Maple Pecan Cookies

It’s just about time to start on the Christmas baking around our house. I like to get started early and then freeze either cookies or dough. That way, I can do a few batches each week leading up to Christmas. Then, by the time Christmas rolls around, I’m all set and ready to go.

I’ve spent a few minutes over the past couple days writing out my cookie and candy list for this year. I always start out with huge aspirations but generally settle for being happy if I get to 75% of what I’d planned.

These cookies are my all-time favorite cookies. I only make them at Christmas time because I like keeping them as a special, once a year treat. Their flavor reminds me of pralines, without as much over-the-top sweetness.

Maple Pecan Cookies

  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 t. maple extract
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans

1. Cream together butter or margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and maple extract; mix for 2-3 minutes.

2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; whisk together. Slowly add to the butter mixture until completely mixed. Stir in the pecans.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

*Both the dough and the baked cookies can be frozen.

Do you do a lot of baking during the holidays? When do you get started? And I still have a little room on my list…what are your favorite Christmas cookies?

5 thoughts on “Maple Pecan Cookies

  1. I do make several cookies just at the holidays. After reading your post, it does amaze me that I only make these cookies once a year:

    Turtle bars (chocolate, carmel and pecans)
    Squirrel bars (sort of like peanut brittle on a shortbread crust)
    Spritz cookies (the butter cookies that you shape with a cookie press and then decorate with 9 million sprinkles)
    Strawberry balls (vanilla wafers, coconut and strawberry jello)
    Rum Balls
    Toffee Bars

    and a few more that I can’t remember…I guess I should write my list too.

    Great blog by the way!

  2. I make several kinds of cookies/candies during this time of year, but the one cookie that I absolutely have to make at Christmastime is the candy cane cookie. Brings back memories of my childhood and the Christmas season with extended family all-together. I haven’t started on any of it yet- funny how life gets in the way of things that I’d rather do! Merry Christmas!

  3. I love baking cookies for the holidays, but never seem to have the time anymore. My husband’s favorite is molassas cookies. I also have a wonderful butter/jam thumbprint cookie and chocolate peanut butter cookies that I love to make. I would love to try these cookies. Could you sub real maple syrup for the extract? Thanks!

  4. Made these and they tasted wonderful!

    Question: The dough was extrememly thick and the cookies did not flatten as cookies normally do in the oven. They were still in little balls! What can I add to make them do that? Milk? Water? More butter?

    I will make these again, but they didn’t LOOK as good as I wanted them to. Any suggestions?

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