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row after row of maple pecan shortbread cookies on a black baking rack.

Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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  • Author: Emma Lee
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Resting Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 28 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Melt-in-your-mouth glazed Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies. For me, It wouldn’t be Christmas without a homemade pecan shortbread recipe.


  • 40 g golden castor sugar
  • 40 g maple sugar
  • 150 g butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 180 g plain flour
  • 20 g cornflour
  • 50 g pecans (finely chopped)
  • 30 whole pecan bits
  • 1/2 c pure icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup


  1. In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars. Mix on a low speed until just combined.
  2. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup. Again, mix on a low speed until combined, (roughly 10 seconds)
  3. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the cornflour and half of the flour. With a wooden spoon, gently incorporate the flour into the butter mixture. Repeat with remaining flour until all the flour has been incorporated into the dough.
  4. Add the chopped pecan bits and gently mix them into the dough.
  5. We are looking for a sticky dough, but it shouldn’t stick to your hand when rolling together in your hands. Scoop out dough into your hands roughly one teaspoon of dough at a time
  6. Roll together into a ball and place on a tray or Silpat. Make sure there is sufficient space between dough balls. Press a whole pecan kernel into the center. This will also cause the dough to spread a little and shape into cookies. Pop into the fridge for 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 160°c
  8. Remove the pecan maple cookies from the fridge and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and pop on a wire rack to cool.
  9. In a small bowl sift the icing sugar. Add the maple syrup and stir to combine into a glossy glaze.
  10. With a pastry brush, paint the top of each cookie with the glaze and leave to cool.


Want to amp up the maple flavour? After glazing, sprinkle each cookie with a little additional maple sugar.