I have one cup of coffee per day, the first thing in the morning. Five days a week I go to work and make a fresh pot upon arrival. On the weekends I have a huge cup of really good coffee that lasts me all morning. Recently I was sort of craving a little somethin’ somethin’ to go with the coffee. Shut up, you, not that somethin’ somethin’. I’m talking about something sweet, but not something intense that knocks your socks off, like my Plum Kuchen. No chocolate. No lemon. No, just a little cookie that is calm and not too sweet, to nibble along with my coffee. Maybe even two of them. A serious indulgence here. Ha.
Anyway, these Pecan Sandies are perfect with my coffee and I have enjoyed them very much. They are dredged in sugar after they’re cooled, but truthfully, not very much sticks. It’s minor. Really. And the ground pecans give them just the right flavor to complement my creamy sweet coffee. So, if you are looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ sweet to go with your hot beverage, give these Sandies a try. You’ll be happy you did.
Pecan Sandie Cookies
Yield: about 50 cookies
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces (about 1 cup) pecan pieces, finely ground in food processor
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Sugar for coating baked cookies
2 cookie sheets covered with parchment or foil
2-inch fluted cookie or biscuit cutter
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and salt with a fork until thoroughly combined. Beat 50 more strokes until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the pecans.
4. Add the flour 1/3 at a time, combining each completely.
5. On a floured work surface or pastry cloth, divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll out one piece to about 3/8-inch thick. Cut dough with fluted cutter and place on prepared sheet about one inch apart.
6. Save dough scraps until the end, reroll and cut more cookies.
7. Bake cookies about 20 to 25 minutes, until light golden brown on bottom and very pale on top.
8. Cool cookies on parchment or foil on rack. When cool, roll in granulated sugar.
9. Store between sheets of parchment paper in airtight container at room temperature.