Maple-Cinnamon Biscuits

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. plus 3 tsp. cinnamon sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 c. solid vegetable shortening
1/2 c. imitation maple syrup
1/2 c. finely chopped pecans

In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, two tablespoons of the cinnamon/sugar, baking soda and salt. Using pastry blender cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk and maple syrup until all ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans (dough will be soft). Turn out dough onto generously floured surface. With floured hands, pat dough to 9” square. Cut out biscuits with 2-inch round fluted or straight-sided biscuit cutter. Gather scraps together and cut additional biscuits for a total of 24. Transfer all to an ungreased baking sheet. Brush biscuit tops with two tablespoons milk. Sprinkle each biscuit with 1/8 teaspoon  of the remaining cinnamon/sugar. Bake in preheated 400° oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove biscuits from oven and transfer to wire rack. Serve slightly warm.

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