This recipe is adapted from the Maple Curls recipe from my mom's edition of the Joy of Cooking (it's not in the new one, though I can't possibly fathom why). They are super easy and I make them all the time, and they are also the cookies I made for Amanda when I first met her! —Lauren Shockey
Bring the maple syrup, butter, and vanilla to a hard boil for 30 seconds.
Remove from the heat, and whisk in the flour and salt until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps whatsoever.
Place one tablespoon of batter on a silpat-lined cookie sheet (batter will be slightly runny). Repeat with the remaining batter, making sure to leave about 2-3 inches between cookies. Bake for about 12-13 minutes, or until cookies take on a lace-like appearance. Let cool completely on the silpat.
Lauren Shockey is a New York City-based food writer and author of the cookbook Hangover Helper as well as the culinary memoir Four Kitchens. Previously the restaurant critic at the Village Voice, she has written for such publications as The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and the Wall Street Journal.