Maple Pecan Shortbread Recipe!

Hello lovelies,

Ok, if your a reader of my blog and you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that shortbread is an absolute FAV in this household, especially with my mum.

So, when I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across a recipe for Maple Pecan shortbread ( full credit to: ) you best believe I was making it ASAP.

There’s nothing I love more than experimenting with different ingredients in shortbread. Pecans have become a favourite of mine to bake with this autumn so I thought the two together would be a match made in heaven. Guess what? It sure was a match.

Then there’s the maple syrup topping… oh my days what a beautiful creation. Maple syrup and pecans is a perfect combination anyway but the pair of them added to shortbread.. wow just wow! Need I say more.

I honestly think if you’ve got a sweet tooth or want to amp up your shortbread this autumn, this is the recipe for you.

Category: Sweet Treat

Serves: 24

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 Minutes

Decorating Time: 20 Minutes

Overall Time: 47 Minutes

Equipment You Need:

  • One Leaf Cookie Cutter

Ingredients You Need For Shortbread:

  • 8oz Of Unsalted Butter
  • 4oz Of Caster Sugar
  • 12oz Of Plain Flour
  • 80g Of Pecans, Chopped Finely
  • 2tsp Of Vanilla Extract

Ingredients For Candid Pecans:

  • 70g Of Pecans
  • 2tbsp Of Maple Syrup

Ingredients You Need For Decorating:

  • 30g Of Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 120ml Of Maple Syrup
  • 130g Of Icing Sugar

How To Make Shortbread:

  • Firstly, gather together your ingredients and equipment, line two baking trays with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 190C / 170C Fan / Gas Mark 5.
  • Secondly, in a large bowl, beat together the 4oz of caster sugar with the 8oz of unsalted butter until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in your 2tbsp of vanilla essence and 80g of chopped pecans.
  • Next, slowly add in your 12oz of flour. (TIP: if it resembles breadcrumbs and not a dough, add in a splash of milk and bind it together).
  • Once a dough has been formed, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to around a 1cm thickness.
  • Using a leaf shaped cutter, cut out your shortbreads and place them onto the baking trays.
  • Place the shortbread in the oven for around 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Once the shortbread are baked, allow to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

How To Make Candid Pecans:

  • Next, in a medium sized bowl, toss your 70g of pecans with the 2tbsp of maple syrup.
  • Once tossed together, place the pecans onto a baking tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • When the 10 minutes is up, take the pecans out the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before using a large knife to chop the pecans into small pieces.

How To Decorate:

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the 30g of melted butter, 120ml of maple syrup and 130g of icing sugar until fully combined and smooth (TIP: if the glaze is too runny, add some more icing sugar to thicken the mixture. If the glaze is too thick, add a splash of milk to loosen the mixture)
  • Once you’ve made your mixture, dip the shortbread face down into the mixture and gently lift up, letting the excess glaze drip off.
  • Finally, sprinkle over the candid pecans.

That’s your Maple Pecan Shortbread prepared, baked, decorated and ready for you to demolish!

I’m proper chuffed with the way these turned out, are these not just the perfect cookie for autumn? I think the little leaf shapes are so damn cute.

Let me know if you end up making these yourself and if you do, what your thoughts were on them. Did you enjoy as much as we did?

Sending you all tons of love and hugs as always,

Elle xo



  1. October 7, 2021 / 11:49 am

    This looks yummy, I haven’t tried it yet before. It would be interesting to make it. Thank you for sharing!

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:35 am

      These are super yummy! I absolutely love the maple and pecan paired together. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  2. October 7, 2021 / 1:11 pm

    I absolutely love shortbread, but I’m not a fan of pecans, so I may have to try this recipe without them

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:36 am

      Ugh shortbread is the best isn’t it? Defo take the pecans away and make with just the maple syrup – that will be super yummy too. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  3. October 7, 2021 / 2:33 pm

    I love maple syrup so these sound delicious! My auntie brought us a big bottle of it from Canada a few years ago and we’ve still got lots left aha. I’ll have to make these :) x

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:37 am

      It’s the best isn’t it? Oh wow, I bet your Canadian maple syrup is amazing! These are so delicious. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  4. October 7, 2021 / 7:35 pm

    Lovely recipe! These look absolutely delicious, although I’m not sure if I would like the topping. Perhaps I’ll make these anyway and try one with the topping to see what I think before doing the rest! Thanks for sharing x

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:38 am

      You can totally skip the topping if you’d prefer and just have the shortbread – that by itself is super delicious! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  5. October 8, 2021 / 8:49 am

    These sound amazing and have had my mouth watering at the thought. I’m a huge shortbread lover too.

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:39 am

      Shortbread is just the best isn’t it? Our household absolutely loves it. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  6. October 8, 2021 / 9:45 am

    For some reason I thought shortbread was really complicated to make, but you’ve made it sound so do-able! I love all things fall, so these cookies are right up my alley! :)

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:40 am

      Honestly, it’s not hard at all, it’s actually the easiest cookie to make I’d say. So quick and always tastes so delicious! Ah I’m exactly the same, I just love autumn, it’s my favourite time of year for sure. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  7. October 8, 2021 / 10:53 am

    Awww these look so adorable! Where did you get that cute leave cookie cutter? I love shortbread so much. Seriously, come Christmas I will be raiding your blog for all of your yummy recipes. :)

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 8, 2021 / 11:43 am

      I believe I got it from Amazon, I can’t seem to find my exact one to link for you but if you just type in ‘leaf cookie cutter’ plenty will come up! shortbread is just amazing isn’t it? Ooo I’ve got some amazing Christmas bakes starting soon *wink wink*. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  8. October 8, 2021 / 11:47 am

    I am obsessed with shortbreads so this is an absolute must-try! They sound easy to make and honestly fell in love with the look x

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 14, 2021 / 11:19 am

      It’s just delicious isn’t it? I honestly think you’ll love these, they are super yummy. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  9. October 9, 2021 / 11:22 am

    Maple syrup and pecans – YES! You can’t beat a shortbread either. This sounds like a lovely treat with a cuppa! x

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 14, 2021 / 11:21 am

      Ugh it’s just the best combo isn’t it? shortbread is just delicious, it’s a favourite in my household! I must say, I bet this is the best cuppa tea biscuit. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 14, 2021 / 11:21 am

      It really is yummy! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  10. lynnmumbingmejia
    October 12, 2021 / 6:13 am

    OMG shortbread is a huge hit in my household and maple pecan?! Yeah, my husband and I would devour this within minutes and fight over the last piece for sure! Thanks for sharing, pinning for later!! xx

    Lynn |

    • ellegracedeveson
      October 14, 2021 / 11:28 am

      Shortbread is a fav in my house too, you just can’t beat it, can you? Ooo girl, that’s what happened in this house ahah. We tend to always argue over the last piece lol. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

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