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Maple Boys Recipe


If you’re looking for a special Christmas morning breakfast, you have come to the right place. These adorable little boys have become a tradition at family gatherings. Everyone loves them and all of their maple-y goodness.

This recipe makes about a dozen Maple Boys.

These are perfect for making on Christmas Eve night and then refrigerating & baking the next morning.

  • 5 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup of instant mashed potatoes stirred together with 3/4 cup of warm water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk (110 degrees or cooler)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups flour (approximate)

Place yeast into a large mixing bowl. Add lukewarm water at about 110 degrees. Give a little stir, then add sugar, potatoes, salt, milk, shortening, eggs, and about 2 cups of flour. Using paddle attachment, mix well.

Continue to mix in flour 1 cup at a time until dough wants to “hug” the beater as shown in this picture. This will take about 5 cups total. Dough will have gone from somewhat soupy to more elasticity. This isn’t an exact measurement because the amount of flour you’ll need depends on how much moisture is in the air.

This is the time to switch to the dough hook. Knead with dough hook for about 8-10 minutes on medium speed. If mixer sounds burdened, remove from mixer stand, add a 1/4 cup of warm water and knead by hand. It probably just means you added too much flour.

Cover with a clean warm, damp towel and let the dough sit in a warm place for an hour or until dough has doubled in size.

Turn happily risen dough onto the flour-covered countertop. Coat with a little bit more flour and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick.

Find a gingerbread boy cookie cutter that is about 5-6 inches tall. Swoosh in flour a bit so it doesn’t stick to the dough then use to create Christmas magic. If you don’t have a gingerbread boy cookie cutter, you can just cut into rectangles and make baked maple bars. I promise you that they will taste just as amazing.

If baking on the same day, place oven on 350F to preheat. Place boys on a baking sheet coated with non-stick baking spray or parchment paper.  Let sit on the tray in a warm place until doubled in size (about 45 minutes). After they’re done rising, bake for about 20 minutes or until light golden brown and done in the middle.

If making the night before, cover with non-stick spray coated plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Cool for about 15 minutes before frosting.

Finally the almost holy maple frosting.

  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces of (salted) butter, softened
  • 8 tablespoons of water
  • 8 teaspoons of maple extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

You’ll also need about 1 cup of powdered sugar & a teaspoon or so of water mixed together to create the white frosting for the gingy cuteness.

Your family might actually have a hard time deciding between gift opening and Maple Boys. Okay, maybe not, but there’s no better way to start Christmas morning than to spoil them with both.


6 Responses

  1. Tina

    Oh my heavens 🙂

  2. Great job on this blog post – esp. with all the pics. They look delicious… 🙂

  3. Diane Lucas


  4. Martha

    Over on Tasty Kitchen, the recipe says 1/4 cup of salt.

    • The Clever Culinarian

      Gosh, Martha! Thank you so much for catching that! I most have chosen the wrong measurement. It has been corrected thanks to you! 🙂

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