1/26/08

Maple Pecan Cookies

Remember when I told you how awesome my Molasses Cookies were and how you shouldn't pass them up just because the name 'molasses cookie' sounded so boring and something only the elderly could like? Well... I was right then and I'm right now. Another cookie I hope you don't pass up because it's a 'boring' Maple Pecan Cookie. I know I know! I think of a 87 year old man enjoying these cookies too... and honestly, in all my life I would have passed them up myself thinking "I don't really care for maple flavored things.... cookies, fudge, etc." but these really are good!

Maple Pecan Cookies

2 sticks real butter, soft
1/2 c sugar
1 egg yolk
3 T pancake syrup (real or imitation flavor)
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t mapeline (maple) flavoring
2 c flour
1 c chopped pecans

In a bowl beat the butter until pale. Gradually add the sugar until creamy. Add the pancake syrup, egg yolk, vanilla and maple flavoring. Add the flour and pecans. Spoon or scoop into walnut sized balls and flatten with your palms to about 1/2 inch thick cookies. Place on parchment lined baking sheets or lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 approximately 12-15 minutes. Every oven is different and the time will vary based on the thickness you've made the cookie so judge accordingly. You will want the edges to be just turning golden brown and the center of the cookie to be barely 'set'. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes to set up and then transfer to a rack to cool.
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