Holiday Gift Giving ~ Hidden Springs Maple Review & Giveaway

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Hidden Springs Maple is a family maple farm located in Putney, Vermont. They offer 100% natural and organic maple syrup tapped on family farms in Vermont.  Their products are available in their farm store, over the web and at restaurants and specialty stores throughout the US.
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I love Hidden Springs Maple. I have been enjoying their delicious syrups for a while now and it makes my waffles super yummy. Some of you might remember the Candied Bacon that my family made and ate months ago with Hidden Springs Maple syrup. It is to die for and we will be making more of it this holiday season not only for ourselves but as edible gifts to give our friends. Hidden Springs Maple syrup is all natural, and all locally produced. There are no additives of any kind used during the harvesting of their maple sap or during the boiling of theirmaple syrup. Their maple syrup is hand-packed for freshness and exceptional flavor. You can purchase it in a variety of grades and packaging.
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Hidden Springs Maple sells so much more than just syrup. They sell candy, fudge, pancake mix and a few of my favorites.......

Organic Maple Sugar and Organic Maple Cream

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I am having a blast with these two products. The organic maple sugar is perfect for so many things. This holiday season is the best time to grab some up and provide a little variety for your guests and family.
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This Organic Granulated Maple Sugar comes in a 1 pound attractive Hidden Spring Maple metal canister.  Pure maple sugar is a healthy substitute for refined cane sugar. The maple flavor of this sugar tastes delicious in tea, coffee or anytime you’d like a cane sugar substitute.  It is organic and kosher certified.
I have been experimenting with this maple sugar in my baked goods. I love to bake and try new things. I make treats for all my clients for the holidays so creating something new is always fun and a great addition to their gifts.  Try baking Maple cookies with this sugar, you can substitute your regular sugar and use this maple sugar. What you need to do is for instance instead of 1 cup of white sugar use 3/4 cup maple sugar . Also because this maple sugar is a tan color your baked goods will brown more so don't be alarmed. It will turn out amazing.
The Vermont Maple Cream is a must have for every household. This should truly be a staple in your home. If you are looking for a delicious breakfast spread for your toast, english muffins, scones, bagels, crepes or waffles then try this pure Organic Maple Cream for a true maple flavor in the morning or any time of day. Made from Grade A Light Amber, 100% pure maple syrup. This jar of heaven is available in 8 oz. and 2.8 oz. sizes. 

I am going to make homemade donuts soon and cover the tops in this Vermont Maple Cream. It's so good you can just eat a spoonful of it all by itself. I decided to get creating with the maple sugar and maple cream combination and make a delectable new cookie for my treat trays. 

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                          Here is my recipe:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter spread (I use country crock )
1/2 cup butter 
2/3 cup granulated sugar or 1/2 cup HSM organic maple sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

                         Topping:
HSM Vermont Maple Cream
for the top and HSM Organic Maple Sugar to sprinkle on cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease your baking sheets and set them aside.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl or mixer beat butter, butter spread (country crock), with sugar until fluffy. Then beat in egg and vanilla. Once this is beaten together begin to add your flour mixture a little at a time until fully blended. 

Bake for 10 minutes

Important!!!! Place your baked cookies on a cooling tray and wait until they are totally cool before spreading the HSM Vermont Maple Cream on top. If you don't wait until cool then the cream will melt and slide off. 

Once your HSM Vermont Maple Cream is deliciously spread over your cookie sprinkle HSM Organic Maple Sugar on top. YUMMY!!! You have just created the most amazing Hidden Springs Maple soft and creamy cookie. High Five!!!

     You can purchase Hidden Maple Springs products directly from their website:
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GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!

One (1) lucky Simple Side of Life reader will win the same two items I reviewed. One (1) Hidden Springs Maple Organic Maple Sugar and one (1) Hidden Spring Maple Vermont Maple Cream.