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Maple Walnut Half-Moon Cookies Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup chopped walnuts

Special Equipment Needed:
- Stand mixer
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
6. Add the maple syrup and mix until just combined.
7. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
8. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.
9. Cut out half-moon shapes with a cookie cutter and place on the prepared baking sheet.
10. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
11. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
Temperature: 350°F
Serving Size: Makes about 24 cookies

Nutritional Information: Not available

Substitutions for Ingredients:
- Butter: Can be substituted with vegan butter or coconut oil.
- Maple Syrup: Can be substituted with honey or agave nectar.
- Walnuts: Can be substituted with any other type of nut.

- Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for a chocolatey twist.
- Add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries for a fruity twist.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the butter is softened before creaming with the sugar.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking.
- Use a sharp cookie cutter to ensure clean edges.

Storage Instructions:
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Can be reheated in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve on a platter with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts.

Pair with a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Suggested Side Dishes:
Serve with a side of fresh fruit.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the cookies are too dry, add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the dough.
- If the cookies are too crumbly, add a tablespoon of butter to the dough.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure all ingredients are fresh and not expired.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Food History:
Maple walnut cookies have been around since the early 1900s. They were originally made with maple syrup and walnuts and were a popular treat in the New England region.

Flavor Profiles:
These cookies have a sweet and nutty flavor with a hint of maple syrup.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve as an after-dinner treat or as a snack.

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Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Maple, Buttery, Maple-Flavored