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    Default Witches' Broomsticks

    Cookie Ingredients:

    1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup real maple syrup*
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Glaze Ingredients:

    1 cup powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons real maple syrup*
    1 teaspoon LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted
    2 to 3 teaspoons milk

    Heat oven to 350°F. Combine butter and brown sugar in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add maple syrup, egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed.

    Shape dough into 1-inch balls, flouring hands, if necessary. Shape half of balls into 4-inch logs.

    To assemble brooms, place 1 log with 1 ball on top, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten ball slightly and shape into a broom. Make 5 to 6 cuts into each broom with sharp knife to resemble strips of straw. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Place cooling racks over waxed paper. Cool cookies 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.

    Combine all drizzle ingredients in small bowl, adding enough milk for desired glazing consistency; mix until smooth. Drizzle over broom handles.

    *Substitute imitation maple pancake syrup.

    Recipe Tip
    Real maple syrup is created by boiling the sap from maple trees. It has a thick, syrupy consistency and a sweet, maple flavor. Imitation maple syrup is mostly corn syrup with a small amount of maple flavoring. Either syrup can be used in this recipe.

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