Today was a banner day. I woke up to a cool, crisp sunny morning that just begged for me to spend the day in the kitchen. The first thing I thought of cooking was a large pot of Creamy Butternut Squash soup. The recipe for this delicious soup was given to me by a friend several years ago and I have made it many times since.
The first day of our Thanksgiving vacation at Bonita Springs, I came across a fun book called “A Lifestyle Coloring Book – Southern Living – Christmas at Home”. What caught my eye as I stood in the checkout line flipping through this little book I noticed that it was was filled with many delicious sounding sweet treats for the holidays and beyond. There were yummy sounding recipes like, Tropical White Chocolate Fudge, Red Velvet Moon Pies, Butterscotch Pecan Pretzel Brittle, Pink Bunny Cupcakes and many more.
I leafed through the book and came across a recipe called Brown Sugar-Pecan Buttons that sounded interesting and set about to bake a batch for dessert.
All the ingredients are easily found at the grocery store and I just happen to have all making it an easy choice to prepare.
8 oz. (1 cup) butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 ¼ cups (9.6 oz.) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat the butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add the flour and pecans, stirring well. (Dough will be slightly crumbly.) Pat or roll the dough to ½-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 1 ½-inch round or fluted round cutter. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake at 325° for 23 minutes or just until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack, and cool completely. (20 minutes).
- Stir together the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cookies.
This recipe was very simple to put together. I put the first batch in the oven and thought how fun it would be to color the adjacent page while I waited for the oven timer to go off. I have to tell you that it was a fun experience to sit quietly and pass the time coloring a holiday scene. Sitting there coloring this holiday scene brought back so many wonderful memories of the times I spent with my girls on Christmas mornings past sitting in the living room drinking peppermint hot chocolate and eating cinnamon rolls while we opened our presents.
Once the cookies were cooled I brought one to Randy. He loved them and said they reminded him of the little shortbread cookies we find in our cabin whenever we cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship. I thought about that and told Randy that they reminded me of Keebler Sandies.
Whatever comes to mind when you pop one of these tasty morsels into your mouth you will think; delicious. Be sure to have a cold glass of milk next to your plate of cookies.