Talk about starting fresh. This week has brought for me: a new year, abrupt unemployment, a new (very strict) diet intended to get my "silent migraine" symptoms under control and a drastic change in my daily routine. My emotions, feelings and thoughts have been all over the place. At times, it feels like I am living somebody else's life! I don't even have my beloved computer anymore (sniff), so until I get a new one I am using the verrrrry slow computer that I have owned for 7+ years. It still gets the job done, but it takes double the time. Weee!
These cookies are most definitely NOT part of my migraine diet, so it's a good thing we finished eating them well before I started. You know those treats that you don't necessarily think you'll love, but then you bite into them and you think, OHMYGOODNESS HOW AM I GOING TO STOP EATING THESE? Yep, this is one of those treats.
(Source: Real Simple magazine)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spread 2 cups of pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool. Process the toasted pecans in a food processor until they are finely ground.
In a medium bowl, whisk together:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, combine:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
Using a hand-held mixer, beat the mixture on medium-high speed until it is light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Beat in 1 teaspoon almond extract. (I believe the original recipe called for vanilla, but I love almond extract for holiday cookies and almost always make that replacement.)
Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
Shape the dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and place them 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven until just lightly brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Place 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookies in the sugar to coat. Enjoy!
And HERE. Is to a FRESH. CLEAN. Start. Happy 2012, everyone. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blog and for being a part of my life.