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BUTTERNUT COOKIES

BUTTERNUT COOKIES

The Butternut Cookie: A Legendary Holiday Treat

Calling all cookie enthusiasts and Christmas cheer mongers! Look no further than the Butternut Cookie, a recipe that has become a legend in my kitchen. This melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece is guaranteed to be your new holiday favorite, and with good reason!

Why You'll Love These Cookies:

  • Family Favorite: These cookies have been a cherished tradition for years, and are now the most requested Christmas treat by family and friends.
  • Simple Perfection: Don't be fooled by the incredible flavor – this recipe is surprisingly easy to make. With minimal ingredients and straightforward steps, you can whip up a batch in no time.
  • Packed with Flavor: The combination of rich butterscotch chips, crunchy pecans, and a touch of rum glaze creates a symphony of textures and taste sensations in every bite.
  • The Perfect Holiday Treat: These cookies are festive, delicious, and perfect for sharing with loved ones during the holiday season.

Ingredients:

  • For the Buttery Base:

    • ¾ cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature + 1 tablespoon
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • For the Flavorful Mix-Ins:

    • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 (6-ounce) package butterscotch chips
    • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • For the Optional Rum Glaze:

    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or water
    • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • For the Finishing Touch:

    • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Creaming for Perfection: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, powdered sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. This will take a few minutes with an electric mixer.

  2. Bringing in the Flour: Gradually add the all-purpose flour to the creamed mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

  3. Flavor Explosion: Fold in the butterscotch chips and chopped pecans with a rubber spatula. Ensure they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

  4. Shaping the Stars: Using a scant teaspoon of dough for each cookie, roll the dough into balls. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving about an inch of space between them.

  5. Baking to Golden Perfection: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, or until they are firm but not browned.

  6. Cooling and Resting: Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack before decorating or glazing.

  7. Rum Glaze Magic (Optional): In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, rum extract, and milk or water until you have a smooth glaze. The consistency should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

  8. Glazing for Shine (Optional): There are two ways to glaze your cookies. You can either dip the tops of the cooled cookies directly into the glaze, or spoon the glaze over the cookies.

  9. The Pecan Touch: Regardless of how you glaze your cookies, sprinkle them with chopped pecans for an extra festive touch. Allow the glaze to set completely before storing or serving.

Tips:

  • For chewier cookies, bake for a minute or two less.
  • The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 hours before shaping and baking.
  • Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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