Post #609 Cookies!!

November 14, 2018 at 12:19 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I had a weird weekend.  I twisted my knee badly on Friday and since it was swollen and in pain, I had to stay off it for a few days and keep it elevated.  I tried to get out and about but it wasn’t working.  Then on Sunday, I got the flu shot, so Monday was a bust.  Luckily, I had most of that time scheduled off from work and only had to call out for four hours.  But by Monday, I was going stir crazy.

I decided to make cookies, but not the standard chocolate chip cookies I usually make.  I didn’t even do one of my “other” cookies, like sugar cookies, or butter cookies, or oatmeal cookies, or even shortbread cookies.  I decided to make one specifically for Partner/Spouse that he’s been craving for years, but can’t find in the stores in the way he remembers.

We all have that one cookie we remember from our childhood that seems to be unattainable.  For me, it’s two.  Keebler used to make a chocolate sandwich cookie with a chocolate cream in the center.  I used to eat bags of them.  Then they disappeared.  Then someone must have found a bunch in a forgotten warehouse because they were suddenly on the shelves again, tasting exactly as I remembered.  I bought several bags and for a couple of months was very happy to see them every time I went to the store.  Then they were gone again, and haven’t been back.  I found an acceptable substitute from a company called Dare, but it’s not exactly the same, and I’ve gone off the whole concept.  The other cookie was a budget style, vanilla sandwich cookie that had a brown butter flavor to the cookie and the filling.  They were cheap and plentiful, and the taste was so unique and so good, I bought them all the way into my adulthood.  When I left Arizona, they stayed there.  I’ve never seen them anywhere else.

For Partner/Spouse, there are also two.  One is by Mother’s brand, and is a frosted animal cracker.  Don’t suggest the one by Keebler, or Archway, or any other you might see.  He’s tried them all, and they don’t pass muster.  It’s got to be Mother’s brand or none.  It’s the flavor and the texture.  And the memory.  Once in a while we find them, but not too often.  The other is a nut-filled shortbread round ball shaped cookie he calls a Wedding cookie.  It’s covered in powdered sugar and is distinct in its look and its flavor.  We typically only find them around the holidays, but he craves them all year round.

And I found a “similar” recipe in Taste of Home that I thought would work.  They’re called Pecan Meltaways, and this is what they look like:

And they aren’t very difficult to make.  Just meticulous in the way they’re made.  The recipe says it’ll make four dozen one inch spherical cookies, but I used a tablespoon and got two dozen.  I think a larger cookie is nicer than a smaller one, anyway.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar as needed for rolling cookies

Cream the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and blend well.  Add flour and salt and beat until a dough ball is formed.  Using a wooden spoon or your hands, mix the pecans thoroughly into the dough.  Cover and chill for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350.  Portion cookies by level tablespoon and roll gently between your hands to form a ball.  Roll the balls in powdered sugar until completely coated.  Place on baking sheet sprayed with vegetable oil.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until set.  Cool in the pan for five minutes then roll in powdered sugar to coat completely.  Set on wire rack to cool completely.  When cookie is cooled completely, roll in powdered sugar again to coat completely.  When all cookies are done, let set for thirty minutes, then roll in powdered sugar again and set back on wire rack.  Allow to air dry for two hours then store in air tight container.

Partner/Spouse loved them!  He also said that next time, we’re going to use cashews.  That’s the flavor of the cookies he remembers.  So perhaps this weekend?  Or maybe for Turkey Day!

One thing I noticed, though, is the nuts need to be chopped finely.  If they’re too large, the cookies won’t shape easily.  If they’re too small, they won’t have the crunch nuts are supposed to have.  Play it by ear, you’ll do just fine.

As always,

Ooops, sorry, meant to say,

2 Comments

  1. Those pecan cookies are delicious! And have a 1,000 and one names. We called them Mexican Wedding Cakes, my mother in law called them Pecan Puffs. But no matter what name they ride under, they are nearly my favorite cookie ever.

    I agree with hubby about the Mother’s iced cookies, those are in a world apart from the others.

    The cookie I dream of is an Archway cookie with apricot filling. I’m not usually a lover of soft cookies, but those are perfection. I’ve not seen them in ages, and in fact my hubby hadn’t ever heard of them.

    Hopefully, your knee is 100% operational again. Nothing worse than wrenching a knee out.

    • Yes, I’ve heard them called many other things, too. I remember those archway cookies. Matter of fact, there’s a post about them here on the blog somewhere! My favorite was the apple filled and the cherry filled. My knee is healing well, but it has it’s moments. Today, after all the snow and rain, it’s acting up a bit, but it’ll be fine. Thanks for writing!


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