Have you ever wondered if you would have had what it took to survive out on the homestead? Well, imagine yourself stoking the wood fire in your log cabin kitchen stove. You’re preparing to make your holiday cookies. You go to gather your ingredients. You may have fresh cream butter you just whipped up from your morning milking. But, oh, no! Where is your granulated sugar? You forgot to plant a crop of sugar beets! Where is your Mexican vanilla, not to mention your cream of tartar?

Well, never fear. Here is a super simple recipe, with only just 4 ingredients you would probably have in your pantry: butter, maple syrup, flour and salt. If you want to be real old-timey, you can grind some wheat berries to get fresh milled flour. (A coffee grinder works well if you don’t have a flour mill). So get out your gingham apron and enjoy a taste of the good ol’ days.

Heirloom Maple Meltaways
By Forkable


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 cups flour (whole wheat pastry flour works great)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional: Pecan or walnut halves for cookie topping.


Cream butter and maple syrup.

In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt. Mix with butter-maple syrup mixture. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment, drop dough balls by the tablespoonful 2 inches apart. If you want, top with a pecan or walnut. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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  1. Gayle Wright said:

    Thank you! I was looking for something sweet and easy to make today.