Balls of spiced dough are rolled in buttery pistachios before being baked and filled with a decadent homemade maple cream. A sprinkling of flaky sea salt is the perfect finishing touch.

Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2018


Credit: John Dolan

Recipe Summary

2 hrs
35 mins
Makes about 45


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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a bowl, whisk together flour, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, kosher salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Beat butter with remaining 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in maple syrup and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture to combine. Cover bowl; refrigerate until dough is firm but still pliable, about 1 hour (or tightly wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 3 days).

  • Roll level tablespoons of dough into balls, then roll in pistachios to evenly coat, pressing nuts into dough to adhere. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spaced 1 inch apart. Make an indentation in center of each ball with your thumb or the bottom of a thick wooden spoon.

  • Bake cookies, rotating sheets and rack positions halfway through, until set and golden on bottoms, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool on sheets 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Unfilled cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days. To serve, fill center of each cookie with approximately 1/2 teaspoon maple cream and sprinkle with flaky salt.