|Noeleen's Nutella Thumb Buttons and various cookies from D'Amato's Bakery, courtesy of Dan and Yasmin.Thanks Y'all!|
Holiday cookies are my favorite tradition. I heart them so. I heart all cookies. I’m pretty sure if I were a muppet, Cookie Monster and I would be getting busy down on Sesame Street. It’s not like I have a thing for furry blue monsters, it’s just a cookie thing.
At least, don't judge me until you tasted these cookies. I'm talking about my Grandnanna's Pecan Sandies. They are nothing short of magnificent.
The best part about them is that Grandnanna’s recipe (like a lot of her recipes) is done in parts. This means you can adjust it as small or as big as you want. It also means they come out slightly different every time, but somehow, they always turn out AMAZING. The formula is guaranteed. Good for making a quick snack or feeding a whole boy scout jamboree.
Grandnanna's Pecan Sandies
- 1 part butter
- 1 part powdered sugar
- 1 part pecans
- 2 part flour
- 1 spoon vanilla
- 1/2 spoon salt
- ½ dash of cayenne pepper
- Combine butter, half the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix with a beater til fluffy like ponds cold cream (that’s a direct quote)
- Add flour, salt and barely mix until blended.
- Taste the dough, adjust as needed.
- Shape into 3 logs and put in fridge for one hour to overnight.
- Slice the dough into ¼” slices and shape into crescents.
- Bake cookies at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove cookies from the baking sheet immediately and roll them in the remaining powdered sugar.
- Eat and enjoy!
*Note: Pecan is pronounced PEEcan, rhymes with he can or we can. If you pronounce it peKAHN you're doing it wrong and the wrath of the nut is inevitable. If your cookies come out poorly, don't look at me. It was your fault and all those years of saying that poor little nut's name wrong.
So, before I begin my cookie baking extravaganza this weekend, I wanted to ask; anyone out there have another good recipe written in parts (as opposed to cups and teaspoons)?
I know there are folks out there who scoff at the flagrant inaccuracy of recipes written without exact measurements, but then those folks taste these cookies and shut the hell up. These cookies are that good. Some recipes stand the test of time!
Anyone out there have some pointers to share? I’m all ears :)