Maple Extract Substitute

If you don’t have maple extract on hand or can’t find it in your local grocery store, here are some Maple Extract Substitutes.

Substitutes for maple extract.

What is Maple Extract?

Maple extract is a concentrated flavoring that is made from the sap of maple trees. It is commonly used in baking, cooking, and confectionery to add a sweet, distinctive maple flavor to recipes. Maple extract is typically made by boiling maple syrup to remove the water and concentrate the flavor.

The resulting syrup is then further processed to remove any impurities and produce a clear, concentrated extract. Maple extract can be used in a variety of recipes, including cakes, cookies, candies, ice cream, and beverages, to add a rich, sweet flavor reminiscent of maple syrup. It is a versatile ingredient that is particularly popular in recipes that call for a distinct maple flavor, such as pancakes and waffles.

1. Homemade Maple Extract

The best substitute for maple extract is to make your own Homemade Maple Extract. If you have some maple syrup and vodka you can easily make your own.

2. Imitation Maple Extract

Imitation maple extract is a flavoring that is designed to mimic the taste of natural maple syrup or maple extract. Unlike natural maple extract, which is made from real maple sap, imitation maple extract is typically made from a combination of artificial flavorings. It can also be used as a substitute for natural maple extract in recipes that call for a maple flavor.

3. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup can be used as a substitute for maple extract in most recipes. It is a natural sweetener made from the sap of maple trees, and it has a similar flavor to maple extract, although it is less concentrated. To substitute maple extract with maple syrup, use 1 teaspoon of maple syrup for every 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract called for in the recipe.

4. Maple Sugar

If you want to use maple sugar in place of maple extract, you can try dissolving it in a small amount of hot water. Use about 1/4 cup of hot liquid for every 1/4 cup of maple sugar. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep in mind that this method may change the texture or consistency of the recipe

5. Maple Honey

To use maple honey as a substitute for maple extract in a recipe, you can try diluting it with a small amount of liquid. Mix 1 tablespoon of maple honey with 1 tablespoon of hot water, stirring until the honey has dissolved. This will create a syrup with a consistency similar to maple extract that can be used in recipes.

6. Molasses

Molasses can be used as a flavor enhancer in recipes that call for maple extract. It’s great in baked goods such as gingerbread, where its robust flavor can complement the other spices in the recipe. To use molasses as a flavor enhancer, add a small amount to the recipe. Use about 1 to 2 tablespoons, and adjust the other liquid and sweetener ingredients in the recipe accordingly. Keep in mind that the resulting flavor may be quite different from using maple extract

7. Pancake Syrup

If you want to use pancake syrup as a substitute for maple extract, use it in the same quantity called for in the recipe. However, keep in mind that pancake syrup is often sweeter than maple extract. You may need to adjust the amount of sweetener in the recipe to avoid over-sweetening the dish.

8. Other Extracts

While no extract can perfectly replicate the unique flavor of maple extract, some options for substitutes include vanilla extract, butterscotch extract, caramel extract, and almond extract. Each has a distinct flavor profile. They can add sweetness and depth to the dish, but adjustments to other ingredients may be necessary to achieve the desired flavor.

Maple extract in a bottle.

Homemade Maple Extract

If you don't have maple extract on hand or can't find it in your local grocery store, here are some Maple Extract Substitutes. You could also easily make your own.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Storage Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days 5 minutes
Servings: 4 ounces
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • Mason Jar with Lid
  • Mesh Sieve or cheesecloth



  • Pour in the vodka. Add the vodka or other neutral spirit to the jar. The alcohol will help to extract the flavor from the maple syrup.
  • Add the maple syrup. Pour the maple syrup into the mason jar.
  • Shake regularly during storage. Shake the jar vigorously to mix the ingredients together. Store the jar in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard. Shake the jar once a day for the first week to help distribute the flavor.
  • Strain. After two to four weeks, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any sediment or solids. Pour the maple extract into a clean bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Label the bottle with the date and the contents.


  • Use high-quality ingredients. Use high-quality maple syrup for the best flavor. Grade B syrup is a good choice, as it has a strong maple flavor. Choose a neutral spirit, such as vodka or grain alcohol, for the best results. The alcohol should be at least 80 proof.
  • Shake it. Shake the jar once a day for the first week to help distribute the flavor.
  • Make the flavor stronger. If you prefer a stronger flavor, you can add more maple syrup or let the mixture steep for a longer period of time.

Storage Information

Homemade maple extract should be stored in a clean, airtight container, such as a glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. It’s important to choose a container that is made of a material that will not react with the extract, such as glass or food-grade plastic.
Store the container in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard. Avoid storing the extract in direct sunlight or in a place where it will be exposed to heat, as this can cause the flavor to degrade over time.
When stored properly, homemade maple extract can last for several months to a year. However, it’s a good idea to check the extract periodically for any signs of spoilage or off-flavors. If the extract starts to smell or taste off, it should be discarded and a new batch should be made.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 91mg | Sugar: 24g | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.05mg
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