Maple Sugar House Cookies & Finding Home Farms

by | Nov 12, 2021 | Holiday, Recipes, Winter | 11 comments

Disclosure: This Maple Sugar House Cookie post is sponsored by Finding Home Farms.  I’ve known Laura of Finding Home Farms for years and I’m so pleased to officially partner with her family’s business.  As always, all words and opinions expressed are honest and my own.  There is a coupon code at the bottom of this post to help you save on your holiday shopping.

We need to rewind back to the very early days of blogging for this story.  Laura Putnam of Finding Home was one of my blogger peers.  We did blog-hops together and linky parties and met up at blog conferences.  We also were both vendors at the very first Chapel Market in Pike Road, AL.  Laura is actually standing directly behind me in this picture!

Chapel Market 2013 | Pike Road Alabama

(Oh man, what a crew!  I’m still in touch and friends with so many of these people.)

I even have her book!  It’s DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts.

At that first Chapel Market, I was introduced to Laura as more than a DIY Blogger.  I was introduced to her as a part of a family that has been making maple syrup in the Hudson Valley for four generations.  It was at Chapel Market that I got my first bottle of Finding Home Farms maple syrup.  I remember packing it carefully in bubble wrap that had been used to transport ironstone to the event.  I had never tried maple syrup that was actually tapped and bottled by someone I knew.  While it lasted, it was my “special syrup” that was not meant to be left in a puddle on the plate.  It was meant to be drizzled on and then completely sopped up with pancakes or waffles until the plate was clean.

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Over the years, I started seeing the Finding Home Farms brand popping up more and more.  I have been so impressed with Laura and her family and how they’ve grown and expanded not only their flagship maple syrup, but they’ve branched into soy candles, pancake & waffle mixes, jams, and more.  Their products are available at small gift shops all over, but also on Amazon and, most recently, Lands’ End!  Of course, you can find their full line of products on their online shop, too.

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I knew the Finding Home Farms syrup was yummy when I first tried it, but I really didn’t know why.  As long as it’s real maple syrup, it’s pretty much all the same, right?  Well, no!  After speaking with Laura in more depth about what makes their syrup different, she explained that it’s like wine.  We understand that different vineyards in different regions, run by different wine-makers, have different qualities.  The same is true of maple syrup.  And the Finding Home Farms maple syrup isn’t like the run-of-the-mill real maple syrup you get at the grocery store.  Yes, they are both real maple syrup, but the bottles you get at the grocery store (unless they are from a local farm) are the syrup from a bunch of farms all mixed together, which makes them lose their unique qualities.

Finding Home Farms is bottled by one family on one farm and has a flavor that is unique to the Hudson Valley in New York.  Laura describes it as “buttery.”

And, I have to insert that I love their branding and packaging.  It elevates the product even more and they are containers that can be reused, which I appreciate.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

The syrup is also certified organic.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

Of course, we’ll be putting this syrup over our pancakes each week for our usual weekend family pancake breakfast, but I decided to try making one of the maple syrup recipes on the Finding Home Farms website.  That just seemed more interesting!  You can find their recipes HERE.  Today, I am making the Finding Home Farms Maple Sugar House Cookies.  You can find the full recipe HERE.

Since the Maple Sugar House Cookie recipe is available on their site, I won’t put it here, too.  I will share a few tips and things I learned, though.  First of all, I had no idea there was maple extract!  It smells heavenly.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

(The Checked Kitchen Towel is from Finding Home Farms.)

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

I used to use rolls of parchment paper for baking, but I was recently introduced to parchment paper sheets and they are so much easier!  They fit perfectly on my cookie sheets without any tearing.  I couldn’t find the exact cookie sheets I have (because they are ancient), but I use flat airbake cookie sheets when making cookies.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

I use a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop to make sure the cookies are an even size.  This isn’t just helpful for portion control (and when you’re counting carbs for a T1D kid), but then the cookies will all be done at the same time.

When the maple sugar cookies were done, I slid the parchment right off the cookie sheet (with the cookies still on it) onto a wire cooling rack.  This will help stop the cooking process quicker than if the cookies sit on a hot cookie sheet.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

I like that this maple sugar house cookie recipe makes drop cookies instead of cookies you roll out and cut.  To me, these are just easier to whip out a few batches.  I got some white cookie icing in case I wanted to do some decorating.  I tried a bite without the icing and with, not knowing how sweet they would be.  I liked them both ways, but added a little drizzle of icing to dress them up.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

I used a little over 1/2 of the dough and made three batches of cookies.  I put the rest of the dough in the fridge to bake another couple of batches over the weekend.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

Let me tell you what I love about these particular maple sugar cookies…they have a lot of flavor!  Sugar cookies might be one of my least favorite cookies because they are typically just sweet.  But this recipe addresses that.  The 3/4 cup of maple syrup (and the maple extract) adds depth of flavor of the cookies.  Jeff and I agreed that they taste like a warm, buttered pancake.  Jeff “tried one” and ended up eating at least 10!  I ate a few myself, but he beat me.  They are just so small and fluffy and tasty that it was easy to do!

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

I don’t do a lot of cookie-baking (because then I’ll do way too much cookie-eating), but this Finding Farms Maple House Sugar Cookie recipe is going in the file to make for school Christmas concerts, cookie swaps, and to give as gifts.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

It would be fun to give a batch of the cookies along with a recipe card and a bottle of Finding Home Farms syrup.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

Speaking of gifts, there are so many wonderful gift ideas on the Finding Home Farms’ website.  Not only do they have their original organic maple syrup, but a coffee-infused maple syrup as well.  Jeff was very excited about that one!  He was sticking his finger in it as soon as I showed it to him.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

They have home, kitchen, and decorative items like this Farmhouse Mug…

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

And a whole collection of soy candles…

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

I love the Citrus & Clove Candle…

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

… and I’ve been burning the Woods Candle for a couple of days.

finding home farms maple syrup | maple sugar cookies | christmas gift ideas | miss mustard seed

Finding Home Farms is starting its Black Friday sales early so that all of the syrup, tasty treats, gifts, and goodies can arrive in plenty of time!

Spend $50, get 15% off.  Spend $75, get 20% off & free shipping.   Spend $100 and get 25% off and free shipping.  The last day of the sale is Sunday, November 14, 2021.

As a special deal for my readers, use code MARIAN25 to get 25% off any order total and get free shipping on orders over $65.

I hope you go to the Finding Home Farms website and poke around.  I think you’ll find something for several people on your list and you’ll be supporting a family business in the process.

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11 Comments

  1. Addie

    Oh…man…don’t load up these kind of posts when I am hungry for a sweet!!!
    Something I recently discovered doing……
    I use my toaster oven a TON. I don’t have or want a microwave….HATE ’em!!!! I use a square baking dish for reheating. I line it with parchment paper…..cheaper than foil and everything slides off perfectly. LOVE it!!!
    Wish I could sample those cookies!!!!

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  2. Elena M.

    As usual, my eyes are drawn to the things that are not part of the story! Where in the world did you find that little house that is a match box? It’s such a perfect detail in that picture of the woods candle. You find and have the most delicious collection of items for your picture set ups – of course you do, that’s your thing!!

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    • Debi

      I just received my order of Finding Homes syrup and pancake mixes, someone else had recommended it to me. I couldn’t believe how quickly they shipped! I purchased enough for two nice gift baskets and an extra bottle for me to try. I may just order again now using your coupon!!

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    • Betsy

      Elena, the match house is from Oldfield Anthology website. They are $4.00 a box. Marion mentioned this candle company awhile back and I’ve ordered many for gifts. The smell is wonderful no matter the scent. The quality is excellent too!

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  3. Jennifer W

    Oh, so great there’s a code just for us! Can’t wait to check it out! I’m excited to taste the difference of maple syrup from a true farm! Especially hearing that it’s buttery too! 😋😋

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  4. Ellette

    Just curious, did you use the butter flavored shortening when you made the cookies?

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    • Marian Parsons

      I didn’t. I just used plain shortening and they were great.

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  5. dayle golden

    In case you haven’t tried it, the best use for real maple syrup is not on pancakes, but as a topping for vanilla ice cream. Your welcome.

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  6. Sharon

    I love maple, will have to try this recipe. Did you know you can reuse parchment paper? I read it in a King Arthur blogpost. I just wipe off my parchment sheets after my cookie baking is done, with a damp paper towel, fold in quarters, and keep in a ziplock bag. I remember the blogpost said the KA bakers use parchment sheets until they were “ragged”. I might not use mine quite that long, but a KA 100 sheet supply lasts me for a long time.

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  7. Marie

    My cupboard is never without maple syrup and this recipe for Maple Frosting is quick and used often.
    1 1/4 cups maple syrup, bring to a rolling boil and slowly drizzle into 2 egg whites (bowl) while beating on high, add 1 tsp, vanilla paste and continue beating until stiff and shiny. Enjoy!

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  8. Patricia Kasparian

    The photos on your blog are always first-rate, but this post, in particular, the pictures were beautiful!

    Reply

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