As any great baker will know, it is always exciting to try a new recipe. Though they might not turn out correctly the first time or taste the way you thought it would, experimentation is the key to finding those great “go-to” recipes. Over the holiday, I tried a few new cookie recipes, two of which were from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the treats that I made and that the recipes were easy to follow. I will go as far to suggest that you pick this book up ASAP. Don’t forget that our favorite QVC host, David Venable, endorses this book on ITKWD as well. I made some minor adjustments to the size of the cookie but other than that, the recipes were fantastic. Pecan Sandras are to die for and lucky for you I’m sharing the recipe (FYI Sadie enjoyed these as well).
2 sticks butter unsalted, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 1/4 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups pecans
Preheat oven to 350. Line two cookies sheets with parchment or use a Silpat.
In a stand mixer, beat the butter, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt on medium speed. If you are using salted butter, simply omit the salt or just add a smaller amount. You can taste the batter after you add the flour to see if you need to make any adjustment. Turn the speed to low and add the flour slowly. Add the pecans and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix as the batter will get tough.
Finish mixing by hand to make sure all the bits of flour and butter are combined. Use a small scoop to form the cookies. I prefer about a one inch ball. Place it on the prepared cookie sheet and then flatten the cookie slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake the cookie for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. The cookies should be lightly golden when done. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, smother them in confectioners’ sugar. They are simply delectable and ready for tasting! Who knows?…they might be perfect for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day!