the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas
doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a
little bit more! --- Dr. Seuss
While there are
many versions of this cookie, often called "wedding cookies", this one
has long been a Rosso family holiday tradition. Quite honestly, we
think it's the best we've ever tasted. The secret is the honey, even
though you hardly know it's there. That, and baking the cookies to an
ever so slight golden brown so they take on a nutty flavor. Rolling them
twice in the powdered sugar is another little secret. There's little
reason to save them for just one season of the year. Store in a tin and
they'll keep for several weeks . . . if you can resist them that long!
tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature,
plus extra for greasing the cookie sheets
• 3 tablespoons honey
• 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup shelled pecans, chopped moderately fine
• ¾ cup Confectioners' sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease one or two cookie sheets.
2. Cream the butter. Beat in the honey; gradually mix in the
flour and salt, then the vanilla. Add the pecans. Wrap the
dough in plastic and chill for one hour.
3. Form the balls by hand, the size of quarters. Place two
inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake until golden
brown, 35 - 40 minutes.
4. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven; as soon as the
cookies are cool enough to touch, roll in the Confectioners'
sugar. Allow to cool and roll again in the sugar.
Hansel and Gretel came to a little cottage. When they got quite near,
they saw that the little house was made of bread and roofed with cake.
The windows were transparent sugar. There must not have been a very
strict building code."
--- Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964
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