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They're all red and white with a hint of maple. When sliced, the cookies reveal a white base, red middle, and white top. They will have you singing 'O Canada' for the rest of the day!


Recipe Summary

50 mins
35 mins
1 hr 55 mins
30 mins
64 1-inch squares


Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; crease corners well.

  • Whisk together 1 cup flour and 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar; cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pat mixture evenly into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes; remove to cool on a wire rack, about 15 minutes. Top base evenly with raspberry jam.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Beat white sugar and 1/2 cup butter together until fluffy; beat in eggs until fluffy and pale yellow. Beat rice flour into egg mixture until well combined; stir in food coloring until batter reaches desired shade of red. Spread batter evenly over jam layer.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in the pan; about 20 minutes.

  • Beat 2 cups confectioners' sugar and 1/3 cup butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; stir in milk and maple extract. Spread icing evenly over cooled bars.

  • Hold edges of parchment paper; lift squares out of pan to a cutting board. Slice into 1-inch squares with a very sharp knife.

Cook's Notes:

Substituting almond extract for the maple is delightful for a marzipan-flavored square. Paste food coloring works best. Other colors may be used for other holidays, such as red and green for Christmas, or pink and blue for a baby shower.

More maple extract may be added, but it will tint the white icing slightly.

Nutrition Facts

156 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 20.4g; fat 8.1g; cholesterol 32mg; sodium 59.2mg. Full Nutrition