Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 fresh garlic cloves
water, boiling
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (I forgot the cinnamon)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate chips)

Directions:
Drop garlic cloves into boiling water for about 5 minutes until tender; peel cloves and chop, then soak in maple syrup for 20 to 30 minutes.
While cloves are soaking, cream together the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, then add to cream mixture; stir the chocolate chips into the mixture (you can add a 1/2 cup of chopped nuts at this time, if you like).
Pour the garlic and syrup through a strainer, draining the syrup, and add the chopped cloves to cookie batter; stir well.
Drop the cookie batter by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned (careful not to overcook!).
Remove from oven and cool on racks.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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