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Vanilla Chip Maple Cookies

Since my husband farms, I try to have simple meals and snacks available, as I never know when he and his father will come in from the fields. These cookies have a distinct maple flavor and stay moist and soft, although they're never in my cookie jar for long! —Debra Hogenson Brewster, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3-1/2 cups pecan halves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and maple flavoring. Combine the flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla chips and pecans.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Top each with a pecan half.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 308 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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