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Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

A Touch of Nutty Delight: The Alluring Butter Pecan Cookie

Indulge in a classic with a delightful twist! These Butter Pecan Cookies are a timeless treat, offering a perfect balance of soft, chewy dough and crunchy pecan halves. Packed with rich butter, brown sugar, and the subtle sweetness of vanilla, these cookies are guaranteed to disappear quickly from the plate.

Ingredients:

  • The Nutty Gems:

    • 1 cup chopped pecans - These add a satisfying crunch and a burst of nutty flavor in every bite.
  • The Creamy Base:

    • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened - Creates a rich and flavorful foundation for the dough.
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar - Adds a touch of sweetness to balance the richness of the butter and brown sugar.
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar - Contributes a deeper molasses flavor and a chewy texture to the cookies.
  • The Binding Ingredients:

    • 2 large eggs - Binds the dry and wet ingredients together, contributing to the cookie's structure.
    • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract - Adds a warm and inviting vanilla aroma and flavor.
  • The Dry Essentials:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour - Provides the structure for the cookie dough.
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda - Helps the cookies rise slightly for a soft and chewy texture.
    • A pinch of salt - Enhances the overall flavor profile by balancing the sweetness.
  • The Finishing Touch:

    • Pecan halves - A beautiful and delicious garnish, adding an extra touch of nuttiness on top of each cookie.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Before you begin mixing, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This ensures the cookies bake evenly and achieve the perfect texture.

  2. Line Up Your Baking Sheets: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. This prevents the cookies from sticking and makes cleanup a breeze.

  3. Creaming the Butter and Sugars: In a large bowl using an electric mixer, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Introducing the Eggs and Vanilla: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, stir in the pure vanilla extract to incorporate its warm flavor.

  5. Dry Ingredients Come Together: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. Be careful not to overmix!

  6. Incorporating the Chopped Pecans: Fold in the chopped pecans using a rubber spatula. Ensure the pecans are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

  7. Scooping and Shaping the Dough: Using a medium cookie scoop or a spoon, portion the dough into balls. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a few inches of space between them for spreading. Gently press half a pecan onto the top of each dough ball.

  8. Baking to Golden Perfection: Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are slightly soft.

  9. Letting the Cookies Cool: Transfer the baked cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will continue to firm up as they cool.

  10. Serving Up Delight: Enjoy these delightful Butter Pecan Cookies warm or at room temperature with a cold glass of milk for the perfect pairing!

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