Curious what a diamant cookie is? Well, diamant is French for diamond and a diamant cookie is usually referred to as a French butter cookie. The cookies are coated in coarse sugar which makes them look as if they’ve been coated in diamonds. Sounds delicious, right? Well, Birthright Israel Foundation is excited to partner with pastry chef and alumna Abby Dahan to bring you this Maple Diamant Cookie recipe. You may be familiar with Abby since she won Food Network’s ‘Chopped Sweets’ a few years ago. But, before you dive into baking, take a moment to watch what Abby has to say about her Birthright Israel trip.


  • All-purpose flour 230g
  • Soft unsalted butter 140g
  • Sugar 90g
  • Salt 1/4tsp
  • Yolks 1 each large
  • Maple extract 1tsp
  • Vanilla extract 1/2tsp


  1. Cream butter and add the granulated sugar. Be sure to mix well. 
  2. Add yolks, maple, and vanilla extract and scrape bowl. Add the flour last. 
  3. Roll into one 15” long log and freeze until firm enough to cut rounds.
  4. Brush on egg wash and roll in sanding sugar.
  5. Cut into roughly 1/2 in pieces. Place on a sheet tray with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. The cookies could need more time based on your oven. Please start with 8 minutes on a timer and check after! The cookies need to be lightly golden brown on the edges but still fairly white on top. 
A stack of Birthright Israel alumna Abby Dahan's Maple Diamant cookies

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