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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 Brewster, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen


  • 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
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 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


  • 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 and fluffy. Beat in maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Top each with a pecan half.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 308 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • jalo1951
    Oct 30, 2016

    This is a wonderful way to enjoy the taste of maple. I have made these at Christmas for the past few years and will continue to do so. I give a lot of baked goods as gifts and everyone just loves these. I dropped the white chips and either add a cup of chopped pecans to the batter or when I frost them I dip them in chopped pecans. Everyone does the usual Christmas cookies such as sugar, spritz, almond and chocolate chip. And that's fine, I do too. But something a bit different is a nice addition to a gift basket of goodies. Easy to follow recipe, fantastic taste and presentation makes for a real winner.

  • pickbet5239
    Jan 23, 2013

    We thought these were very good. I wondered about adding some salt but found they didn't need it. I didn't frost them since they were very sweet without it and we're dieting, we have to cut some calories if at all possible. ; ) Next time I might leave out the Vanilla Chips and just add chopped walnuts. I certainly will make them again.

  • argyllca
    Nov 21, 2012

    A fall favorite in our house, and seriously my all time favorite cookie ever!! This cookie is ridiculously amazing!

  • newrecipejunkie
    Jun 26, 2012

    After reading all the rave reviews, I hesitate to write this one, but everyone has different opinions. I thought these cookies were way too sweet.I didn't want to buy maple extract as I had pure maple syrup in the fridge which I used. That may have been part of the problem. But the frosting was soooo sweet too. If I make them again, I might the frosting.

  • Karen J
    Nov 19, 2011

    My husband's favorite!

  • joniotto
    Nov 7, 2011

    These cookies are one of my family's favorites and the recipe is among my most requested! (There are usually several cookies "missing" before I even have a chance to frost them!) :) Great recipe!

  • lgrl8
    Oct 6, 2011

    No comment left

  • trachtmj
    Jul 19, 2011

    These were a huge hit at a July 4th party, they all disappeared. My husband loves them. Am making them again for my book club, but my grocer had no vanilla chips, so I am trying them with butterscotch chips. What could be bad!

  • gail ann
    May 28, 2011

    I love maple. I really love these cookies.

  • lrsauder
    Mar 22, 2011

    Delicious once I added 1/2 t. salt