Cranberries and pecans, two symbols of the fall harvest, work beautifully in these rich shortbread cookies. Serve them with strong black tea or coffee for an afternoon treat. The dough freezes well, so keep a log in the freezer and you'll be prepared to provide visitors with freshly baked goodies at a moment's notice.
Mix together butter, sugar and maple syrup with a wooden spoon or in an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well after each cup is added. Stir in the salt, cranberries and pecans.
Shape dough into two logs and chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut dough into 1/2-inch slices and arrange on baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cookies will keep several days in an airtight container.
Per Serving: Serving size: 1 Cookie, 160 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 15g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 2g protein.
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