Pecan Sandies

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Last year around this time I was smack in the middle of my dietetic internship.  An 11 month program designed to train and prepare you for a career as a Registered Dietitian.  To celebrate our survival of the first 5-6 months of our rigorous program AND the holiday season, the 9 other interns and I got together for a Christmas cookie exchange.   The first of what seems  will be a yearly tradition for all of us!  This past weekend, we held our 2nd annual cookie exchange.  It was great to see all the other girls and to hear about how everyone is doing.  And of course to eat lots of delicious cookies! pecan sandies, christmas cookies, baking soda cookies, vegetarian recipes, meatless monday, vegetarian

 

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pecan sandies, christmas cookies, baking soda cookies, vegetarian recipes, meatless monday, vegetarian Some stars of the show included a decked out brownie square with Oreos in the middle, bourbon chocolate chip cookies, buttery oatmeal cookies, buttercream filled sandwich cookies, toffee squares and snicker doodles!  I have to say this year was an “improvement.”  Last year there was a lot of black bean, oil free and other healthified treats.  Which were really good.  But sometimes you just need a bucket of butter and sugar filled treats.  I can definitely say this year we made up for any lack of calories last year!

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pecan sandies, christmas cookies, baking soda cookies, vegetarian recipes, meatless monday, vegetarian I spent a couple of days trying to figure out what type of cookie I would bring.  I initially wanted to bring  a recipe my Mom makes each Christmas.  Basically a supped-up chocolate chip cookie – it has oats, nuts AND chocolate chips.  It’s one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten.  Except…it has a million ingredients and the directions took two pages.  Yea…not my type of recipe.  So I inquired about any  family recipes that didn’t require too much effort!  Ha…I’m not a good baker.

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pecan sandies, christmas cookies, baking soda cookies, vegetarian recipes, meatless monday, vegetarian My Mom suggested her Pecan Sandies.  They are simple, only have a few ingredients and are really, really easy to make.   Plus they taste amazing!  Perfect with a cold glass of milk.  Or along side 7 other types of delicious cookies, a few glasses of wine and good friends!

Pecan Sandies:
Ingredients:

  • 2 and a half cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt until combined.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Slow down the speed of the mixer and add in the egg.  Beat until just combined.
  5. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and 2 tbsp of milk.  Beat until just combined – do not over beat.
  6. With a spatula or spoon, fold in the pecans.
  7. Form dough into a log about 2″ in diameter.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.  If you’re in a rush, place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or until very firm.
  8. Slice cookies about 1/2″ thick.  Place on a lined baking sheet about 1″ apart.  Bake at 400F for about 10-12 minutes or until just lightly golden brown on the edges.  But keep an eye on these cookies, they burn easily!

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