Thursday, December 18, 2008

CHRISTMAS COOKIES

I was invited to a cookie exchange on tues night. It was so much fun. Here was my contribution:

NOEL NUT BALLS

Ingredients
Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon bourbon or orange juice
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans (best if chopped by hand)
1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling
1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and honey until fluffy. Add bourbon, and beat to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pecans, confectioners' sugar, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and beat to combine. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats) or parchment paper. Roll the dough, 2 teaspoons at a time, into balls. Place on prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between them. Bake until brown around the edges, 12 to 13 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Roll in confectioners' sugar to coat.


The honey gives these a wonderful flavor!
{recipe from martha stewart living}

2 comments:

Shay Dawg said...

OMG Emily! Those cookies are gorgeous! If you ever make something yummy like that and need someone to sample them, you know where to find me! :-)

the Kargis Family said...

Thanks for coming. It was a really fun night. Next year ugly Christmas sweaters!