Have you ever bit into something you’ve made for a holiday and asked yourself (with a glorious mouth full of food), “Why don’t I make this more often?!” Happens to me all the time. Well, it USED to happen. Not long ago, I figured it all out: Life’s too short and food’s too lovely to chain favorite recipes to any given day.
Pecan Sandies are a delicious example. These quick, simple, inexpensive to make little delicacies are too perfect to only make Christmas appearances. You’ll find these beauties (which happen to be one of my favorite cookies) in our kitchen year round. I’ve tried quite a few different recipes for them, but the one below is the best of the best.
1 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Beat the butter (or margarine) with a mixer until softened.
- Add sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Add water and vanilla; beat well.
- Stir in flour and nuts.
- Shape into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
- Pour powdered sugar into a plastic bag. When the cookies have cooled, gently shake a few at a time in the powdered sugar.
Yield: About 45 buttery, sweet, delicious little cookies that I could eat by the handful.