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Maple Pecan Twists Recipe

Maple Pecan Twists Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Maple Pecan Twists

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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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