In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse three times. Add butter and pulse 10 times or until mixture appears sandy. Add cheese and pulse 5 times. Add cranberries and pulse 3 more times. Then add buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and process just until mixture holds together.
Divide mixture in two and put each into ramekins. Brush the top with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup and sprinkle on pecans, pressing to coat. Wrap top of ramekins in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or as long as overnight. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake 8-10 minutes and serve warm with crackers.