Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December: Cookie Of The Day

Happy December! During the month of December I plan to post a cookie recipe everyday along with my regular posts to get inspired for Holiday baking. I wanted to start with a family favorite we call "Bonnie's Tea Cakes", after my Grandmother Bonnie. The Traditional name is: Russian Tea Cakes or Sugared Pecan Balls and the recipe is courtesy of Real Simple magazine. These cookies bring me back to my childhood, I highly recommend them. If there are any picky eaters or nut allergies you can make them without the nuts for a delicious alternative!

Makes 36 cookies| Hands-On Time: 25m | Total Time: 1hr 20m



  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; let cool. In a food processor, process the pecans until finely ground.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the ground pecans, flour, and salt; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and ⅓ cup of the sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined (do not over mix).
  5. Shape the dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  6. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until just beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Place the remaining ⅓ cup of sugar on a plate. A few at a time, roll the cookies in the sugar to coat.

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