One Maple Bar, Please

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- My parents recently became owners of an ice cream parlor that in prior years had sold donuts, as well. On a number of occasions they have had some local travelers stop in and ask for a maple bar and to their surprise are offered a scoop of homemade maple walnut ice cream. To all those donut lovers in town, this recipe is for you.

Rich Philadelphia Cream Cheese Maple Frosting embraces the melting portion of sweet ice cream while you sink your teeth into a Philadelphia Cream Cheese Maple Cookie, all inspired by the ever so delicious Maple Bar.

8 oz. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
3 tsp. maple extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1 qt. Maple Ice Cream (other alternatives: Butter Pecan or French Vanilla)

Your first step prior to any other preparation is to place your cream cheese in sight on your countertop so you are continuously reminded of the amazing potential each of your recipes has if paired with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. (Actually you just want to bring it to room temp.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, blend together 3 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, 1 cup butter, ¾ cup sugar, and ¾ cup brown sugar until creamy.

Add eggs and 1 teaspoon maple extract.

Mix until well blended.

In another bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

Add gradually to wet ingredients, blending well with each addition.

Using a spoon, drop cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet, making 12-16 cookies.

Bake for 12-14 minutes.

Let cool on wire racks.

While cookies are baking prepare frosting.

Blend together until smooth, remaining 5 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, ¼ cup butter, 2 teaspoons maple extract and 2 cups powdered sugar.

To prepare ice cream sandwiches: Remove your ice cream from freezer for about 10 minutes prior to preparation.

Spread frosting to the bottom side of each of your cooled cookies.

Spoon the ice cream to the frosting side of one cookie.

Next, apply another cookie to the top of ice cream, creating an ice cream sandwich, with the frosting sides squished to the ice cream.

Repeat with the entire batch of cookies, making about 6 to 8 sandwiches.

Pour yourself a big glass of ice cold milk, grab a napkin and submit your taste buds to the rich sweet taste of melting maple.

Chef's tip: These treats can be frozen to enjoy later. Freeze each prepared maple bar in freezer on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, wrap in plastic wrap and store in a freezer storage bag. By freezing prior to wrapping, this keeps the ice cream from melting/sticking to the plastic wrap.

Prep: 30 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes
Servings: 6

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