martha’s maple pecan shortbread

what up friday?!

where have you been??

i wish you would come around more often.

and what a better way to celebrate friday than with another batch of martha’s cookie madness!

these are probably some of my favorites so far in this little adventure. i love me some maple and i’m a fan of pecans so i’ve been looking forward to these cookies since i decided i was going to do this challenge and planned out my weeks. and these cookies didn’t disappoint. they were deliciousness that wasn’t overly sweet, exactly what i think a shortbread cookie should be.

maple pecan shortbread

  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c cake flour (not self rising)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c pecan halves, finely chopped + 24 pecan halves for decorating
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temp
  • 1/4 tsp pure maple extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling
  1. in a medium bowl, sift together the flours and salt. whisk in the finely chopped pecans.
  2. beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. add the maple syrup, egg yolk and maple extract; beat until well combined. on low, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. flatten dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. chill until firm; 2 hours or overnight.
  3. preheat oven to 350F. line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  4. on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough disk to 1/4 in thick. cut out rounds with a 2 in cookie cutter. place the rounds 1 in apart on the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with the beaten egg; sprinkle the entire surface with the turbinado sugar. place a pecan half in the middle of each cookie.
  5. bake cookies until golden brown around the edges, 10 – 12 min. let cool completely on a wire cookie rack.

i do have to make a confession… while i did enjoy these, i like the brown sugar cookies with maple glaze better.


recipe from: martha stewart’s cookie cookbook


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