Delicious Maple Syrup Recipes

creamy maple fudge
Elizabeth LaBau

Maple syrup is produced by maple trees as a way to nourish themselves. The starch in their trunks is converted to sap that travels up the interior of the tree, which explains how since the Native Americans we’ve been able to tap into these trees and like magic, collect their sap for making maple syrup. What imparts maple syrup with its rich and complex flavor is the combination of its minerals, types of sugars, nitrogen compounds, phenols, and flavonoids. As a result, there are many varieties of maple syrup, each with a profile that is dependent on what region it's from and even which tree it's been drawn from. Find out which maple syrup recipes we love best—some are classic and some are unexpected, but they’re all delicious.

  • 01 of 17

    Maple Walnut Fudge

    Maple Walnut Fudge

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    If you want a maple treat that isn’t shy on flavor or richness, maple walnut fudge is a great choice. This recipe uses old-fashioned fudge making techniques, which can be a bit tricky for newbies to learn. That said, simply buying a candy thermometer and reading the tips offered in this recipe can go a long way. 

  • 02 of 17

    Warm Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

    Warm Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing
    Warm Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing. Anita Schecter

    The colder months demand warm, hearty dishes piled high with winter vegetables like pumpkin or squash. This roasted pumpkin salad is topped with a maple tahini dressing, giving it a bump of creamy sweetness. If tahini isn’t your thing, try swapping in yogurt or a light olive oil. 

  • 03 of 17

    Maple-Dijon Pork Chops

    Maple-Dijon Pork Chops
    Maple-Dijon Pork Chops. Sabrina S. Baksh

    This recipe puts a delicious spin on a classic dish great dish by adding maple syrup. For sides, why not serve it with a side of buttered leeks or Lyonnaise potatoes

  • 04 of 17

    Maple Almond Matzo Granola

    Matzo Granola with Almonds and Raisins
    Matzo Granola with Almonds and Raisins. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Matzo is an unleavened flatbread used in kosher cooking and it's great for this maple granola recipe since it's super crispy and light.

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  • 05 of 17

    Baked Beet Fries with Maple-Pecan Aioli

    beet fries on a plate with maple pecan aioli

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    The idea of beet fries may surprise you at first but pairing them with the maple pecan aioli in this recipe is in fact, delicious. If you’re not into mayo but want something creamy, why not whip together a goat cheese and maple dip, instead? 

  • 06 of 17

    Maple Fondant

    maple fondant
    Elizabeth LaBau

    Fondant is a candy cream that can be used in various ways, like as a filling or rolled candy. This maple fondant recipe is a great base you can use to dip in chocolate, roll in nuts, or all of the above.

  • 07 of 17

    Spicy Maple Chicken Wings

    maple wings
    Diana Rattray

    The maple syrup used in this Asian-inspired sauce gives it a unique, tasty twist. These chicken wings call for Grade B maple syrup, which tastes bolder than Grade A varieties. That said, feel free to experiment with any grade of maple syrup to see what you like best.

  • 08 of 17

    Slow Cooked Maple Syrup Baked Beans

    Maple Baked Beans
    Maple Baked Beans. Michael Maes/Getty Images

    These baked beans are jazzed up with bacon, dry mustard, and of course, maple syrup. It's a creamy, salty-sweet dish that's great as a side for any great burger recipe.  

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  • 09 of 17

    Apple Crisp Cocktail

    Apple Crisp Cocktail

    William Reavell / Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

    This apple crisp cocktail is both easy to make and delicious. For a garnish, why not try sliced and dehydrated apples or rim the glass with a dusting of cinnamon sugar?

  • 10 of 17

    Maple and Bacon Cornbread

    Maple Bacon Cornbread
    Maple Bacon Cornbread. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Most maple syrup produced in the US comes from Vermont, far away from where cornbread was born in the American South. If you'd like a stronger maple flavor, you can stab a few holes in your cornbread before brushing it with maple butter.

  • 11 of 17

    Sweet Maple Vinegar Ribs

    Sweet Maple Vinegar Ribs
    Sweet Maple Vinegar Ribs on the Grill. Sabrina Baksh

    The sauce for this recipe has a double-dose of maple, including both maple vinegar and maple syrup. Don’t feel limited to using ribs, either—a variety of pork cuts will taste equally delicious.  

  • 12 of 17

    Maple Walnut Ice Cream

    Maple Walnut Ice Cream With Maple Flakes
    Maple Walnut Ice Cream With Maple Flakes. Diana Rattray

    Although this maple walnut ice cream is delicious as is, you can also experiment and swap-in different kinds of nuts, using maple flakes, or trying out various grades of maple syrup to see which flavor you like best.

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  • 13 of 17

    Maple Glazed Delicata Squash Rings

    Maple Glazed Delicata Squash Rings
    Maple Glazed Delicata Squash Rings. D.L. Rattray

    Delicata squash have a thin, edible skin which makes them easier to prepare than many other types of squash. Be on the lookout for Delicata during the fall, when they are in-season.

  • 14 of 17

    Maple Glazed Vegan Water Challah

    Maple Glazed Challah
    Maple Glazed Challah. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Though this maple glazed vegan challah skips the eggs that most recipes include, it still manages to retain the lovely texture and taste that challah is known for. Serve it with a daub of maple butter or swipe of maple cream

  • 15 of 17

    Crockpot Maple Glazed Turkey Breast

    Crockpot Maple-Glazed Turkey Breast

    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic 

    This recipe is easy to make since it swaps out a full turkey with turkey breasts and is cooked in the crockpot instead of the oven. It's a great start to a full meal spread or more simply, a sandwich.

  • 16 of 17

    Little Dom's Butternut Old Fashioned

    Little Dom's butternut old fashioned recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    The flavors of autumn are so delicious why not drink them, too? This old fashioned recipe is infused with butternut squash and dashed with maple syrup. Butternut squash is one of the strongest tasting squash varieties, so its flavor can hang with the strength of bourbon.  

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  • 17 of 17

    Candied Bacon Strips

    Candied Bacon
    krooooop/Flickr

    Somewhere between a candy and a jerky, these bacon strips are easy to make and a unique finger-food. You can use the first round of rendered bacon fat in a number of delicious ways, so there’s no need to discard it.