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Maple Pecan Twists

 Maple Pecan Twists
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.
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 18-in. rectangle.

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Maple Pecan Twists (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over
  • twists. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 209 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 203 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.