Once again, I am pleased to bring you 12 Days of Cookies!! Over the next 12 days I (along with some very special guests) will be bringing you a collection of cookie recipes to share with your friends, family or self. I am super excited to be tackling this project, even if it means putting myself at risk for Cookie Exhaustion.
The cookie celebration unofficially kicked off yesterday at Dose Market , where my friend Sandra  and I sold some delicious cookies to market-goers. Dose is a monthly market that brings together local food and fashion vendors to pedal their wares in a beautiful, light-filled space in downtown Chicago. I’m a huge fan of the market and was thrilled to participate this time. It was a bit of a preview of the fun that is about to come your way.
Sandra and I curated a collection of 7 cookies that were specially made for Dose-goers by the amazing bakers at Floriole. Sandra, Bryan, and I staffed the table (along with our friends Katie and Justin) and enjoyed a cookie or two between customers. It was a great event and I really enjoyed getting to meet some of you in person. I also enjoyed food from great Chicago food makers (fried chicken from Sunday Dinner , tamales from Las Manas , dumplings from Bill Kim  and his crew, iced tea from Rare Tea Cellar , preserves from Rare Bird  and Mess Hall  and savory pies from Hoosier Mama —it was a Chicago all-star line up ).
I am going to share a couple of recipes from Dose over the next 12 days, starting with today’s Maple Pecan Cookies. This is one of Sandra’s recipes and a beautiful spin on the classic Mexican wedding cookie (or as some of us call them, balls ). It is packed full of pecans and sweetened with maple syrup; a little orange zest pushes it over the top. It couldn’t be easier to make. We handed out recipe cards to everyone at Dose, but I wanted to hand one to you, too. Please accept this electronic version. I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks! Happy baking, my little cookie monsters.