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Butter Pecan Cookies: A Decadent Holiday Treat Grandma Would Love

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Butter pecan cookies Credits: Jeanne Moreno / TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove
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CEDAR GROVE, NJ —  My grandmother loved butter. She cooked in nothing but it, she was fond of melba toast lathered in the stuff, her favorite candy was butter crunch, her favorite cookie was a pecan sandy and her favorite ice cream was butter pecan.

So this year, I went in search of a cookie that reminded me of my Grandma who passed away just a month shy of her 98th birthday.  These butter pecan cookies are a decadent holiday treat that I know my Gram would have loved.

Ingredients

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For the cookie:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup chopped pecans

For the maple butter cream:

1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. heavy cream
Chopped pecans, for decorating

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until combined, then add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in chopped pecans.
  • Spoon tablespoon scoops onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.
  • Make frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined, then add maple syrup and heavy cream and beat until creamy. (If the frosting is too thin, beat in more powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time.)
  • Frost cookies and decorate with more pecans.

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