Maple Pecan Sugar Cookies

Maple Pecan Sugar Cookies are the just the thing to be eating while we talk about the elephant in the room: here in Arizona, much of the state doesn’t in fact get the cherished fall season. We go from a hot season to a less-hot-than-summer season to spring and then, yes, back to a hot season. We don’t pass Fall, Winter or anything that will want to make us pull out the sweaters and celebrate with a warm bowl of chili. Nope. Doesn’t happen. So how we experience autumn is through all the yummy foods we can create to trick our minds into thinking we have Fall.

So that’s why we are eating Maple Pecan Sugar Cookies.  It has the crunch, the sweet, the cinnamon, and all together, it has autumn in every bite.

Here’s some tips on assembling these cookies.

  • First, bake the crumble. It uses the lowest oven temp, which makes sense why you would bake it first, plus…plus….everyone needs something to snack on while making the dough.
  • Next, make the Sugar Cookie dough. And if you really want to make these a show stopper, add crumble to the cookie dough!  When they bite into the cookie and get little crunchy bits of texture, it’s quite the party in your mouth. Try it.
  • Finally, make the glaze. A scant one-quarter teaspoon of maple extract flavoring goes a long way — a very long way. It’s potent, which is what makes it delicious. You could also omit the maple and add a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg instead. Just a suggestion.

Maple Pecan Crumble Cookies

If this doesn't scream Fall, we don't know what does.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Sugar Cookie

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-2 cups Pecan Oat Crumble (recipe below)

Pecan Oat Crumble

  • 75 grams old fashioned oats (approximately 3/4 cup)
  • 55 grams brown sugar (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 30 grams all purpose flour (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Maple Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 /4 tsp. maple extract
  • 2-5 Tbsp. milk Add milk, until a runny consistency.

Instructions
 

For Crumble

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, room temp butter, cinnamon, salt and chopped pecans in bowl of mixer with paddle attachment attached. Mix on low, until crumble is just combined.
  • Spread onto baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool completely before storing in a air tight container in refrigerator.

Sugar Cookie

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat.
  • In stand mixer with flat paddle attachment, beat together sugar and butter for 3-5 minutes. To this, add milk and whipping cream,1/4 cup at a time. Once mixture is smooth, add in the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine. Add this to the butter/cream mixture. Once incorporated, start adding flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each. Add until dough starts pulling away from the bowl.
  • Using a size 20 cookie scoop, place mounds onto prepared sheet. (I used a 20 scoop and got 22 cookies from the batch.) Bake for 8-10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cookies will be light-colored when done. Let cool on clean dry surface before icing.

Maple Glaze

  • Combine powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. milk into a bowl. Add more milk a tablespoon at a time, until mixture becomes smooth. You don't want it to thick or too runny. Add flavored extract.

Putting It All Together

  • Once crumble and cookies are baked and cool, and icing is made, it's time to assemble!
  • Take cookie and spread with maple icing, and while icing is still wet, sprinkle with Pecan Oat Crumble. Once icing is set (hardened), store in an airtight container.
Keyword cookies, crumble, sugar cookies

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