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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
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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  • Louise
    Dec 21, 2020

    The recipe is in complete. I rolled the dough to the width of the wax paper (12 inches). I ignored the 3” info. I took the bottom edge to the middle and the top edge to middle. I then cut the dough in two at the middle. Then cut each section into one inch strips. It makes 24. I also added a tablespoon of maple syrup to dough and frosting. It needed extra maple. I also spread the butter and pecans to edge. My husband now says these are his favorites. If you love maple, this is the cookie for you!

  • ssmeal
    Jan 31, 2019

    I agree that these instructions are not complete. What is the size of the rectangle - 18 inches by 9 inches? That would make them really thick.

  • Ceege
    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
    Mar 23, 2012

    I love this recipe - also very good when walnuts are substituted for the pecans.

  • Chris0068
    Jan 1, 2010

    instructions are very hard to understand

  • angelasandoval
    Mar 3, 2008

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