Last weekend Bill, Brook and I baked some holiday cookies together. I LOVE everything about these cookies…how few ingredients they require, how fun it is to roll the dough into balls, and best of all…how amazingly delicious they taste.
Here’s what they look like piled up on a pretty plate. I think they look like cute little snowballs…so perfect for the winter holiday season. We probably could’ve added a heavier coating of confectioners sugar on the outside, but then it would’ve taken too much time away from the actual eating part.
Here’s a look at the inside where there are small pieces of pecans for some added crunch.
Baking and eating these cookies with my family gives me joy. And then there’s even more joy to be had when we bake enough to share with others outside our household. I think these cookies should be called double-joy cookies! I love how sharing something so simple can double the joy for everyone.
In the sharing spirit, here’s the recipe for you to try – you won’t be disappointed!
Pecan Butter Cookies (Double the recipe for double the joy).
1 c. butter
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans
2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Cream butter and sugar, add nuts, vanilla, flour and salt. Knead mixture and shape into balls. Bake in 325 oven for 30 minutes. When coolish, roll in sifted confectioners sugar (we sometimes skip the sifting part and it all works out fine anyway).
Grandma Marion (Bill’s grandma) used to bake these cookies for their annual New Years Eve parties held in her home. Bill’s grandfather was a business man whose occupation involved hosting lots of fancy parties for clients and colleagues. Luckily, Grandma Marion was an elegant and thoughtful hostess. She used to bake these cookies herself (which wasn’t easy considering the large amount she had to bake), and then she would serve them on a silver platter to each of her guests right after midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Bill, Brook and I usually celebrate Christmas and New Years in a much more quiet fashion. We are very casual in our approach…pajamas and presents by the fire on Christmas morning. And on New Years Eve it’s usually pajamas again, but at night while we’re watching the ball drop on tv. (Most of the time I don’t even make it to midnight since I’m an early to bed kind of person.) Anyway, back to the cookies…these would be perfect on either Christmas morning with coffee or New Years Eve with champagne, whether quietly at home or out at a party. Don’t you just love how joy can be done in so many different ways?!