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Maple Pecan and Bacon Shortbread Cookies

Maple Pecan and Bacon Shortbread Cookies are a wonderful light, buttery cookie, coated in maple flavored frosting and topped with crunchy bacon and toasted pecans.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Scottish


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar more for rolling out dough
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Maple Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup


  • 4-6 slices bacon, chopped small and fried until crisp set aside to sprinkle on frosted cookies
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans set aside to sprinkle on frosted cookies


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the butter into a bowl or use a stand mixer and mix it well until it has been creamed or smooth.
  • Add the sugar, mix again. Then add the flour, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, maple extract and chopped pecans, mix until well incorporated.
  • This dough will be thick and very easy to handle.
  • I sprinkle powdered sugar out on the board I roll the dough, to prevent sticking since this is a cookie. Roll dough flat, to about 1/4" in thickness and either cut into pieces with a knife or use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Place cookies on baking pan and place in the oven.
  • Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just very lightly golden. Let sit on the baking pan for a few minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire, cooling rack to complete their cooling.

Maple Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, maple syrup and melted butter together and stir until well incorporated.


  • Dip the cooled cookies into the frosting, coating one side. Lay the coated cookies on their back to allow the excess frosting to drip off. While the frosting is still wet, sprinkle with the crispy bacon pieces and chopped pecans.
Keyword Homemade Baked Goods, Maple Pecan and Bacon Shortbread Cookies, Scottish Shortbread Cookies