Monday, November 10, 2008

Fall into Flavor - Cookies

To celebrate Fall and all the wonderful flavors of fall and the season of overeating and enjoying all the sugar and butter and nuts, (my mouth is drooling here) it just seems right to share some of my favorite recipes for my weakness - cookies... I just want to thank Linda at 2nd Cup of Cofffee for the opportunity to share and to add another few inches to my hips!

The first one is OLD... I mean it is written in my 3rd grade handwriting.! I first made these at my friend's house. I went home from school with her and spent the night. My son's don't like this cookie as much as others, but I love them. We always called them "Chinese Rocks", but everyone else knows them as "Lady fingers" or "Wedding Cookies".

The next one is just called, "Cookies"... it never had any other name That's the way we got the recipe. My 2nd son actually made these the first time. They were an instant hit around our house and we made them often. I still whip up a batch for comfort.

The third cookie is a fairly new one to our family. I only started baking these about 8 years ago. That year we happened to have a HUGE crop of pecans. At Christmas that year I was looking for places to use our abundance... I found this recipe and have personally been responsible for eating the ENTIRE batch myself... yeah, I did myself proud that year!

"Chinese Rocks"

1 stick of butter (melted)
1 cup of flour (self-rising)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup broken pecan "meats" (I laughed when I read that because it sure does date the recipe)

Mix nuts and flour and set aside. Cream butter,sugar and vanilla. Add flour and nuts. Form into balls about walnut size (I make mine much smaller - like the size of a large bubblegum ball)
Bake at 300* for 45 minutes (until brown - about 30 for my bbgum size)
Roll in powdered sugar while hot...


Mix: 1 cup butter
2 cups sugar

Add: 2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix in: 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 6 oz package chocolate chips
2 - 4 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup chopped nuts (optional for some, but never for me)

Bake at 350* 10-12 minutes until edges are brown

NOTE: I have used white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts - yummm! Also butterscotch chips, milk chocolate, peanutbutter chips... well the options are limitless... these cookies adapt to what you have in your house, or any taste you prefer. So easy!

"Pecan Kisses"

Beat to soft peaks: 1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon salt

Slowly add: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar

Fold in: 1 to 2 cups pecans (halves are perfect)

Drop covered pecan halves (or small clumps) onto greased pan.
Bake at 250* for 30 minutes.

These are so simple and easy to make... not many ingredients at all, but everyone who eats one, comes back for a handful! Then they want to know WHAT is this???

Thanks for letting me share my addiction with you...
Go and check out Lid at 2nd Cup of Coffee for more great Fall comfort food.


lmerie said...

Another day of yummy recipes!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

These sound wonderful! I make TOOOONNNSSS of cookies for the Holy-days, so I may need to add these to my repertoire this year!


Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Oh, Merrie you should link up to Linda's Mr. Linky!

Esthermay said...

omigosh! I was just going to go looking for the "Wedding Cake" recipe this a.m. LOVE THESE! Thank you for sharing! My mother always had these as part of her Christmas cookie assortment and she lost the recipe in her last move. ya' can always attempt to "recall..." but this is better. THANKS. Happy Fall IntoFlavor Monday!

Jerralea said...

These all sound so good! Thanks for sharing them.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I am printing all of these out. Thank you so much! I love my desserts, and at the top of the pinnacle of dessert-love is cookie-love. And I'm cracking up at the cookie recipe called "Cookies." They're like the "Cher" of cookies!