12 Best Maple Desserts

The haunting sweetness of maple syrup is a wonderful addition to any dessert. Not only does it often replace refined sugar, it adds incredible depth of flavour to baked goods and the like. I love experimenting with maple syrup: I add it to oatmeal on chilly mornings and Hot Toddys on cold nights. These desserts, however, require no experimentation. They are tried-and-true recipes showcasing one of the most revered sweeteners out there. A baker’s dream!

The cronut is all the rage but this seasonal take on the year’s most popular dessert is the recipe to make. The Pumpkin-Maple Croissant-Donut is flaky, buttery, fried goodness with a hint of pumpkin sweetness and a gooey maple filling. (Via Monday Morning Donut.)


Maple-sweetened and pecan-flecked batter plus gorgeous maple-syrup meringue make Maple-Pecan Sponge Cake a complete show-stopper. (Via Somewhere Over the Kitchen.)

Maple Pecan Sponge

Breakfast? Brunch? Dessert? You choose! Maple Oatmeal Pancakes with Brandied Peaches are totally versatile and totally delicious. (Via The Bite House.)


Almond Butter Cookies are nutty, maple-scented and the perfect addition to afternoon tea. (Via Fool Proof Living.)


There’s something completely wonderful about a good crisp. Crunchy topping, soft, fragrant filling: Asian Pear Maple Crisp has it all! (Via Will Cook For Smiles.)


Crisp fall days mean more need for warm drinks and warm drinks are perfect for dunking. Pour yourself a cup of creamy coffee and dunk away with Maple Glazed Biscotti. (Via Lemons for Lulu.)


Looking to capture the true spirit of the autumn season? These Applesauce Cupcakes with Maple Brown Sugar Cloud Frosting are calling your name. (Via Bakeaholic Mama.)

apple cupcakes with maple white cloud frosting

The cinnamon bun is a lot of work, but you know what? It’s always worth it. Many hours may go into a single recipe but when those tender, fragrant rolls finally emerge from the oven, you glaze them with a big smile and no regrets. This recipe for Cinnamon Buns with Maple Coffee Glaze is no exception. (Via Culinary Cool.)


Sweet and Spicy Nutty Crack Bites are just as good as they sound. Completely addictive thanks to the addition of maple syrup! (Via Quiche a Week).


Dessert in a glass! Cold-Brewed Maple Almond Iced Coffee is nutty-sweet and full of buzz. Ideal for after a large meal or for a mid-morning sugar craving. (Via Coffee and Quinoa.)


Every baker should have a standard coffee cake recipe in his or her arsenal. May I suggest Maple Syrup Pecan Coffee Cake? (Via Noshing with the Nolands.)


If you’re like me, pancake cravings are very frequent and all-consuming. These Pancake Ice Cream Sandwiches with Maple-Bacon Ice Cream do the trick and then some. (Via Home Shoppe.)


Deborah Hemming

Deborah Hemming

Deborah Hemming is a food and hospitality writer who lives, cooks, eats and drinks in Montreal, Quebec. Originally from Nova Scotia, Deborah moved to Montreal to earn her Master of Arts in English Literature from McGill University. Recently graduated, she's now taking on the real world one recipe at a time. She loves red wine, Ruth Reichl, and browned butter.
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  1. Carrie says

    Looks like a great list, can’t wait to try that coffee cake! And you’re from MTL too! C’est genial!

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