March 22, 2019

40+ Maple Recipes for Maple Season

Collage of recipes featuring maple syrup or maple sugar.

Maple syrup and maple sugar are delicious ways to add sweetness to so many dishes. Both sweet and savory dishes can be made using the sweetness of maple.

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Many people think of maple and think of fall, but maple season is in the very late winter/early spring. That is when the sap begins to run and maple syrup production occurs. Maple syrup season is a big deal here in the western New York region as we have many maple producers in the area.

We are continuing to celebrate maple season on the blog with this round-up of recipes featuring pure maple syrup and/or maple sugar. 

You'll find sweet and savory uses for maple including breakfasts, snacks and drinks, side dishes and salads, main dishes, and desserts all highlighting the deliciousness of pure maple! Many thanks to all the bloggers who contributed these yummy and creative recipes.

Some of my husband's family members run a small maple operation so we are able to help in the process and also have a local supplier of wonderful NYS maple syrup that we enjoy throughout the year. Even the kids have been going over to help since they were just a year old.

Keep reading for lots of great maple recipe ideas. What's your favorite way to enjoy maple?

Maple syrup is a breakfast time staple when it comes to topping pancakes, waffles, and more. You can also use it in other ways as well such as in granola, muffins, and more. We love to use maple to top oatmeal, too.

Maple Walnut Muffin for One from One Dish Kitchen
Lighter Baked Apple Donuts w/ Maple Glaze from Yummy Healthy Easy
Maple Walnut Goji Berry Granola from Moon and Spoon and Yum
Maple Apple Baked Oatmeal from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Maple Glazed Banana Muffins from The Beard and the Baker
Glazed Cinnamon Maple Syrup Bread from Savory Moments
Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage from Kate's Recipe Box

Apple maple breakfast sausage on a plate.
 Photo courtesy of Kate's Recipe Box.

~Snacks & Drinks~
There are so many ways to incorporate maple into recipes - even snacks and drinks! Its sweet flavor add a delicious touch and flavor contrast in many recipes.

Maple Glazed Cashews from Simple and Savory
Sweet Potato Rounds w/ Maple-Cinnamon Ricotta Cheese, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans from Tip Garden
Bourbon Maple Leaf Cocktail from Goodie Godmother
Maple Bourbon Sour from Family Around the Table
Maple Pecan Popcorn from Savory Moments

Maple pecan popcorn in a bowl.

~Sides and Salads~
Using maple syrup to make dressings for salads and glazes for vegetables adds such a lovely flavor and sweetness. Maple pairs so well with salty, sour, and savory flavors.
Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon and Pecans from 2 Cookin' Mamas
Apple Pecan Salad w/ Maple Cider Vinaigrette from Everyday Eileen
Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Smoked Paprika and Maple Glazed Delicata Squash from Savory Moments
Maple Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Lemon Blossoms
Sweet and Spicy Succotash w/ Maple and Bacon from A Little Fish in the Kitchen
Strawberry Bacon Spinach Salad w/ Lemon Maple Dressing from Joyous Apron
Maple Honey Cranberry Sauce from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Vegan Maple Thyme Mashed Sweet Potatoes from The Baking Fairy
Baked Sweet Potato Fries w/ Creamy Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce from Savory Moments Maple Chipotle Hassleback Butternut Squash from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Hassleback maple butternut squash.
 Photo courtesy of Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice.

~Main Dishes~
Maple can be incorporated into your main dishes as well. It is terrific with many meats, especially as a glaze or sauce. It's sticky, sweet, and delicious in savory dishes. 

Creamy Maple Squash Soup w/ Goat Cheese and Bacon from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Maple Turkey Burgers w/ Cheddar, Bacon, and Apple from Caroline's Cooking
Honey Maple Garlic Baby Back Ribs from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Grilled Balsamic Maple Marinated Chicken Thighs from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Instant Pot Sticky Maple Ginger Rice Noodles from Moon and Spoon and Yum
Maple Pork Tenderloin from Cooking Chat
Maple Pulled Pork Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from Crumb Top Baking
Maple Chipotle Smoked Chicken Breast from 4 Sons R' Us
Maple Sugar Crock Pot Corned Beef from Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survived Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Miso Maple Glazed Chicken from The Foodie Affair

Miso maple glazed chicken.
Photo courtesy of The Foodie Affair.

Of course maple syrup and maple sugar are perfect in desserts! There are pies, cookies, candy, and more.

Maple Sugar Candy from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Maple Pecan Pie from Savory Moments
Maple Bacon Cupcakes from Swanky Recipes
Maple Coconut Caramel Macaroons from The Spiffy Cookie
Maple Syrup and Pecan Layer Cake from Cooking with Carlee
Maple Pecan Tarts from Red Cottage Chronicles
Maple Pecan Tassies from That Recipe
Maple Biscotti w/ Maple Syrup Icing from The Monday Box
Cranberry Maple Squares from Hezzi D's Books and Cooks
Maple Walnut Cookies from Savory Moments
Maple Cookies from A Baker's House

Maple cookies stacked on a plate.
Photo courtesy of A Baker's House

I hope you give some of these maple recipes a try this spring or all year round! There are so many delicious ways to enjoy maple outside of the traditional pancake and waffles topping. 

We love to read maple syrup related kids books together as a family and have since our kids were very little. Here are some of our favorites: Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse, Curious George Makes Maple Syrup, Sugar on Snow, and Maple Syrup Season (sadly, this book is out of print, but our local library has it).

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Also check out this round-up of 25 Pancake Recipes to Celebrate Maple Season. You can also check out all the recipes featuring maple on the blog.  

This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated in 2024 to improve reader experience. 


  1. I LOOOOOOOOOOVE maple syrup so I can't wait to try all of these.

  2. I love all things maple! So many great recipes! Now what to try first! Thanks for including my Maple Bourbon Sour!

  3. What an amazing line up. Can't wait to start cooking and baking.

  4. What a great round up! I just love maple. Thanks for including my squash recipe!

  5. Wow Amy, thanks for the round-up...there is no excuse to not use maple syrup after reading your post.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. What an awesome list of recipes! I'm so excited maple season is here!

  7. OMG that maple pecan popcorn looks HEAVENLY! Such a great roundup...thanks for sharing!
    -Madi xo |

  8. I have never cooked with maple syrup I definitely need to start. Thank you fot the recipes 😊

  9. Omg this maple recipe list is heavenly! I am definitely trying out the Miso Maple Chicken recipe this weekend!!

  10. Maple season, one of the sweetest times of the year and one I miss since we have moved from New Hampshire. Nice roundup.

  11. Looks so delicious! Love maple!

    Kasey Ma

  12. What an absolutely fabulous roundup of maple recipes! Maple syrup has become my number one sweetener so I can't wait to starts going through these. Thanks!

  13. This is a lovely collection Amy...Would love to try some of them soon...

  14. This is an awesome maple resource! I'm going to have to purchase an entire barrel to try all these!

  15. I love maple syrup even though a gallon of it is more costly than gasoline! It's a must-have in my pantry, and I'm super excited to try these yummy maple recipes!

  16. I love everything maple! These look so delicious!

  17. Wonderful recipe round-up, Amy! Thank you very much for including my succotash recipe :) Maple syrup is one of the best things on Earth and this is a great resource for new ways to use it, especially in all of these savory dishes! I shared your post link on Twitter :)

  18. Love this! We recently tapped our maple trees and will be making syrup this year. Though, I doubt we will net much. Still this list is so fun! Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. Apple Donuts With Maple Glaze!!! Those are literally 4 of my favorite nouns all together!

  20. Saving this for later! My husband loves all things maple.

  21. Oh my goodness maple is one of my favorite flavors.

  22. This is seriously the best maple recipes roundup!

  23. I love maple! I need to try that Maple Pecan Popcorn.

  24. So many yummy looking recipes in this list! I want to try them all!!!

  25. I love maple syrup. Thanks for the list of recipes.


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