Happy Valentine's Day!!
Bo has declared these to be "the best cookies in the whole world." Every time he snags a cookie from the container, he says those exact words. So we've got it on good authority that these little guys are yummy and perfect.
But why ask him? I mean, I am kind of a cookie queen, am I not? Well, today's recipe is a new one for me on so many levels. It's my first time making these cookies, my first time eating these cookies, and my first time seeing what these cookies are even supposed to look like. Yeah.
And while I'm being honest here, I'll admit that I'd always assumed that Pecan Sandies were named after some woman named Sandy, back in the 1950s. You should've seen Bo's face when I told him that part. He laaaaaughed at me and then said it had something to do with the sandy cookie texture. Turns out he's right! (I totally googled it last night.)
These cookies have a deliciously buttery, crisp texture and the hint of roasted pecans is such a perfect match. They're the best kind of crumbly cookie, but the addition of a Dove milk chocolate Promise just puts these cookies at the top of the list. Bo's list, that is. I'm still a tried and true chocolate chip cookie fan.
Wishing You Heart Smiles,
adapted from Allrecipes
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. (100g) sugar
1/2 c. (109g) brown sugar
1 c. (115g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. (512g) flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
2 c. roasted, chopped pecans
48 Dove chocolate hearts, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a separate bowl. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, 1/4 at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the pecans. Dough will be a little sticky.
Chill the dough for an hour, then scoop dough into balls and place 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Keep remaining dough refrigerated. Bake cookies for 10 - 12 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Press chocolate hearts into centers of cookies, and remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Makes 4 dozen.