Wednesday, April 11, 2012

52 cookies :: week 14 :: pecan sandies

I am working on a tight deadline this week...

these cookies and a cup of tea are the perfect antidote.


Pecan Sandies
via Smitten Kitchen
adapted from Last Course

1 c pecans
2 c all-purpose flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 c confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tblsp turbinado sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the nuts in one layer on a baking sheet and bake until well browned, 10-13 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.

In a food processor, grind the nuts with 1/4 cup of the flour. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add vanilla and beat well. Sift together the remaining 1 3/4 cups of flour, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the dough, mixing until just combined. Stir in nut mixture. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper to 3/16 inch thick (a rectangle approximately 10 x 14 inches). Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares or triangles, as you wish. I went with approximately 1" squares.. Sprinkle the cookies with the turbinado sugar. Place them 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheets (do not reroll the scraps). Prick the cookies with a fork and bake until pale golden all over, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


K: One reason I like it is because it tastes like oatmeal.
Another is because it is so crumbly and nice.
I love your pecan sandies.

E: Mmmm really good!!!! They taste like your granola before u cook it. They are really crumbly and good!!!!!

D: ...and so castles made of sand fall to the sea eventually.
These pecan sandies are so good, warm and crumbly, great with tea; bet they are better with milk. If you could eat the feeling of warm, crumbly sand squishing through your toes you'd have a mouthful of this cookie. Texture, pacific at sunset, smiles on faces, automatic memory. It time for a road trip honey. Xoxoxo

Not sure where the oatmeal and granola references come from. Though logically the pecans. Which I love - and throw in everything...


rebecca said...

i like the square shape. :)

Tracy said...

me too. smitten kitchen wrote of half dipping them in melted chocolate. mmmmm. xo

rebecca said...

yes. the way to go. i like half-dipped.

amy h said...

Oh goodness, I happen to have all the ingredients for these. That could be dangerous. They do look good!

Tracy said...

They are quite yummy Amy! Do let me know if you try them :)