While maple flavoring is not strictly a Canadian thing.... it really is a quintisential Canadian thing and these cookies are a great way to bring that fabulous flavor out!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup real maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment or silpat.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.