- 1 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 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 vanilla or white chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 4 to 6 tablespoons milk
- 3-1/2 cups pecan halves
- In a mixing bowl, cream the shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring. Combine the flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. 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 mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Top each with a pecan half. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Reviews forVanilla Chip Maple Cookies
"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."
"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."
"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."
"My husband's favorite!"
"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!"
"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!"
"I love maple. I really love these cookies."
"Delicious once I added 1/2 t. salt"