Maple Pecan Twists Recipe
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Maple Pecan Twists Recipe

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These sweet treats are one of my most requested recipes for special occasions. Maple flavor is prominent in both the dough and icing of these tasty twists.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • ICING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 209 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 203mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in maple flavoring. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 18-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter to within 1/2 in of edges. Sprinkle with pecans. Fold one short side of dough a third of the way over filling; fold the other short side over the top, forming an 18-in. x 3-in. rectangle. Cut into 3/4 in. strips; twist each strip twice.
  3. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over twists. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Maple Pecan Twists in Country Extra November 2004, p49

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Ceege User ID: 730520 99673
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"The instructions for this recipe is not complete. A rectangle is an uneven box. So if one dimension is 18" then what is the shorter dimension. Is it possibly 9" since the final size is 18" x 3" AFTER rolling up the dough into 3rds?? Is the original size to be 18 x 9? Please clarify."

nickknack User ID: 5849014 99670
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"I love this recipe - also very good when walnuts are substituted for the pecans."

Chris0068 User ID: 1922770 207096
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"instructions are very hard to understand"

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