These maple-flavored broomsticks are guaranteed to melt in your mouth and be a hit with kids of all ages.
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1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add maple syrup, egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls, flouring hands, if necessary. Shape half of balls into 4-inch logs.
Place logs, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Place 1 ball at top of each log; flatten ball slightly. Make 5 to 6 cuts into flattened ball with sharp knife to resemble strips of straw. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set.
Place wire cooling racks over waxed paper. Cool cookies 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to cooling racks. Cool completely.
Combine all glaze ingredients in bowl, adding enough milk for desired consistency. Drizzle over broom handles.
Real maple syrup is created by boiling the sap from maple trees. It has a thick, syrupy consistency and a sweet, maple flavor. Imitation maple syrup is mostly corn syrup with a small amount of maple flavoring. Either syrup can be used in this recipe.