Butter Pecan Cookies with Maple Frosting
recipe from Lisa @ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary
1 cup shortening
½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) vanilla or white chips
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

¼ cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
3 to 5 tablespoons of milk

Pecan halves for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring. In a medium size bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda together. Gradually add it to the creamed mixture. Stir in the chips and pecans.

The batter will be soft. Drop my rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. (I used parchment). Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until just golden brown. Cook for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, confectioners sugar, maple flavoring and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost each cookie with approximately 1 teaspoon of frosting and top with a pecan half.
These would be a perfect fall cookie for a Halloween celebration. I put mine in the fridge to stiffen up the frosting a bit and then stored them in an air tight container.