Maple Pecan Refrigerator Cookies

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With their maply goodness, these treats are very New England–but with a Southern twist, thanks to pecans’ nutty flavor. They’re easy to make and can be stored in the freezer until needed. They’re not super-sweet, but they’re very buttery. For the best maple flavor, use grade B syrup if you can find it, or grade A dark amber will do.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • * 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • * 1/2 cup sugar
  • * 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • * 1 large egg yolk
  • * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • * 2 cups flour
  • * 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

With a standing mixer, beat butter until creamy (about 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat sugar in gradually. Add syrup, yolk, and vanilla. Blend in flour and pecans. Divide dough in half. Place one half on a sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Shape into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Cover and refrigerate. Repeat with second half. Refrigerate until firm (or freeze for later). Heat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough into 1/2-inch rounds. Bake on ungreased baking sheets until golden (about 20-25 minutes). 

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