September 21st in National Pecan Cookie Day.
The pecan is a species of hickory native to Mexico and south-central and southeastern United States. However, today the tree is most widely cultivated in New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. The pecan tree has been Texas’ official state tree since 1919. It’s possible that this day originated in Texas, but this is only speculation.
The pecan is used in various dishes, including cookies. And there is a huge variety of pecan cookies such as butter pecan, maple pecan, chocolate pecan, caramel pecan, orange pecan, and spiced-pecan cookies.
In the states, fall has arrived and a good pecan cookie is a great way to kick off the season.
Maple Pecan Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
Cream butter. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in syrup, egg yolk, and extracts. Stir in flour and pecans. Divide dough in half and shape into logs, about 2″ in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets. Cut logs into 1/2″ thick rounds. Place rounds on cookie sheets at least 1-1/2 inches apart. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Do you have a favorite type of pecan cookie?
Image courtesy of Janet Hudson, Wikipedia. Note that there is a different maple pecan cookie recipe posted with this picture at Wikipedia.