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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Pecan Fingers (you thought I was done with Holiday Baking, didn't you?)

Pecan Fingers are pretty much the exact same thing as Mexican Wedding Cakes and Russian Tea Cakes. That is to say the recipe seems to be almost identical. The only difference I can see between these cookies is the shape. The Pecan Fingers are shaped like, you guessed it, fingers, while the other two cookies are nice little rounds. I believe you can also make these cookies into crescents if you like. Anyway they are shaped, they are delicious. These are very easy to make and very easy to consume. The buttery dough has an almost melt-in-your-mouth texture with crunchy pecans dispersed throughout. These cookies also form a magical coating of icing by easily rolling them in powdered sugar while they are still warm. The magical icing also makes the cookies look as if they are coated in a nice dusting of snow. I love these, I hope you do also.

Pecan Fingers (I believe the recipe I have is from my Grandmother. It was on a notecard in my recipe file thing): (makes about 5 dozen fingers)

1 cup butter
3/4 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp ice water
1/4 tsp salt
confectioner's sugar for rolling the baked cookies in
-Preheat oven to 350f. Prepare sheet pans with parchement paper, or spray them with pan spray lightly.

-Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the pecans and vanilla and mix to blend.
-Add the flour, ice water and salt. Mix to blend.
-Form the dough into little fingers (I suppose I would say I roll them out to elf-sized fingers) and place on the prepared sheet pan with about an inch and a half between each cookie (these do not spread out much).
-Bake for about 10-14 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and they feel pretty solid to the touch.

Remove from oven and immediately place the cookies in powdered/confectioner's sugar and coat. Remove from sugar and cool on a rack.

Enjoy these pretty cookies with a lovely cup of tea, or coffee, or, as my friend B discovered one year, they are not too shabby with red wine (I believe she dunked them into a Shiraz). Share the cookie love! Happy Baking!

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Claire said...

Oh, these make me want to make a family recipe for ice box nut cookies! Yummy!

Jen the bread freak said...

Mmmmm, sounds like a good idea, Claire!

Jacelyn said...

Wow, these look lovely, Jen! I'm amazed at the Christmas baking spirit in you. Way to go, girl!

Jen the bread freak said...

Awww, thanks, Jacelyn! I think maybe the Christmas spirit possesses me every year, it's the only reason I can figure for all the baking I can get done :D

Brilynn said...

I definitely hoped you weren't done yet! I'll be making tea cakes sometime this week.

Jen the bread freak said...

I can't wait to see your tea cakes, Brilynn! All the cookies you have been making look fabulous!

Jigme Datse said...

Oh, I was hoping that baking was a favourite past time of yours while you celebrate the holidays. I thought you were just getting started. But you have to let Geoff invite people over to help with the eating of the goodies. I supose you could invite people over for the eating of the goodies, but well I prefer to watch you bake on the Internet, it's a lower calorie version :).

Jigme Datse

Jen and Geoffy said...

Hi Jess :). Yes, watching the baking from the internet is definately a lower calorie way to go. I'll be sending quite a few of these with Geoff to work so his work buddies can eat them up.

Rosana said...

Hi, Jen, I saw the pictures on your flickr page and came here to get the recipe!
I'll make these cookies this week!
I'll try to take pictures of mine :D

thanks for sharing these delicious recipes of yours!