Northern Michigan Recipes: Find other recipes for maple syrup in the Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine article 3 Treats for Homemade Maple Syrup.
- Deep heavy pan
- Candy thermometer
- Metal cookie cutters in springtime shapes
- Cookie sheet
- Aluminum foil to cover cookie sheet
- 2 cups maple syrup
- ¼-plus teaspoon butter
- Plastic wrap
Boil water in the pan and record the boiling temperature as it reads on the candy thermometer. Pour out water. Lightly grease cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased aluminum foil laid out on a cookie sheet. Heat syrup in the pan until it measures 32 degrees over the temperature of boiling water you recorded. Remove from heat. Cool for about 5 minutes. Stir until the syrup begins to turn a creamy opaque color. (If you stir too long syrup will harden in the pan. If that happens you can add ½ cup of water and start again.) Pour into molds. When cool, pull away the cutters and aluminum foil. Dry candy on metal racks for several days. Wrap with plastic wrap.