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Maple Pecan Shortbread – Kooky Cooky Challenge

I have only recently started to like the flavor of pecans.  I know it’s weird but I just have never been a fan of nuts.  To this day I still dislike walnuts…yuck!  Luckily since I now enjoy pecans I enjoyed these delicious cookies.  They had a hint of maple flavor and the perfect cookie crunch.  I froze a little bag of these cookies and they froze beautifully.  My plan is  to make them again and freeze them for my Christmas cookie trays.

The only thing I changed about this recipe was leaving out the maple flavoring. I did not have any in the house and was not about to run out and try and find some. I used a little more maple syrup instead and made sure to use Grade B.  It has more maple flavor than Grade A…in my opinion 🙂 Enjoy!

Maple Pecan Sandies:

2 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1/2 C. cake flour (not self-rising)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C. pecan halves – finally chopped
24 whole pecan halves
2 sticks unslated butter – room temperature
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. maple sugar – Grade B
1 large egg yolk
1/4 t. pure maple extract
1 large egg – light beaten
Turbinado sugar – for sprinkling

Into a medium bowl, sift flours and salt. Whisk in 1/2 cup chopped pecans, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and light, about one minute. Add the maple syrup, egg yolk, and extract; beat on medium speed until well combined. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Dough should be smooth and pliable. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm, 1 1/2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out rounds using a two-inch cookie cutter; place one inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg; sprinkle centers with remaining 1/4 cup pecans. Sprinkle the entire surface with turbinado sugar.

Bake cookies, rotating baking sheet halfway through, until golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to four days.

Source: Martha Stewart

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51 responses »

  1. Oh, these look crazy delicious!! One of my favorite flavor combinations!

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  2. Oh, they are pretty!! And I love nuts…and I would go nuts…over these. (forgive my stupidity, I like to amuse myself) I’m bookmarking with all the intentions of making them 😀 p.s…I received my winning today….so cool…thanks again!

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  3. I love pecan sandies and I think adding the flavor of maple is a great idea! And I completely agree with you about Grade A vs. Grade B maple syrup…for some reason, B’s so much more maple-y, and better in my book too! 😉

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  4. O.O

    How pretty! They’ll look so perfect on your holiday cookie platter!… and I didn’t know that about grade a/grade b maple syrup.

    You’ve got me trying to think of recipes that will sway your opinion on walnuts.

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  5. Oh good grief, maple pecan shortbread, sounds like it could become my new favorite cookie, so delish!

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  6. What a pretty little cookie. I love maple and this seems like a perfect cookie tray cookie. Wish I had a few right now!

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  7. Sweet!!! Love this!!! Pecans are one of my favorite nuts. There’s just something to the taste that makes them so good. Bookmarked.

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  8. Those look awesome! And what beautiful pictures!
    ~Liz

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  9. These look so buttery and golden to perfection-YUM!

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  10. these treats look stunning!! MMMMMMM,….just pure indulgence!

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  11. Those are beautiful! I love pecans, could munch on them all day 🙂

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  12. I love pecan sandies. These look fantastic. If eating all these nut-based cookies becomes too much for you, i know of a housewife who can help you 😉 *kisses* HH

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  13. These look like they would just melt in your mouth! How scrumptious! Haha walnuts are my favorite nut! I love them in baked goods.

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    • I know it’s so crazy to hate walnuts. I swear everyone I know loves them. My dad eats them like they are going out of style.

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  14. Best flavor combination! I am excited to make these!

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  15. Homemade pecan sandies with maple – wow that sounds good!

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  16. Came over from girli chef, I was intrigued by your comment. A pastry cef and a tattoo artist? It makes sense, pastry is definately an art form. I love your blog and will be back!

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  17. Those look amazing. You’re such a good baker!

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  18. These look delicious, and I’ll take anything with pecans.

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  19. I’ve just recently started liking nuts and still don’t like walnuts too! These cookie look like something I would love too!

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  20. Ciao ! Yours are works of art , so beautiful !!

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  21. These cookies look absolutely lovely. The flavors and the textures…Just out of this world. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. you know, i’m not particularly crazy about pecans either, but these little nibblies look extremely appetizing. nicely done!

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  23. They are a beautiful looking cookie and a great pic! The flavor just sounds delicious!

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  24. Talking about looking good, I could eat a dozen of these!!

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  25. I love anything with maple. Anything!! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing. Great blog!

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  26. Hello. I stopped by as I saw your name “nutmeg nanny” on another blog and though..I LOVE that name…well, I LOVE your blog..what wonderful recipes you have here!!! I’ll be a regular visitor from now on.

    Take care, Doreen

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  27. What gorgeous cookies – perfect for the season!

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  28. I absolutely love the picture… and the cookies look great! Question – do you freeze them before or after baking?

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    • I froze them after I baked them but I don’t see why they would not turn out if you did it before baking. Since they were such a crunchy cookie I didn’t think it would really affect the texture by doing it after they were cooked.

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  29. These sound scrumptious with maple flavor & pecans on top!

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  30. Oh my word….maple syrup, pecans, cookie…nothing left to say

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  31. Um, maple and pecan are a match made in heaven. Thx for the reminder — will be going on my christmas cookie roster!
    Molly

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  32. Maple shortbread is a great idea!

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  33. These look and sound fantastic. I have just discovered in the last year how much I love maple. It all started when I got a great spinach salad with maple vinaigrette recipe from another blogger. You just never know where blogging will lead! These cookies look like they’d be a great addition to a Christmas cookie tray 🙂

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  34. These look so yummy! I’d been looking for a great pecan cookie recipe and I think I’ve found it! Can’t wait to give these a try.

    P.S. Your photos are great!

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