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Maple Pecan Cookies

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
  • Makes
    7 dozen

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 all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 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

Directions

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