Personally, I view recipes as suggestions. I may follow them the first time, but I always make changes and make them my own.
Feel free to do the same with these.
I always use maple syrup instead of sugar, not only does it taste great, but it's very nutritious.
Use the best, and buy local when you can, that's why I only use Boxler's Pure Maple Syrup, you can order at BoxlerMaple.com
Always use REAL maple syrup, because life is too short for fake maple syrup!