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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just like Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is so Thanksgiving. Don't get me wrong - it's a delicious mixture of pecan crunch and a sugary filling that never sets. What's not to love? This year, I've added a new holiday cookie to my arsenal, the Pecan Lace Cookie. To me, it tastes like pecan pie in a crunchy cookie that melts in your mouth and looks like those lace doilies that older generations use for decorations. And the best part? They require little to no work. They're probably the easiest cookie I've ever made!

Pecan Lace Cookies

Pecan Lace Cookies
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit - Dec. 2004

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons light corn syrup
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 cups coarsely ground pecans (about 4 ounces)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Stir butter, sugar, and corn syrup in heavy medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in flour. Add nuts and vanilla; stir to combine.

4. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until bubbling and lightly browned, about 11 minutes.

5. Cool on sheets 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely. Enjoy!

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