12 Days of Christmas Cookies — Part 2

I was trying to come up with some clever slogan about once you start baking you can’t stop, but I failed. I did pretty well during the poetry units of Enlish too. Hmm. So, we’ll stick with the Pringles slogan — Once you pop, you can’t stop.

Anyway, once I finished with the sausage balls, I was still feeling pretty chipper and figured why not continue with the pecan snowballs.  So, at 1:11 a.m., I’m sitting in my living room amidst piles of un-assembled dining room chairs waiting for the second batch to finish baking. (And now I remember why I don’t keep college student hours)

Anyway, the cookies are pretty easy to make, though they only make about 18. And I had one crumble on me, so make that 17. And I was more than happy to eat the “damaged” cookie as a taste test before I took the cookies to the company party tomorrow.

I differed from the given recipe slightly, but it’s more because I have a problem reading directions. My third grade teacher once failed me on a quiz because I didn’t read the directions, but I clearly haven’t learned.

The recipe called for 1/4 pound butter, which is one stick of butter. Well, I’m used to seeing butter measured in cups in recipes. So, I just looked at the 1/4 part and assumed it was calling for half a stick of butter. The problem you run into when you only use half a stick of butter is that it doesn’t thicken up your batter sufficiently. And if it’s not thickened, you can’t really shape it into balls, now can you? So, I added about 1/4 cup of water to mine. Of course after that, I realized my error, and added the other half of butter, while feeling very foolish about the whole thing.

The cookies taste great to me, but obviously, I don’t know if the water did anything significant to alter them.

The first batch — they don’t look pretty at all.

Ingredients: ¼ pound butter or margarine, 1 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup chopped pecans, ¼ teaspoon salt (optional), powdered sugar. (You could also add about 1/4 cup water if you want to be cool like me)

Directions: Combine all ingredients (except powdered sugar) and shape into balls. Bake in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.

Roll in powdered sugar while hot. Cool, and roll again in powdered sugar.


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