Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pecan Sandies

I have to be honest, if you had asked me to list my top 10 favorite cookies a couple weeks ago, Pecan Sandies wouldn't have even been on my radar screen.

Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal White Chocolate Craisin, Ginger Spice, Chocolate Chip Meringues, Molasses, Macaroons, Oatmeal Raisin, Regular Ole' Sugar, Peanut Butter Kiss, oh and how the list could go on...

But a family member of ours has been recovering from surgery and word was that Pecan Sandies were his fave. So R and I whipped up a batch to mail him, and you know what? They were divine. Using half vegetable oil/butter instead of all butter gives these cookies a lighter, dreamier consistency. Try 'em, and see if they end up on your list.

Pecan Sandies

1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cream of tartar
1/2 t salt
1 c chopped pecans, plus whole ones for decorating the top

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, white sugar and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the pecans. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and top with a pecan half. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.


Deep in the Heart said...

These are my moms faves along with the wedding cookie verson where you roll them in confectioners sugar while warm.

I'll try this one soon. Her birthday is today and I made that Pumpkin Bundt cake I made for Supper Club long, long ago (pumpkin is her true love). Maybe I'll do the sandie for Christmas.

Live.Love.Eat said...

These look great SPC. You mentioned mailing them. How far are they going in transit and have you done it before. I ask because I thought of sending some cookies to people this holiday seasona and didn't know how they would hold up. And I wish I could send cold stuff.