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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Baking Extravaganza!

So, it's an annual thing with me to gather a bunch of girlfriends and do some holiday baking. I think it's so much easier to get together with 3 or 4 girlfriends for a whole day, each bring a few recipes and get it DONE! Yes, it makes for a long day, but in the end you go home with tupperware containers filled to the brim and your freezer stocked for the endless holiday gatherings you'll be attending. If you're willing to give up a Saturday to do this, then go for it! Of course there is also TONS of laughing, eating, drinking, and well, a few mistakes. (I won't mention names....ummm.....Jenelle:)

I will be posting a few of the goodies throughout the week. Try them!

One that I contributed was called a Pecan Meltaway.....probably because they do literally melt in your mouth! And this little bite is a nice change up from all the chocolate we tend to consume. To make things easier, I made the dough the night before and put it in the refridgerator. Trust me, this saves you tons of time the next day (and a lot less clean up).

Pecan Meltaways
1 c. butter, softened (I used unsalted butter sticks)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. chopped pecans
Additional powdered sugar

In mixer (KitchenAid is the best!!!), combine butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine flour and salt and gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in pecans. Refridgerate until chilled (or overnight like I did).

Roll into 1 in. balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min. Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar and cool on wire racks. When cooled, roll again in powdered sugar.


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