Cheap Alternative to Maple Syrup
One of my favorite vegan cookies has maple syrup as one of the ingredients. I love the stuff but it can get expensive ($14 at Costco is a deal, but still) when you use it a lot or want to make a big batch of cookies. The aforementioned cookie recipe calls for 1/3 cup of it for just 8-10 cookies. I decided to see if I could just make a syrup myself and it worked out great!
Brown Sugar Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups packed organic / vegan brown sugar
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon flavoring (maple extract, vanilla, whatever floats your boat)
What you do:
Mix sugar and water together and bring to a boil. Gently boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, add flavoring if desired. Store in fridge.
The first time I boiled the mix for 3 minutes and the cookies came out super crisp and had a toffee flavor. The syrup was just too thick and condensed. The coookies weren't bad, but I really like a softer cookie. This weekend, I boiled for 2 minutes and the cookies came out perfect.
I made more than I needed for the batch so that I could make more later or use it as a sweetener in my tea. I like having a liquid sweetener around once it's summer and I start drinking iced tea.