DAY 1: December is here, so it’s time for another Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies! Twelve days of ideas for your Christmas Cookie Plates.
Pecan Sandies are a traditional crispy/crumbly shortbread type cookie. I am usually a soft cookie kind of girl, but I really like these not-too-sweet, melt in your mouth cookies.
½ cup butter
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp salt
½tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp baking soda
scant 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped pecans
Whole pecans (about 72)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, oil, and sugars. Beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda and nutmeg and mix just until combined. Stir in chopped pecans. Chill dough for 1 hour.
Use a SMALL cookie scoop to make rounded balls (about 2 tsp dough). Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Press 1 whole pecan into the top of each dough ball. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
Makes about 5 dozen small cookies
For lots more cookie and candy ideas, there are links below for the six previous years’ Christmas Cookies:
First Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2009)
Second Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2010)
Third Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2011)
Fourth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2012)
Fifth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2013)