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Maple Pecan Cookies Recipe

Maple Pecan Cookies Recipe

When I bake cookies for the annual youth ski trip, I try at least one new recipe. When I received recipe requests for these frosted goodies, I knew I had a winner.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:42 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in white chips and pecans.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • 3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar, maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost each cookie with 1 teaspoon frosting; top with a pecan half. Yield: 7 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 265 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Maple Pecan Cookies

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PapaBear1975 User ID: 8001255 150642
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Back in the late 1990's while I was still in college, my grandma would make these cookies for me, along with a container of her gingersnaps and sugar cookies. For many years I kept a pair of round tins in which I would take the empty ones over, and she would have two more for me full of cookies. She always put her cookies in the freezer in Tupperware containers, lovingly placed on layers of wax paper. And thus I always enjoyed her creations frozen.....sort of like eating frozen Snickers bars. So these maple pecan cookies were hands down my favorite that she made, and I always wondered where she had gotten the recipe. I let grandma keep this recipe a secret from me for many years, and the cookie tin exchange continued until a few years ago until her health restricted her baking/cooking activities. Sadly, this summer she passed away, but behind the tears were the memories. SO I asked while I was talking with my aunt who lives out of state if grandma ever made these cookies for them when her and grampa visited them....and she not only told me that she did, but also had the recipe from an issue of Taste of Home magazine. Being the internet savvy grandson that I am, I came here and found it! Though the cookies may not have turned out exactly the same, the memories of my grandma through the final product were priceless. They were a lot more work than what I am used to, but I know that the extra effort on my grandmother's part was from her love for me as her grandson. And in tradition I too have put mine in the freezer to be enjoyed for the many weeks ahead:-)!"

nealdowntome User ID: 7649028 133763
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"These were so good!They even tasted delicious without icing"

mamaflag User ID: 7043972 155377
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Delicious! Kids love them. Will make again."

amorina User ID: 5508577 207373
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"they are soooo yummy, people just went crazy on these cookies, i have to think about it, if i will share this wonderful receipe lol ;o)"

bowzer70 User ID: 752633 72615
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"I made these for my Christmas cookie trays this year and they were a hit...I loved them too!"

cwickern User ID: 3208987 67258
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2008

"These are delicious, pretty, and perfect for Autumn!"

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