Saturday, October 8, 2011

Easy Pecan Sandies

I'm not a mom, but I am busy and I also love a good, homemade cookie! I found this recipe and had to make it and I'm so glad I did. It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish!!  These cookies are full of toasty pecan flavor, and not too sweet. Just perfect in my book.


1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 C flour
1 C pecans, coarsely chopped (I toasted them slightly before putting them in the dough)


1. Preheat oven to 350 with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and salt.  Either by hand or with mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating until just combined. Fold in pecans by hand.

2. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, two inches apart, 8 to a sheet. Flatten slightly with palm of hand. I like to use a small cookie/ice cream scoop when I make cookie - it helps them to cook more evenly.

I like to scoop a GENEROUS portion with this small scoop.

Slightly flattened...

3. Bake until cookies are golden brown, 15 -17 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight container for 5 days.......if they last that long.


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