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French Toast Spirals

These little spiral cookies taste just like French toast. They're not too sweet, and they're pretty enough for a Christmas cookie plate. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, maple syrup and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into creamed mixture. On a baking sheet, roll dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper into a 12-in. square. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • For filling, beat first 5 ingredients until blended. Remove top sheet of waxed paper; spread filling over dough to within 1/4 in. of edges. Using waxed paper, roll up tightly jelly-roll style, removing paper as you roll. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges are light brown, 12-14 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to finish cooling. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 92 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • April
    Nov 4, 2020

    I really enjoyed these cookies (and I’m picky about sweets). There’s a lot of time involved, but not hard at all. They are not too sweet. They did remind me of French toast. Small hint of maple syrup. I loved how the bottom of the cookie got a little bit caramelized. I know my oven runs hot, so I only cooked them for 11 minutes and they were perfect.

  • dlynsmith9
    Oct 21, 2020

    It was a lot of work before you can bake the cookies, but it is worth it. I think there is a lot of flavor. I used Mrs. Butterworths Syrup in it and could taste the maple. I would suggest a buttercream or cream cheese frosting after they are baked. It really enhances the taste.

  • Sarah-Beth
    Nov 20, 2019

    A decent cookie but reminded me nothing of French toast. The cookie didn't have any notable or distinct flavor. I used a high quality pure maple syrup that my family loves on pancakes and waffles, but in the cookie it was almost undetectable as maple. I will be adding some maple extract along with the syrup when I make these again. I think the extra boost of the extract will help these cookies actually taste like what their name implies.