Every year around the holidays, my cousin Katrina, goes into warrior baking mode. It’s two solid weekends of sugar, butter and flour. She will literally spend an entire weekend just making dough. She freezes it and the next weekend she bakes from dawn to dark. I’m not exaggerating! I think she makes about 15 different varieties every year – which makes my 2-3 types of cookies look like a truly anemic effort. This is Katrina’s recipe and it’s become a standard every Christmas. She calls them Pecan Pie Cookies. I call them fabulous!
The recipe starts with the cookie dough (of course). Creaming sugar and butter together, then adding the dry ingredients.
Then comes the filling: chopped pecans, brown sugar, cream and vanilla.
To assemble the cookies, start by rolling the dough into a ball. Katrina says you can use your knuckle to make an indentation in the dough. I tried this, but my hands are too small to make a decent well and the dough stuck to my finger – so I used an old trick — I sprayed the back of a rounded measuring spoon with vegetable spray and pressed it into the cookies to hollow out the center.
Then I filled the cookies with the pecan mixture and… well… this is where I veered off her recipe a little. I sprinkled the cookies with fleur de sel — sea salt. Scott and I love the interplay of sweet with salty and those little pops mingled with the sugary cookie is outstanding!
And then there’s the bourbon glaze. I know. BOURBON GLAZE.
Just three ingredients: powdered sugar, bourbon and a dab of cream. Stir them together until smooth, then drizzle over the cooled cookies. With the crispy pecans, sweet, buttery cookie, pops of fleur de sel and the sweet, spiked glaze — these cookies have it all. Let the holidays begin!
Sea Salt Bourbon Pecan Cookies
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Lisa blogs at Garlic + Zest.
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