A selection of small cookies dotted with pecan nuts, with a cup of coffee on the side

Maple pecan cookies

  • makes 12
  • Easy

Celebrate the classic North American condiment, maple syrup, in this easy cookie recipe. Dot with pecan nuts and serve with a cup of coffee for a moreish afternoon nibble


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  • salted butter 150g, softened
  • soft light brown sugar 125g
  • maple syrup 90ml
  • egg 1, lightly beaten
  • mixed spice a pinch
  • plain flour 280g
  • baking powder ½ tsp
  • pecan halves 100g, 12 left whole, the rest chopped


  • Step 1

    Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until well combined. Whisk in the maple syrup, egg and mixed spice.

  • Step 2

    Fold in the flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and the chopped pecans to make a dough. Cover and chill for 1 hour to firm up.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.

  • Step 4

    Roll tablespoons of the mixture in your hands to form walnut- sized balls and put on the prepared trays, well spaced apart to allow for spreading. Flatten a little with the palm of your hand to stop them rolling.

  • Step 5

    Press a pecan into the middle of each cookie ball. Bake, in batches if you need to, for 12-14 minutes or until golden, crisp on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre. Leave to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 325
  • Fat 19g
  • Saturates 7.4g
  • Carbs 33.6g
  • Sugars 15.1g
  • Fibre 1.6g
  • Protein 4.2g
  • Salt 0.3g