Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3

Before Thanksgiving I bought a huge bag of pecans from Costco and now I am trying to find recipes with pecans.  I came across this recipe and was really excited to try it.  They turned out really good and the frosting is to die for!  The cookie is soft but has a nice crunch with the pecans in the cookie and on top too.  

These cookies would be a huge hit at any holiday party!



Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies - Recipe from Tatertots and Jello
Yield: 3 Dozen
Ingredients:
1 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Egg, room temperature
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans

Directions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Add sugars and beat until smooth. 
  2. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix well. 
  4. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. (If making larger cookies, add an extra 1 to 2 minutes to baking time.) Cool 2 minutes on pan and remove to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting.
Brown Sugar Frosting
Ingredients:
1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 Cup Half & Half
1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Directions:
  1. Combine brown sugar and half and half in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. 
  2. Boil for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Add 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. 
  4. Consistency will seem thin but will thicken as it cools. If frosting seems too thin, add enough of the remaining powdered sugar to desired consistency.
  5. Frost your cookies with about 1 teaspoon or so and sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
  6. Enjoy!

A word of advice: Because this brown sugar frosting thickens rather quickly, don’t start it until you’re ready to frost the cookies. If it starts to set, just give it a nice stir with your spatula.

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