Maple Pecan Shortbread

These maple pecan shortbread cookies are perfect for fall. Full of maple flavor and pecans all rolled into a butter shortbread cookie.

These maple pecan shortbread cookies are perfect for fall. Full of maple flavor and pecans all rolled into a butter shortbread cookie.

I have only recently started to like the flavor of pecans.  I know it’s weird but I just have never been a fan of nuts.  To this day I still dislike walnuts…yuck!  Luckily since I now enjoy pecans I enjoyed these delicious cookies.  They had a hint of maple flavor and the perfect cookie crunch.  I froze a little bag of these cookies and they froze beautifully.  My plan is  to make them again and freeze them for my Christmas cookie trays.

The only thing I changed about this recipe was leaving out the maple flavoring. I did not have any in the house and was not about to run out and try and find some. I used a little more maple syrup instead and made sure to use Grade B.  It has more maple flavor than Grade A…in my opinion 🙂 Enjoy!

These maple pecan shortbread cookies are perfect for fall. Full of maple flavor and pecans all rolled into a butter shortbread cookie.


Maple Pecan Sandies

These maple pecan shortbread cookies are perfect for fall. Full of maple flavor and pecans all rolled into a butter shortbread cookie.


  • 2-1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, finally chopped
  • 24 whole pecan halves
  • 2 sticks unslated butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure maple extract
  • 1 large egg, light beaten
  • Turbinado sugar - for sprinkling


Into a medium bowl, sift flours and salt. Whisk in 1/2 cup chopped pecans, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and light, about one minute. Add the maple syrup, egg yolk, and extract; beat on medium speed until well combined. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Dough should be smooth and pliable. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm, 1-1/2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out rounds using a two-inch cookie cutter; place one inch apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg; sprinkle centers with remaining 1/4 cup pecans. Sprinkle the entire surface with turbinado sugar.

Bake cookies, rotating baking sheet halfway through, until golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to four days.

53 Responses to “Maple Pecan Shortbread”

  1. #
    CakeSpy — November 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Oh, these look crazy delicious!! One of my favorite flavor combinations!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

      Thanks! They are crazy delicious… 🙂

  2. #
    girlichef — November 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Oh, they are pretty!! And I love nuts…and I would go nuts…over these. (forgive my stupidity, I like to amuse myself) I’m bookmarking with all the intentions of making them 😀 p.s…I received my winning today….so cool…thanks again!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

      Hahaha…I hope you make them and enjoy them as much as I did. I’m glad you liked your gift 🙂

  3. #
    Faith — November 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I love pecan sandies and I think adding the flavor of maple is a great idea! And I completely agree with you about Grade A vs. Grade B maple syrup…for some reason, B’s so much more maple-y, and better in my book too! 😉

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

      The maple fit right in at home with the pecan sandies. Why I never did this before I don’t know.

  4. #
    Nicole — November 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm


    How pretty! They’ll look so perfect on your holiday cookie platter!… and I didn’t know that about grade a/grade b maple syrup.

    You’ve got me trying to think of recipes that will sway your opinion on walnuts.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

      Hahaha I don’t know about swaying my opinion on walnuts.

  5. #
    donna — November 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Oh good grief, maple pecan shortbread, sounds like it could become my new favorite cookie, so delish!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

      Thanks! I hope you like them 🙂

  6. #
    megan — November 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    What a pretty little cookie. I love maple and this seems like a perfect cookie tray cookie. Wish I had a few right now!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

      Thanks:) I love the little nut on top. It makes it look so festive!

  7. #
    jenn — November 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Sweet!!! Love this!!! Pecans are one of my favorite nuts. There’s just something to the taste that makes them so good. Bookmarked.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

      I hope you like them! Pecans are starting to grow on me….

  8. #
    Liz@HoosierHomemade — November 17, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Those look awesome! And what beautiful pictures!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the comments about my pictures. I’m slowly learning how to take better pictures.

  9. #
    Sue — November 18, 2009 at 12:25 am

    These look so buttery and golden to perfection-YUM!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:39 pm


  10. #
    Sophie — November 18, 2009 at 3:27 am

    these treats look stunning!! MMMMMMM,….just pure indulgence!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  11. #
    Amanda — November 18, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Those are beautiful! I love pecans, could munch on them all day 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

      Hahaha I’m beginning to think I’m the only person who does not like nuts…:)

  12. #
    Heavenly Housewife — November 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I love pecan sandies. These look fantastic. If eating all these nut-based cookies becomes too much for you, i know of a housewife who can help you 😉 *kisses* HH

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

      Jump the pond and come eat nuts in America…or is that go nuts in America………. 🙂

  13. #
    Reeni — November 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

    These look like they would just melt in your mouth! How scrumptious! Haha walnuts are my favorite nut! I love them in baked goods.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

      I know it’s so crazy to hate walnuts. I swear everyone I know loves them. My dad eats them like they are going out of style.

  14. #
    Julia — November 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Best flavor combination! I am excited to make these!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  15. #
    Jen — November 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Homemade pecan sandies with maple – wow that sounds good!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

      They are…I promise 🙂

  16. #
    sarah — November 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Came over from girli chef, I was intrigued by your comment. A pastry cef and a tattoo artist? It makes sense, pastry is definately an art form. I love your blog and will be back!

  17. #
    Blond Duck — November 18, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Those look amazing. You’re such a good baker!

  18. #
    southern hostess — November 18, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    These look delicious, and I’ll take anything with pecans.

  19. #
    Barbara — November 19, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I’ve just recently started liking nuts and still don’t like walnuts too! These cookie look like something I would love too!

  20. #
    natalia — November 19, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Ciao ! Yours are works of art , so beautiful !!

  21. #
    Velva — November 19, 2009 at 11:59 am

    These cookies look absolutely lovely. The flavors and the textures…Just out of this world. Thanks for sharing.

  22. #
    grace — November 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    you know, i’m not particularly crazy about pecans either, but these little nibblies look extremely appetizing. nicely done!

  23. #
    Debbie — November 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    They are a beautiful looking cookie and a great pic! The flavor just sounds delicious!

  24. #
    April — November 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Talking about looking good, I could eat a dozen of these!!

  25. #
    Sandy — November 19, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I love anything with maple. Anything!! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing. Great blog!

  26. #
    Doreen Frost — November 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hello. I stopped by as I saw your name “nutmeg nanny” on another blog and though..I LOVE that name…well, I LOVE your blog..what wonderful recipes you have here!!! I’ll be a regular visitor from now on.

    Take care, Doreen

  27. #
    Cakelaw — November 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    What gorgeous cookies – perfect for the season!

  28. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I absolutely love the picture… and the cookies look great! Question – do you freeze them before or after baking?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 19th, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

      I froze them after I baked them but I don’t see why they would not turn out if you did it before baking. Since they were such a crunchy cookie I didn’t think it would really affect the texture by doing it after they were cooked.

  29. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — November 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    These sound scrumptious with maple flavor & pecans on top!

  30. #
    Kitchen Butterfly — November 21, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Oh my word….maple syrup, pecans, cookie…nothing left to say

  31. #
    molly — November 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Um, maple and pecan are a match made in heaven. Thx for the reminder — will be going on my christmas cookie roster!

  32. #
    Kevin — November 29, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Maple shortbread is a great idea!

  33. #
    lynn — December 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    These look and sound fantastic. I have just discovered in the last year how much I love maple. It all started when I got a great spinach salad with maple vinaigrette recipe from another blogger. You just never know where blogging will lead! These cookies look like they’d be a great addition to a Christmas cookie tray 🙂

  34. #
    Kocinera — August 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    These look so yummy! I’d been looking for a great pecan cookie recipe and I think I’ve found it! Can’t wait to give these a try.

    P.S. Your photos are great!

  35. #
    Truthspew — July 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Well – I’ve tried both grades, A and B and I have to say it, Grade B is much sweeter.


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