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Pecan Discs

Written By Srimathi Mani on Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 2:10 PM

With just a month and a half to go before school closes, my daughter's school has a lot of activities lined up. One such event is the school roundup where they have a mini fair at school. One fun activity in the round up is the Cake Walk.  Cake walk is similar to musical chair and bingo, only here they have squares drawn and each square is assigned a  number. The number of squares is equal to the number of people participating in the cake walk. When the music is turned on the participants walk along the boxes and when the music stops a number is called out. The person who stands in the square with that particular number walks up to the table loaded with goodies and picks up the treat she/he desires. The treats are usually something that parents donate in the form of baked goodies like cakes, cookies or cupcakes. So, my daughter and I baked Pecan Discs( as she called it) this afternoon for the event. It was a lot of fun and was finally approved by my little pastry chef. Her evaluation was that, she liked it a lot because it was chewy in the center, had a mild sweet on the inside but, the sugar on the outside was perfect to even out the sweet taste. This is super easy to make and we were done baking in less than 30 minutes.


Gadgets:

Bowl
Measuring Spoon
Measuring Cup
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Whisk or Electrical Mixer

Ingredients:

Butter - 1/4 cup ( at room temperature, very important)
All Purpose Flour (APF)- 1 cup
Pecan Meal - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup for coating in the end.
Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp




Preparation: ( Recipe makes 24 cookie discs)

1.Set the oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl whisk the butter until it is smooth, then add sugar and mix well.

2. Add in 1/2 cup at a time the APF and the pecan meal and mix well.

3. Add the vanilla essence. It will  become a very dry dough, but you will be able to make balls with it. Shape it to the size of a small limes.

4. Once the balls are made, place each ball in the middle of your palm  and press so that they become slightly flat like a space ship.

5. Dab them in sugar on both sides and place it in the parchment lined cookie sheet and into the oven to be baked for 8 minutes. Then remove the tray from the oven and turn it around (so that the side that was facing the inside of the oven is now closer to the oven door) and bake for another 8 minutes.

6. You will see the bottom of the cookie turn a little brown. Remove and allow it to cool on a rack and enjoy some good cookies from your cookie jar.




18 comments:

  1. They are looking fabulous like nankatai.

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  2. Well they are perfect for morning,noon and night. I so love your recipes. They are easy to make and looking great!

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  3. Never heard of pecan meal............must give a try.

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  4. Wow, that looks very crispy and tempting..cute click.

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  5. Super easy ... its perfect . I wish I was there in cake walk and called out to be treated with these pecan discs..hee hee..

    Beautiful click ...

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  6. Very new to me.. Lip Smacking cookie..

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  7. woow..so soft and deliicous..melt in your mouh kind of...

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  8. Wow I have to send in baked goods to my son's school next week.These cookies are going to be a part of the bake off.Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and easy recipe

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  9. the pecan discs looks so delicious..
    nice presentation.very tempting ..good snack

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  10. I feel jealous on all u people who do wonderful baking :) Looks fabulous !!!

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  11. WOW...looks like it will melts in the mouth!!

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  12. Such a cute pecan discs, am allergic to pecan, will try with almondmeal,thanks for sharing...Looks like our nankhattais as Suma told..

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  13. tempting cookies...simple and easy to make....

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  14. they look so perfect...Pecan is one of my fav and def these cookies are my fav too :-)

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  15. I have bookmarked the recipe. Very simple and looks delicious, as it has also been approved by your kiddo too :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe. And what do you think if I substitute pecan meal with almond or any other nut meal?

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  16. Thank you all for the great comments. I dont know if it is like nankatti's. Its been a long time since I tasted them. As for the substitution of the nut meal, I think you can use almond or any powdered nut of your choice. I used pecans because I got a box from the new grocery store Sprouts.

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  17. lovely recipe... love how the cookies are plump :)

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