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14 Great Ways to Cook and Bake With Maple Syrup

Hats off to the person who first discovered that the sap from a maple tree can be boiled down to create the stuff of sweet weekend breakfast dreams. Fun fact: It takes about 10 gallons of sap to make one quart of maple syrup. And oh, what you could do with a quart of maple syrup (besides drench your pancakes and waffles)! For starters, here are 14 of our favorite sweet and savory recipes made with maple syrup. And you don't need a lot—sometimes just a few tablespoons are all it takes to make a recipe as maple-y good as can be.

Top Tips for Cooking and Baking With Maple Syrup

  • For the best maple flavor, use real maple syrup, not maple-flavored pancake syrup (which is made with corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup and artificial color.)
  • Grade B maple syrup (often labeled as Grade A Very Dark Color/Strong Taste) is darker and has a deeper flavor than lighter grade A, which makes it a great choice for recipes where you really want the maple flavor to come through. You can save the lighter grade A syrup for pancakes and waffles.
  • You can substitute 3/4 cup maple syrup for 1 cup of white sugar in baked goods (be sure to reduce other liquids in the recipe by about 3 tablespoons). Read more about sugar and sugar substitutes.

Sweet Recipes Made With Maple Syrup

Maple Pumpkin Doughnuts

These maple-laced doughnuts are baked, not fried, just in case you have fear of frying, and maple glaze amps up the maple goodness even higher. lutzflcat topped hers with sprinkles and chopped pecans, and said, "Texture and taste is very similar to pumpkin bread which we love. These doughnuts have a lot of ingredients, but they were extremely moist and turned out very well."

Maple Pumpkin Doughnuts
Photo by lutzflcat

More: Get a bakery's worth of top-rated doughnut recipes.

Maple Bacon Monkey Bread

Sweet and savory comes together in this crowd-pleasing and easy-to-make pull-apart bread. Deb made hers with refrigerated bread dough and substituted light brown sugar for the dark brown (because that's what she had on hand), and she says, "This was absolutely my favorite recipe from All Recipes. Sticky hands Down!"

 

Megan's Granola

Mirby calls this recipe "addictive" and offers this tip: "To get the granola to chunk, BOIL the sugar/oil mixture (I just put it in a large measuring cup and microwave it until it bubbles—less cleanup), then stir and bake as directed, but after it's toasty, pull it out and DON'T STIR ANY MORE. Let it cool. It should cool and form a large brick that can be broken into satisfying chunks."

 

Megan's Granola
Photo by CC<3's2bake

 

Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares

Six everyday ingredients go into this easy treat. larkspur says, "These are absolutely delicious bars! The amount of pecans is perfect, the filling was just slightly gooey, and the shortbread base is so buttery and delicious."

Maple Pecan Shortbread Squares
Photo by karinschis

 

Chewy Maple Cookies

Before you get started, take a minute to read naples34102's review with her very helpful tips to make it a "knock-your-socks off maple cookie." MWeller did, and says, "I followed the recommendations of naples34102 and these turned out PERFECTLY!" 

Chewy Maple Cookies
Photo by Laurie

 

Maple Walnut Ice Cream

"Very tasty maple flavor. I like that it uses real maple syrup. I didn't use all of the nut mixture as it was a little too much for the amount of ice cream. Next time I may cut it in half."—Sue Bell Wilson

Maple Walnut Ice Cream
Photo by Noah King

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

This 4-ingredient frosting made a believer of Allrecipes home cook LaurenButler, who says, "I don't really like frosting, but I ate this one by the spoonfuls!! It was absolutely delicious on top of pumpkin bread too!"

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo by CC<3's2bake

 

Savory Recipes Made With Maple Syrup

Candied Bacon

How good is this candied bacon? Allrecipes home cook sonjagroset says, "Double this recipe or you will cry because you run out of delicious candied bacon and you will want MORE! Any thick cut bacon works great. I followed another reviewer's tip of doubling the maple syrup the second time I made this recipe. Very good."

Rusty Chicken Thighs

FaithinTX raves, "This recipe made me weep. Tears of joy. Made just as written. Excuse me, but I need to lick my fingers then find another kleenex..." KGora adds, "Wow! This was the best grilled chicken I've ever made. It turned out so moist and juicy and the color was awesome."

Rusty Chicken Thighs
Photo by KGora

Maple Salmon

Recipe creator STARFLOWER recommends (and we agree) that you shouldn't marinate this salmon--or any seafood--for more than 30 minutes. DESIDERATAGRACEFULLY adds, "Oh my!!! this has got to be one of the yummiest things i've cooked lately! I used organic DARK maple syrup."

Maple Salmon
Photo by Dianne

Maple-Brined Pork Loin

Recipe creator Chef John says, "I love the way the meat gets infused with that subtly-sweet maple flavor." Wendy Berg Bailey loved it, saying, "This was delicious. Even my husband, who is not usually excited by new recipes, said "this is REALLY good!" My dinner guests raved!"

Maple-Brined Pork Loin
Photo by Jacob Mustin

 

 

Chef John's Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Just a touch of maple syrup brings out all the warm, earthy flavors of this top-rated soup. Allrecipes home cook dcook says, "Made the soup exactly as per the recipe...best butternut squash soup I have ever made. You can really taste the roasted carrots and onions."

 

Chef John's Candied Yams

Yet another 5-star maple-syrup enhanced recipe from Chef John (I swear I'm not getting a kickback). But if you love maple syrup, you'll be glad he loves it and shows us how to use it in so many ways. Home cook Eight is Enough says, "Oh my, wow! Loved the flavors!!! I didn't find this recipe until after I had baked my sweet potatoes. So I made the glaze and spooned it over the cut pieces and then baked them for a while to help the flavors bake into the potatoes. Tasted like my Nana's with a flair!"

Chef John's Candied Yams
Photo by Chef John

 

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This just might convert your most stubborn Brussels sprouts non-believer. That's what happened for Kelly Kindle Cheney, who tells us, "My Brussels hating husband has requested these again and I did not even have bacon!"

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About Vanessa Greaves

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