We have seven pecan trees in our yard and about one in five years they make tons of great pecans. Luckily, this is one of those years! For weeks I’ve become quite adept at cracking and prodding little pecans out of their shells and have gotten about two and a half quart bags full! Now I get to make those pecan recipes that have been lurking in my “to-try” file all these years.
I’ve been wanting to try these cookies forever. It’s a cookie, it’s a pecan pie – what a perfect combination! They were fairly easy to throw together, but take an extra few minutes to spoon the pie filling into the cookie. Way worth it, though. This was one good cookie and will be great for the holidays.
The brown sugar cookie is good by itself, but put that rich pecan pie filling on it and you’ve got one little delectable dessert. If you and your family like pecan pie, you’ll like this cookie.
- 1 C firmly packed brown sugar
- 3/4 C butter , softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 C chopped pecans
- 1/2 C firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 C heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
Combine the brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla into a mixing bowl and mix until creamy. In a small bowl, stir the flour and baking powder together, then add 1/2 C. at a time to the mixing bowl, mixing between each addition (mix on low or you'll have flour all over you) until well combined. Refrigerate dough for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper on cookie sheets and roll cookies into a 1 1/4" balls. Put the filling ingredients into a medium bowl and stir well. Press a round thumbprint well into each cookie and fill each well with about 1 tsp. of filling (it should be fairly piled up on the cookie). Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet, then move them over to a cooling rack. Store in an air-tight container with waxed paper between layers.
Tips and Stuff: Don't skip the refrigerated dough step. It helps keep the cookies puffy instead of flat. Don't over bake the cookies so that they'll come out soft. It's a great contrast between the soft cookie and crunchy pie filling.