Dec 18, 2012

Sherry Pecan Meltaways

This recipe is one of my Christmas favorites; they're quick and easy to make, freeze melt in your mouth and freeze beautifully. I must confess that they taste almost as good frozen as they do fresh. (what? I never said patience was one of my virtues!)
1 ½ cups butter at room temperature (3 sticks)

1 ¾ cups sifted powdered sugar
3 1/3 cups sifted flour
1 cup finely ground pecans
¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup dry sherry
½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract

1 egg white, beaten with 2 teaspoons water
¼ cup pecan pieces, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
 
In a separate bowl, combine flour, ground pecans and salt.
In a measuring cup, combine the sherry and extracts.

Alternately add dry ingredients and liquid to the butter mixture, ending with the flour mixture and stir until just mixed. Avoid over-mixing.
Drop by teaspoonful or small batter scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten cookies a bit with the bottom of a glass & brush cookie with egg wash. Sprinkle a few chopped pecans on top.

Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
Cool and let rest overnight for maximum flavor. (good luck with THAT!)

9 comments :

  1. Sue Leighton12/18/12, 9:12 PM

    I think I just gained 10 lbs just by looking at the picture- these sound yummy!!

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  2. Nancy Roberts12/18/12, 11:04 PM

    These sound amazing and I don't blame you for not letting them thaw! :)

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  3. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 12:34 AM

    LOL! They're dangerous, Sue.

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  4. winnie rottem12/19/12, 11:33 AM

    I loooooooove this kind of cookies!

    I could eat the whole batch by myself :)

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  5. Esther widgren12/14/13, 10:34 PM

    You had me at Sherry....

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  6. TheChickenChick12/15/13, 1:09 AM

    Bottoms up! (they're so yummy, Esther!)

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  7. Lisa Steenberg12/9/14, 2:16 PM

    I'm wondering if I can make them gluten free. I think I should at least try!!

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  8. Haven't heard of these before. Obviously been missing out. It's been a lot of years since I did the big bunch of christmas baking every year. Am planning to get back into it.

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  9. Do try! I'll add the GF recipe if it works out for you, just let me know!

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