Pecan Nougat Cookies
I love these things. They are only available seasonally (thank goodness) but I find my buggy steering towards them each year soon as they make their first showing in the grocery store. I’ve always wanted to make my own and wondered if they would be even better at home. Well the good news is, I FINALLY got a recipe for them from Mama! Woohoo!
Bad news is that as much as I like the store bought ones, the ones at home are even better. ~sighs~ And they know how to call my name in such a piteous longing fashion that I can’t prevent myself from visiting them just…one…more…time.
My only complaint is that the name is silly and misleading to us normal folks. People with culinary degrees and such may realize that “nougat” applies but the rest of us think about the chewy filling inside a candy bar and so don’t realize that this is just a yummy buttery shortbread with finely chopped nuts inside. So when I tell my kids what they are, I just say Shortbread Snowballs. It works.
No matter what you call it, these cookies are evil. Evil, I tell ya. Evil – and man are they good.
You’ll need: Flour (all purpose), Sugar, vanilla, butter, finely chopped nuts of your choice, and salt.
That little whooha on the left hand side is an antique grease jar but its far too pretty to use as a grease jar so I use it as a little salt crock and set it beside my stove. It was made by Fire King and the pattern is called “tulips”. Ain’t it purty? Makes me happy just to look at it.
Disclaimer: the real vanilla pictured in the photo was just the result of a really good deal. I promise I’m not gonna go all crazy and start tossing out money on things like real vanilla. The real butter, however, was on purpose. These cookies really need real butter but y’all know if I could eek by with margarine I sure would! And yeah, I’m mortified at how many pecans I’m using in this considering how expensive pecans are.
Just so ya know-M o r t i f i e d.
Place your softened butter, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and cream it til it’s git up and go done got up and went.
This is where the original recipe said to sift the flour. Pfft. Right.
I have a sifter and it sits up on a pretty little shelf in my kitchen where it collects dust.
I don’t sift. It is against my personal convictions.
Just dump your flour in there. Be rebellious with me.
Pour in your vanilla.
The recipe calls for two teaspoons but y’all know I just kinda pour and leave it up to the good Lord how much ends up in there.
It’s called divine baking – and I just made that term up. How cool is that? Stick with me, we’ll be the cool kids, even if no one knows it but us! ~winks~
Oh, you’re gonna need to scrape down the sides of your bowl some but you’ll figure that out…
Dump in your pecans.
I just thought I’d spell that phonetically for anyone who may not know.
I know I just impressed you with that two dollar word, now didn’t I?
Oh, now you need to mix it all up again until well combined.
Go ahead and get you a pinch of that dough and taste it.
Be sure to save some to bake though…I know it will be tempting.
I used my little cookie dough scoop and made some pretty generous sized cookies. you can just make them with your hands and make little one inch balls and have twice as many as I did but I was in a lazy, cookie dough scoop kinda mood and when I’m in those moods I try not to deny myself the pleasure of indulging in the easy way out.
Oh who are we kidding, I’m always in those moods but just for the sake of appearances lets both act like its a once in a while thing with me, k?
Now bake ‘em.
This is what they look like when they are done.
Unless you rolled them into little balls because if you did yours will be smaller and neater than mine…and more plentiful.
I made about thirty but you can easily make fifty or so instead.
After they cool roll those little puppies in confectioner’s sugar..
or “confectionary sugar” as one of my grandmother’s calls it.
Oh, here is me and two of my grandmothers at Thanksgiving.
I got Grannies coming out my ears so there are actually more.
If you’d like to see more of my Thanksgiving photos, click here. Yes, you’ll see my kitchen dirty, too. See how well I know you? Reading your thoughts and all that. Dirty dishes in the sink, junk on the counter, all part of my “keepin’ it real” policy!
Now tell me something, you see that puffy bubble vest thing I’m wearing? Can you honestly see one of those and NOT think Michael J Fox? I couldn’t resist. I gave into peer pressure. Everyone else jumped off the cliff and got one so I got one too…mine was $15.00 at Target so it wasn’t that bad.
~Begins singing Huey Lewis~
I need to learn how to say “finished” in some foreign language so I can do it with a real flourish here.. .~goes to look it up in Italian~
Hmm, well that was kinda dull. Maybe we should just use a Southern Saying here.
Well if them thar cookies don’t beat all I ever saw! They sure look good!
They are absolutely, melt in your mouth, delicious.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over….
it became a butterfly!”
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