Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vanilla Maple Pecan Cookies

This recipe belongs to a dear old friend.  I've been thinking about these cookies for quite some time but didn't have an excuse to make them until my girlfriend at church asked me to bring a batch of bars or cookies to share at our Christmas Eve Service.  And of course, I said "Yes"!

So, here they all their splendor!

Here is how to make them:

Vanilla Maple Pecan Cookies


1 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple flavoring (a little tricky to find, but it's out there!)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup margarine, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
4-6 Tablespoons milk
1/2 cup pecan halves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream the shortening, butter, and brown sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.  Gradually add to the creamed mixture.

Stir in the white chocolate chips and pecans.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto non-greased baking sheets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar.  Beat in maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency.  Frost cooled cookies and top each with a pecan half.

Note:  This recipe makes 7 dozen...yes, about 84 cookies so feel free to halve it if you need less.


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