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12 Days of Cookies - Maple Miso Men

Welcome to our fourth day of 12 Days of Cookies. In this series, I'm taking one basic butter dough, making it ahead of time, and turning it into 12 different cookies. Today, were doing a non-traditional cookie - Miso Maple Sesame. I dare you to say that five times fast.

Miso in Cookies?

I understand, it might seem a bit out there. I mean, who would've thought miso paste, that savory cornerstone of Japanese cuisine, could find its way into desserts, right? It's not exactly a pantry staple in most American households, and the idea of incorporating it into sweet treats might raise a few eyebrows. But here's the inside scoop: miso isn't just about savory dishes; it brings a remarkable umami flavor that can elevate a wide range of recipes. I'm talking eggs, salad dressings, even butter, and, you guessed it, desserts. It's like a hidden flavor treasure that adds a whole new layer to your culinary creations. So, before you dismiss it, consider this your ticket to discovering a world of sweet and savory harmony with miso.

The unexpected yet harmonious pairing of miso and maple is a culinary revelation in my humble opinion. The savory, slightly nutty essence of miso creates a perfect counterpoint to the sweet, caramel-like nuances of maple syrup. Together, they form a dynamic duo that elevates the taste experience, whether it's in a savory glaze for roasted vegetables or a sweet marinade for grilled proteins. The marriage of miso and maple transcends expectations.


miso maple cookies

Maple Glaze

This maple glaze is a must for these cookies. And I'll give you some inside information…this is the same glaze we are going to use for the Maple Pecan cookies on day eight. So, if you plan on making those, double this batch and save half of it in the fridge for later. 


1 cup of confectioners sugar

½ tbs of maple syrup

¼ tsp of maple extract

1-2 tbs of water

pinch of salt


in a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners sugar, maple syrup, and maple extract until smooth. Add the water as needed. The glaze consistency should be thick enough to coat a cookie. You can set it aside and warm it in the microwave when it's time to use it. 

miso maple cookies

Stay tuned for the next cookie in 12 Days of Cookies! And while your'e here, check out these hand painted cookie plates.

Maple Miso Cookies

  • Prep: 20 Minutes
  • Cook: 15 Minutes
  • Total: 35 Minutes 
  • Serving: 1 Cookie
  • Yield: About 20


Miso Maple Cookie

Directions for Maple Miso Cookies

  • Preheat your oven to 350
  • Mix miso paste and maple syrup into softened dough
  • Once combined, roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter to cut your cookies
  • Put the cookies onto a pre-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack
  • Once cooled, dip each cookie into the glaze and immediately sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!
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