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Pecan Logs

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Nutty and delicious, these pecan logs are a great conclusion to any meal.

  • Yield: Makes about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans (about 5 1/4 ounces), toasted
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process pecans in a food processor until finely ground; set aside.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Put butter and confectioners sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix until well combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture and half of the ground pecans; mix until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic; refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

  3. Roll tablespoons of dough into 2-inch-long logs. Roll logs in remaining pecans. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 1 inch apart.

  4. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until pale golden and slightly cracked, 14 to 15 minutes. Transfer logs to wire racks to cool, about 5 minutes. Sift confectioners' sugar over cookies before serving, if desired. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

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  • weasel_15cool
    12 MAR, 2015
    I made these last night. For me it took more than the 14 min total time but I do like my cookies to be a little crunchy. I used sea salt and I can taste it. Should have read the comments first and used coarse salt instead. The flavor is great, the texture is buttery and smooth. They are a "melt in your mouth" type cookies. I will try some with powdered sugar next time, maybe that will help with the salt. I think that they will be great with walnuts as well. Try them, they are easy to make.
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  • kensadmail
    1 FEB, 2011
    Has anyone tried these cookies? There are a dozen comments about salt and butter and none about the the taste/quality of the cookie! If you have made the cookie, I sure would like to hear how they taste. I always check comments before I make a cookie because I value the reviews of other people. It saves a lot of time in deciding which ones to try.
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  • mykele
    31 JAN, 2011
    The measurement for the coarse salt is correct. You always twice as much coarse as table salt. That is a standard culinary rule. Unsalted butter is much fresher and additive free than salted butter. mykele
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  • SimpleGirl
    31 JAN, 2011
    Use regular salted butter (I only buy one type, and the same brand for years) and use only about 1/2 tsp of salt. You don't need much to counter the sweetness.
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  • MS10658459
    31 JAN, 2011
    unsalted butter contains less water than salted butter
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  • ojolie
    31 JAN, 2011
    The amount of salt could just be a mistake altogether. I'm surprised that with all of the postings through the year that the site hasn't made any comments or suggestions. Baking is a science and we truly need the right amount of ingredients to insure a tasty outcome.
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  • jkgasser
    31 JAN, 2011
    Depending on brands a stick of butter could have as much as 1/4 t. of salt, so if the recipe calls for unsalted and you use salted they could be way to salty.FYI
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  • jkgasser
    31 JAN, 2011
    I've tried these before and didn't find a problem with the amount of salt. I always use unsalted butter, because different brands of butter are more salty and you will know exactly how much you use. Does that make sense? I hope so. Happy baking.
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  • mykele
    28 MAY, 2010
    harvard44, I too have been printing out many of the recipes this past month and many are from at least two year ago. You are my kind of "baker" Wish we could e-mail once in a while. I enjoy sharing good cooking methods and ideas. myke43@msn.com
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  • harvard44
    24 MAY, 2010
    Agree, Mykele! I have already saved nearly every cookie and quick-cook recipe sent out in the "dailies" this month. Liked 'em the first time I saw 'em... PS - so right about unsalted butter and kosher salt.
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