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Killer Christmas Cookies December 23, 2008

Posted by alwaysjan in Food, Holidays.
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In the beginning there was butter, sugar, and an egg. And these simple ingredients begat Christmas Cookies. Or to put an evolutionary twist on it, while YOUR ancestors began life in a primordial chemical soup, MINE did their oozing in primordial cookie dough. And as soon as my people (as in, I’ll have my people call your people) were able to crawl onto land and stand upright, they began making Christmas cookies. The End (or almost).

I thought I’d post one of my recipes for Christmas cookies. The cookies in the photo were baked by a student’s mother. They were too beautiful to eat, but I ate them anyway. I took a picture of them first though, because just like Dexter, I like to keep a trophy of my “kills.”

My all-time favorite recipe for the holidays are the Pecan Puffs from Joy of Cooking. My cookbook automatically falls open to this grease-stained page. The cookies are billed as “rich and devastating.”  Say no more.

Pecan Puffs

This recipe makes about forty 1  1/2 inch balls, but since I’m one of those people who loves to eat cookie dough, I’ve taken to always making a double recipe.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Beat until soft:                      1/2  c. butter

Add and blend until creamy:                          2 T. of sugar +  1 t. vanilla

Blend in the food processor, but not TOO much                 1 cup pecans

Add                                                                           1 cup of Cake Flour

Note:  I’m usually too lazy to go out and buy Cake Flour so measure 1 cup regular flour less 2 T. (per the Joy of Cooking Substitutions page)  

Stir the pecans and the flour into the butter mixture. Roll the dough into small balls. Place the balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. (Don’t expect them to look brown. While they are still hot, roll them in confectioners’ sugar. Lick your fingers and you’re done!

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1. Catherine Sherman - December 23, 2008

These are beautiful cookies. I can see why you would be reluctant to eat them….You can’t have your cookie and eat it, too! I should have made cookies like these for our guests. I made a gorgeous pumpkin pie. You should have seen how lovely. But I forgot to add sugar…..Blechhhhh!

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2. Nancy - December 24, 2014

Pecan Puffs are also my all-time favorite Christmas cookie. My mother made them every year, as I do now. The recipe goes way back, I know, as I am 67 years old, and can’t recall a Christmas without them. They are not the same as any Mexican Wedding Cookies I’ve ever eaten–they are far superior. Give them a try. You won’t regret it!

Nancy,
I have to bake at least one batch of these each year or it just isn’t Christmas. In the early years, I patted them into small cookies, but then realized they were so rich that it was much better to roll them into balls. You get the added fun of rolling them in the powdered snow, er I mean, sugar!

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