Sugar Bush Softies

I promised myself I would not make fun of the name of this cookie. It sounds vaguely naughty though, doesn’t it?

Yes, these are soft cookies. They are of the drop variety and despite the frosting they are easy to make. The shiny glaze of maple, vanilla, milk and powdered sugar, sprinkled with nutmeg, sits atop a cookie base of butter, flour, and eggs that is sweetened entirely with maple syrup (a whole delicious cup of it! — remember, we use the Grade B/NYS Extra-Dark for Cooking grade whenever maple syrup is called for whether it is drizzled over hot cornbread, pancakes, or waffles, or glazing a ham or sweetening a confection), seasoned with half a teaspoon of nutmeg, and littered with a cup each of chopped walnuts and raisins.

According to Sharon Tyler Herbst (The Joy of Cookies), and the ever dubiously informative Wikipedia, a sugar bush is a grove of sugar maple trees. Did you know it takes about 35 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup? Liquid gold, it is, and utterly delicious. And absolutely nothing like the pancake syrups that pass for “maple syrup” with their pathetic artificial maple extract for flavoring.

I made these cookies while Bruce and Kate watched a movie I did not care to see as we waited for the midnight hour yesterday and to meet our niece (Kate’s cousin) at the airport upon her return after two-and-then-some years in Africa’s Somaliland. Yummy cookies for a happy day late night early morning! I may associate these sweet softies with her return every time I bake them, and that is ok by me.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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4 Responses to Sugar Bush Softies

  1. Lidiya says:

    “Duibously informative”? Lol.

    • pattiblaine says:

      One year in school — maybe 3rd grade, so 2005/2006 — Kate was told not to rely on Wikipedia for historical facts. By 6th that was pretty much all some teachers recommended for use. Don’t know if it’s the school that changed, the teaching method, or Wikipedia!

  2. dutch margreet says:

    In my memory lurks Suikerbos, ik wil je he. South African in a song for Sugarbush I will have you. Suikerbos being a nickname for a deerheart as in loved girlfriend fom a boy. It is a plant with a flower distantly resembling a lotusflower, very distantly I must say and many of them come in shades of pink. So, maybe not the bush you mentioned, but, see the pink glaze on your cookies, a flower. Search for Suikerbos, the song is also called Sarie Marais.

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