Click photo to printEach cookie is filled with the subtle flavor of toasted pecans, and since the cookies freeze well, they'll be ideal for constant entertaining. These are one of my most favorite cookies to bake. The base is a pecan paste made from toasted pecans* that is so easy to make, yet very unique. This dough is great to make ahead and freeze. The cookies themselves freeze well, too. I hope you'll give them a try! They are delicious.
*FYI: To toast the pecans, I use the basic process of baking in a shallow baking pan at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes until golden brown, stirring/shaking once or twice and let cool.
1 1/2 cups toasted pecan pieces*
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces (no substitutions)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1. Place nuts in food processor container; cover. Process by pulsing with on/off action until paste forms (will appear grainy).
2. Add butter, sugars, baking soda, and baking powder; process until just combined. Add egg and vanilla; process until just combined. Add flour. Process by pulsing until just combined. Transfer to large bowl. Cover; refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour or until firm
3. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls (or cookie scooper of your choice; Makes lovely mini cookies, too). Roll in additional granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart, on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of glass. I dip the glass in sugar in between each cookie to prevent sticking and for extra sugar sparkle.
5. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool on wire racks. Makes approximately 48 cookies.
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