Maple Pecan Shortbread

A delicious spin on classic shortbread cookies - these are light and buttery with the crunch of pecans and the hint of maple. They make the perfect holiday dessert treat for gift-giving.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 40 min
  • Servings 40

Ingredients

1
cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4
cup maple sugar or granulated sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 3/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/4
cup coarse sugar
40
pecan halves, if desired
3
tablespoons real maple syrup

  • 1 In large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup of the maple sugar, the vanilla and salt with electric mixer on medium speed 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. On low speed, gradually add flour, beating just until blended. Stir in chopped pecans.
  • 2 Shape dough into 11x2-inch log. Mix remaining 1/4 cup maple sugar and coarse sugar; roll dough log in sugar mixture, pressing lightly to coat. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Unwrap dough; cut into 40 (1/4-inch) slices. On ungreased cookie sheets, place slices 1 inch apart. Top each slice with pecan half.
  • 4 Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks to cool completely. Brush cookies with maple syrup. Let stand until dry.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.