & maple combo. I want to make them this weekend! Happy Birthday!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace @ Earthy Feast

the original is one of my husbands favorites! will have to be trying this version soon, thanks!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermj

These li'l cuties are now on my w/end to-do list!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColette @ JFF!

Oh they look so good. And all the best for your next year ahead, it just get better :)

"mapled" is my new favourite word. I think we could all use a little more mapling in our lives ;)

Cookies made with chocolate feves > cookies made with chocolate chips, ALWAYS. Good call, lady ;)

Also, this has nothing to do with cookies but I've been craving falafel since your last post. Must make them sooooooon. And mapled chocolate chip cookies.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae

Ahhhh I LOVE maple + chocolate together! Delicious! :)

Look insane!

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Although I love chocolate chip cookies, I have not tried preparing or eating chocolate chip cookies with maple extract before. But I guess this will add unique twist to the usual chocolate chip cookies that I know. I am familiar with muscavado sugar but where will I get the turbinado sugar and maple flakes?

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynne McMillan

I've made (and loved) these cookies before. Ashley sure knows her stuff doesn't she? Love this maple version.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

I'm just gonna open my trap and let you start throwing these in it, coo?

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

I'm just gonna open my trap and let you start throwing these in it, coo?

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

@Lynne - turbinado is at any health food store or main stream market now. Its under the popular brand name Sugar in the Raw often, it is just the larger cane sugar crystals. I order maple flakes online, but have seen them at cooking stores, gourmet markets and Whole Foods.

May 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

All of my favorite things in cookie form...and cookie form is my favorite form! These cookies are on my list of recipes to try.

I might also adapt them according to the guidelines highlighted here:

The techniques in that linked recipe produce cookies of biblical proportions... I can't imagine how transcendent they would be with the flavor profile you created here!

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKyle @ the house red

Happy belated birthday, Sara! These cookies sound fantastic.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryne

Happy belated birthday, Sara! These cookies sound fantastic.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryne

ooo these would be a perfect bday present for me too ;)

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershan

Happy birthday, friend! 29 was a great year for me, and I am sure will be a great one for you, too :) I can't believe I'm quickly approaching 30. Here's to lots of cookies in the future! xo

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

These cookies look amazing! Thanks so much for posting and sharing this recipe. You did a great job laying the recipe out in an easy to follow way. Also, the pictures look fantastic! What type of camera are you using to take these? My camera comes no where close to this quality.

Happy belated birthday and enjoy New York City. Thanks for all that you do :).

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFoods4Health

How can pure maple syrup be substituted for the extract?

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

@Nicole - I knew someone would ask this :) I think it's worth a shot, but cant say I've tried. The flavor won't be as apparent. I would maybe take it up to a hefty Tbsp. and be sure it's a grade B, really flavorful maple.

May 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

This recipe sounds divine and the pictures are gorgeous. I love the combination of maple and chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

Whoa these look awesome! Love the detail in the photos, Hugh!

May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaimie

Happy Birthday, Sara! I recently turned 29 as well; funnily enough I find myself telling people I'm "almost 30", when asked... I'm finding myself pretty ready to step into the next decade... ;) These cookies look delicious!

wow! i love it!

May 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkarin

lovely! I'd like one or ten of these right now.

May 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercityhippyfarmgirl

Best cookies eve!!

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSHelly

We tried to come to Posman Books today to say hello in person, but we got there around 1:45 and I guess you guys had taken off already. Bummer! Anyway, I have been making many of the recipes from your book, and last night I made the Fennel Slaw and it was delightful. It's one I will make for years to come.

I've said things like this before in comments on your blog--and I wish I could have said this to you in person--thank you for being passionate about healthy, delicious food. It's life changing and so culturally necessary. Keep fighting the good fight!

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Boss

Happy belated Birthday! Your cookies looks super yummy! I've been without a proper kitchen for couple of months and I could barely cook so no baking was happening. It will take another month till I move into a new apartment with gorgeous kitchen and then I'm gonna bake these and many others for the welcome party. Thank you for the recipe! Hope you had a lovely Birthday xx

May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay Konecna

@Diana Boss - oh no! I am so sorry! It was packed in there and I wasn't seeing anyone else so we headed out to lunch. Sorry to have missed you and thank you so so much for the kind words!

May 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

Chocolate chip cookies are my happy pills and I think your version of it will make me the happiest person in the world. I will try this at my kitchen. Thank for the guide by the way belated happy birthday. :)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJarome

Lovely. I love that first photo, and the one of the maple syrup bottle. I can't wait to try these!
And, a book signing in Minneapolis? [maybe for your next book? :) ] Happy Birthday, and I hope you have some good resting in between all your travels. xo

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah

hope you had a wonderful birthday sara! these cookies look like the perfect thing to sandwich organic vanilla bean ice cream... the only way to have a cookie in the summer in my humble opinion ;)

Mmmmm, you had me at maple and dark chocolate! These cookies look divine!

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha @ Vignette

Hugh has such an eye for pattern and composition! And needless to say, these cookies look heavenly. I've only recently started baking with almond flour, and the only thing I regret is not having done so earlier. Thanks for sharing :)

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrina @ wandercrush

Thought of you yesterday when I saw a bumper sticker that said: "Love people. Cook them tasty food." : )

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Sweet heavens! Chewy chocolate chip cookies with maple! Thanks for the recipe. I will really try this. It looks good for bribing little kids to stay put on the couch. LOL

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendell Godwin

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