Pecan Butter Cookies

You can make it ahead of time, freeze it, slice it, and bake it fresh for the holiday season. Any nuts can be substituted by the pecans.

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup pecans, grounded and toasted.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add milk and vanilla. Beat until just combined.

 

In another bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder and zest. With mixer on low, gradually add flour and pecans; continue beating until fully combined.

 

Turn dough out onto a clean work surface, and divide into 2 equal pieces. Shape each piece into an 8-inch log, about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap logs in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a sharp knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart.

 

Bake until edges are golden, 14 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Remove from oven, and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

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