Maple syrup is a healthier option than processed sugars and artificial flavorings. Typically, you can substitute maple syrup for sugar in most recipes. Just use 3/4 cup of maple syrup for each cup of sugar. When baking, reduce a liquid ingredient by 3 tablespoons for each cup of maple syrup used. It is a good idea to turn your oven temperature down about 25 degrees from the original cooking temperature when trading maple syrup for sugar in a recipe. This is because the maple syrup caramelizes at a lower temperature than sugar does.