Saturday, December 20, 2008

Pecan Sandies

Here is another family favorite but you will find it in various versions all over the South. Sometimes called wedding cookies. These are a simple but rich and very short cookie and they go great with a hot drink or eggnog. You will wind up with powdered sugar all over your face and shirt.

1 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp water
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup chopped nuts (again pecans are the usual but walnuts work fine)
powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar, add water and vanilla and mix well. Blend in the flour and nuts. Chill for an hour. Using your fingers shape into small fingers about the size of your pinkie or into little balls about half the size of a walnut. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes but be careful not to bake too long as you want them just barely browned. While they are still warm but not hot from the oven roll them liberally in the powdered sugar. This recipe should make about 3 dozen.

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