Pecans are one of my favorite nuts. I love how easily they transition between sweet and savory dishes.
I think I've mentioned that I hoard mini chocolate chips before. They're sometimes impossible to find at the store and I prefer them in recipes so I tend to buy a bunch of them whenever I see them. I'm the same way with pecans. They're pretty expensive here, but around the holiday baking season they go on sale at Aldi I stock up to nearly a years supply. So if you're ever in the mood for mini chocolate chips and pecans, you know what house to go to, because I always have a ton!
Today is National Pecan Day and the Festive Foodies are celebrating with a bunch of pecan recipes. Our host for this event is Liz of Books N Cooks.
#FestiveFoodies: Butter Pecan Cookies
- 1 ½ cups pecans
- 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
- ⅔ cup sugar + more for rolling
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Arrange the pecans into an even layer on one of the prepared baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract, almond extract, salt and flour until a dough forms.
- Chop the cooled pecans and fold them into the mixture by hand.
- Scoop golf-ball sized cookies and roll in the extra sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten with a glass or your palm.
- Bake for 8 minutes then rotate the cooking sheets and bake for 7-8 minutes more or until just golden.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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These cookies are so easy to make and required hardly any ingredients that you can pretty much make them without any extra trips to the store. They're basically a shortbread cookie with extra sugar and pecans included. Perfect for your morning coffee or tea or just a light bit of sweetness whenever you want.
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