Guest Recipe! Maple Black Sugar Cookies

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Terry Chen makes baked goods that take inspiration from her Taiwanese-American background. They combine the ingredients found in traditional Taiwanese cooking with the types of snacks our modern palates crave, resulting in mouth-watering goodies like black sesame cupcakes and snickerdoodle whoopie pies. In the interest of reproducing this magic in our own kitchens, we asked Terry to share one of her recipes — a request she was happy to oblige. Her Maple Black Sugar Cookies, with their cookie-sandwich shape and light-as-air coffee cream filling, are already starting to make us drool. 

If you end up making these, let us know how they turn out in the comments. And if you don't know your way around an electric mixer, back Terry's project and she'll send you some homemade cookies herself! 

Makes about 16.

Maple Black Sugar Cookies 



1-1/2 cups of flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
½ cup butter (1 stick)
½ egg
1/3 cup sugar
3 oz. black sugar
4 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp water

Coffee cream filling:

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
7 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 Tbsp espresso powder
1 Tbsp of Kahlua


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a pot, place black sugar, maple syrup, and water on low heat. Keep mixing for about 5 minutes, until the black sugar is dissolved with the syrup and water to create a liquid. Do not let the mixture harden or burn so mix every 30 seconds.

3. In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and sugar until well mixed, then add the egg and mix.

4. In another small bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

5. First mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. Then, add the black sugar mixture into the batter. Make sure that the batter is constantly being mixed as the warm black sugar is poured.

6. Add the remaining flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture slowly. The dough should not be wet, but feel sticky.

7. Place tablespoon sized scoops of dough onto a pan.

8. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool for 5 minutes.

9. While the cookies bake, make the coffee cream filling. Combine the espresso powder and Kahlua into a bowl and stir until the espresso powder is dissolved. Then, cream the butter, adding in powdered sugar. Then add the Kalhua-espresso mixture into the butter mixture. Keep mixing until well combined.

9. Spread a layer of the coffee cream on one side of a cookie and place another cookie on top of it to create a cookie sandwich!

    1. Amelia Hogan on

      Umm -- where does one get black sugar? Never heard of it!

    2. Marcia Smith on

      Looks like it is available in Asian markets.

    3. Stoobs on

      Are there good alternatives to black sugar?

      (Black sugar around my area will be next to impossible - unless anyone knows of any uk online suppliers?)

    4. Terry Chen on

      Black sugar is available in Asian markets (specifically Chinese and Japanese), and you can actually find it on Amazon too!

      In terms of alternatives to black sugar, I'm not sure - you might consider using brown sugar and molasses together.

    5. Stoobs on

      Cool, I'll let you know how it goes :D

      (Amazon UK doesn't have black sugar, and I don't think there are any Asian markets around where I am)

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      robin on

      These look delicious, I live right next to several Asian markets so I will look for the black sugar and let you know. Would you by any chance know the "Asian" name of this sugar. Some of the owners in the stores do not speak english. Thank you for sharing.

    7. Terry Chen on

      @Robin - you can ask for "hai tang" in Chinese (literally the words for black and sugar). As for Japanese markets, I'm not as clear but if you ask the staff (which I've done in the past) they usually know what it is. Black sugar comes in hard chunks!

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      arek on

      I like cookies of various flavors i will try this maple black sugar cookies on this Sunday.