I'm not sure what Christmas would be without today's.cookies: Pecan Sandies. I look forward to them every year because it means that I'll have something to accompany my morning latte. Mmm hmm … that's the best! (I wouldn't normally advocate cookies for breakfast, but especially during the Christmas holiday, I have to side with Bill Cosby and his logic on eating cake for breakfast: "it has eggs, and milk, and wheat… that's nutrition!")
This is another recipe that has multiple names, but the one that makes the most sense to me is "Pecan Sandies" because they have (duh) pecans in them and they are 'sanded' with sugar! Among many of the names, there's a version that calls for shaping them into crescents and calling them Venetian Crescents, but it's basically the same recipe and mine requires less playing.with.the.food! If you like playing.with.the.food … then make Crescents!
These are very similar to the Thumbprint Cookies, only they are not flattened, nor do they have jelly … I'm sure it would work to dunk them in jelly … It's JUST a suggestion!
Now … Go Make Your Breakfast!
- 1 c. butter, softened
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 ¼ c. flour
- ¾ c. finely chopped pecans
- ¼ t. salt
- Powdered sugar
Heat oven to 400˚F. Mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until dough holds together. Shape into one-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until set, but not brown, 10-12 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar twice. Cool.
12 Days until my brother and his family come!
(And I better have plenty of Pecan Sandies or Thumbprints on hand because my sister-in-law likes the same kind of breakfast that I do!)