Maple Pecan Twists

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.

Makes

about 2 dozen

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.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole 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 whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Directions

  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 18x3-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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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