Toasted Pecan Mounds and Soft Sugar Cookies

It's National Cookie Day!
What You need
1 cup pecans ( toasted and cooled)
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) cold unsalted butter
cut into small pieces)
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
Baking sheet
Food processor

Before You start preheat oven to 325°F.

Lets Make It! Pulse pecans with 3/4 cup of the sugar in food processor until finely ground (do not overprocess). Add butter, vanilla and salt; process, scraping bowl often, to blend. Add flour; pulse just until dough forms a ball. Lightly flour your hands and lightly roll into 1-inch. balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until tops are dry and set and bottoms are light brown. Cool cookies on sheet 10 minutes. Gently (they’re extremely fragile) roll warm cookies in remaining 1 cup confectioners’ sugar to coat. Cool, then roll in sugar again.

*Katies Tid Bits Storage Tip: Store airtight with wax paper between layers at cool room temperature up to 2 weeks. makes about 2 dozen

Soft Sugar Cookies
What You Need
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature)
    2 cups sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
   Electric Mixer
   Cookie baking sheet
   Wire Cooling Racks

Before You Start: Heat oven to 350°
Lets Make It! In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy (about 2 to 3 minutes). One at a time, beat in the eggs, and then add the vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined (do not over mix). Drop heaping Tbsp of the dough onto baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the cookies are golden, (about 12 to 15 minutes) Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Frost or leave plain. Makes about two dozen


Deborah said...

Those cookies look so good!
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Debby@Just Breathe said...

They sound delicious. Thank you.

Martina said...

Was just looking for a nice cookie recipe - these sound so good! Have a fun weekend!

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Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

They look awesome!

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Karen said...

Love those! That reminds me I need to get started, at least on my grocery list for cookie time!

Jansen Family said...

Oh, these look delicious! I had no idea it was National Cookie Day. I better get to work!


PS. I love your blog's holiday decorations!

Rebecca said...

I might have to post some of my favorite cookie recipes. I love cookies and home made cookies fresh out of the oven with an ice cold glass of milk...heaven

Sofia's Ideas said...

My hubby loves soft sugar cookies but I never make them that way cuz I like crunchy! I'm bookmarking this - maybe I'll surprise him! ;)

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Eva Gallant said...

Whoa! I could love to have some of those!

Krista said...

Oh my goodness... these look so awesome. Thank you for sharing! now I'm hungry... better go have breakfast before cookies. ;o)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What an interesting blog you have, glad I found you, next thing I am going to do after blogging is - to bake these yummilicious sugar cookies, thanks for sharing!

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

these look delicious! especially because i happen to be a real life cookie monster :)

Tamarah said...

Hello Katherine....!

ahhhhhhh....My FAVE foodgroup....SWEETS.... :o) !!

Both of these look SERIOUSLY yummy....!

THANK YOU for popping by to help celebrate our 100th posts....I've popped your entries in the tub for the drawer....GOOD LUCK....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Heather said...

Hi Katherine! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog! I snuck a peek at yours. The cookies look delicious, and I absolutely adored your poem about your Christmas shoes :)

Judy Harper said...

I'm going to try the pecan mounds, they sound and look delicious!

Millie said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog...yours looks lovely and I am off to see more of it!

Mmm said...

thank yo Katie for coming to the tea, adding your creastive input, and so on. Oh, and bringing those divine cookies. Yumm. My guests did enjoy them so! :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

We love those pecan mounds and make them every year at Christmas! We call them "Russian Tea Cakes" and I've heard them called a lot of different names such as "Snowballs" "Pecan Crispies," etc. I've never toasted the pecans before baking, maybe I'll try that next time!

Nice blog!


Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMY... j'adore all the different holiday cookies!

tiffany said...

I'm making the sugar cookies tonight.