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Vanilla Chip Maple Cookies

 Vanilla Chip Maple Cookies
Since my husband farms, I try to have simple meals and snacks available, as I never know when he and his father will come in from the fields. These cookies have a distinct maple flavor and stay moist and soft, although they're never in my cookie jar for long! —Debra Hogenson
42 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 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 King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3-1/2 cups pecan halves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and brown sugar until
  • light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and maple flavoring.
  • Combine the flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture
  • and mix well. Stir in vanilla chips and pecans.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light

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Vanilla Chip Maple Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and fluffy. Beat in maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve
  • spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Top each with a pecan
  • half. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 308 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 108 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.