Heartfelt Thanks | Pecan Sandies

I can’t honestly say I’ve given much thought to making New Year’s resolutions this year. New Year’s Day came and went so fast it was nearly a blur.  In fact, I find most days are a blur around here. We are in a  baby time warp of sorts. It’s hard to tell the difference between day and night. It’s hard to remember to eat, to write, or even bathe. It’s quite an adjustment, but it’s also absolutely wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing.

However, if I were to really get on board with the whole New Year’s thing, I might resolve to be better at keeping in touch with dear friends. It’s true I make this same resolution nearly every year, but this year it’s more important than ever. Or, I suppose, this year with the birth of dear Maeve, I realize I have wonderful people all around me. I’d like to keep it that way too. Friends like all of you are pretty darn fantastic.

So, to begin the year in this positive manner, let me first express my deepest heartfelt thanks. Your kind words, calls, emails, texts, gifts of food and fun, were greatly appreciated by our fledgling family. In fact, it brings a tear to my eye to write about it. We were pretty overwhelmed by the generosity and the thoughtfulness. It makes me beam just to think about the wonderful community of people Maeve will always have around her. So, thank you. Thank you!

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to whip up anything really elaborate in order to express my gratitude, but I did manage to find a moment of calm in the kitchen while K took care of Maeve.  I made you cookies. They may be simple Pecan Sandies, but they are truly buttery and delicious. I am sure you will like them whether they are warm from the oven just dipped in powdered sugar or perfectly crumbly the following afternoon with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.  Pecan Sandies are truly one of my all-time favorite cookies. So, of course, it seems right to share them with all of you today. You, after all, are some of my absolute favorite people.  And, you deserve a cookie. You do.

Perhaps you can make baking delicious cookies one of your New Year’s resolutions? I think it is abundantly appropriate. It’s so boring to resolve to lose weight or exercise more. Food is far more fun, I think.

Enjoy and, again, thank you all for being so lovely.  And patient. My oven is making a triumphant return, albeit slowly.

Pecan Sandies

1 cup salted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

3 tsp. water

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose unbleached flour

1 cup chopped roasted pecans

3 tablesppons confectioners’ sugar

Combine butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a bowl. Cream these ingredients until smooth and pale yellow.

Stir in the water and vanilla. Add the flour, nuts, and mix until the dough is thick and creamy.

Wrap the dough in wax or parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Remove from refrigerator and allow to warm slightly until the dough is malleable, about 5 minutes.

Shape the dough into balls the size of a rounded teaspoon and drop the balls onto a greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Flatten the balls slightly with the prongs of a fork.  Bake until the cookies are pale golden brown, about 20-22 minutes.

Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Coat cookies in confectioner’s sugar by rolling them in a mound of sugar. Set on rack to cool further.

Enjoy. Makes about 36 cookies.

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  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    I can imagine it must be overwhelming to think about cooking routines now. I hope you are enjoying every second with baby Maeve!

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  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    I love pecan sandies so much that I even like the store-bought ones. I never thought about making them myself. Yours look wonderful!

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Glad to see you back in the kitchen so quickly! I don’t have any kids yet, but I can only imagine how it changes your routine in every way possible. Looking forward to hearing all about motherhood!

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    She is beautiful! Congratulations! I adore pecan sandies…I will have to try your recipe.

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Your pecan sandies have prompted my stomach to growl. I suppose that’s what I get for checking your delicious blog between work and dinner time! Maeve is so precious!!

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Sending lots of love to your sweet little family – Maeve is truly a beauty!!

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Those are wonderful cookies!

    Maeve is a real beauty!



  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Oh, you are KILLING me with those scrumptious baby pictures!!!!! She is way sweeter than any old pecan sandie (though of course, I adore those, also). And please, keep it up.

    Merry, happy, family-ing to you, Robin. Oh, what a ride…

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    oh I just love looking at her- what a beauty (as well as those cookies)! :)

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Pecan Sandies, yum! They happen to be a favorite, thanks so much. PS Miss Maeve looks very content.

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Even amidst your busy first weeks you’ve found the time to be gracious and bake cookies. Super Mom? No doubt your sweet little Maeve will grow up well surrounded by you, K and all the wonderful people you speak of here. Excellent choice for a first recipe back!



  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Those look so delicious! I can’t believe you found some time to make cookies with little Maeve around. :o)

  • January 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Maeve is so beautiful! They change so quickly. There is so much to document!

    I love pecan sandies, so buttery, nutty and a classic comfort.

  • January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

    Those cookies are fabulous!
    Maeve is sooo cute!!

  • January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

    Aw she is the darling-est little thing, Robin! Please take all the time you need to return to blogging. Especially after visiting my little sisters (2 and 4) this weekend, I don’t know how parents do it — I’m entirely worn out after only 3 days!! As for these cookies, I know they’re delicious because I just made something very similar! Great minds…right? ;p

  • January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

    Congratulations on your newest family member! She is just lovely!

  • January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

    Gorgeous cookies, even more gorgeous baby, I can’t take it! No, I take it back, I can, I’m glad you’re making a return to this little corner of the world and I’m glad life is so delightful over there on the west coast. Keep being wonderful. :)

  • January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

    Hello and Congratulations!

    I stumbled across your blog from Kirk’s website or FB (can’t remember exactly) – we were in MCDM together – and I absolutely love it.

    Your writing is fantastic and your skill for combining story with recipe is artful. What a great combo of creativity – Kirk’s photography and your storytelling and recipes.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your writing as you get back to cooking more (although it must be hard with such a sweet little girl).


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      January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

      You are too kind. I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. It’s a labor of love and we really love working on it together!

      Happy New Year,

  • January 11, 2011 - | Permalink

    Happy New Year to you all! Thank you, too, for sharing the growth of your family with us. :) What a year it has been!

    The pecan sandies look delectable. On the list to make for this weekend. Will pay it forward and pass it off to more folks.


  • January 12, 2011 - | Permalink

    Wow, you JUST had a babay and you’re back to baking already! SuperMom!

  • January 12, 2011 - | Permalink

    Yummy yummy yummy. I adore pecans, but I’ve never had a sandie. Weird. These look absolutely adorable, but not quite as much as dear Maeve. What a sweetie, congratulations again!

  • January 13, 2011 - | Permalink

    Little Maeve is such a doll- I know you must be enjoying her. And I’m sure you enjoyed those pecan sandies as well. They look scrumptious!

  • January 13, 2011 - | Permalink

    Pecan Sandies are a big deal, Robin! Especially considering that you just recently gave birth. Plus, I’ve never known anyone to make them at home. Just you and Bonnie over at Sweet Life, and I only know you guys through blogging. Everyone loves them too-such an underrated food that most people really do love once they are sitting in front of us! Yours look wonderful…:)

  • January 13, 2011 - | Permalink

    Ooh, I meant to also mention that Maeve is so pretty! Very wonderful…

  • January 14, 2011 - | Permalink

    Congratulations! What a sweet little baby, the photo just warms my heart. :) I went through the same wonderful experience last year, kitchen time was limited at first but things chage fast, really fast, my 13 months old now says ‘hi’ (read ha!) to the Kitchen Aid mixer when she is in the kitchen. :) The pecan sandies look really yummy by the way!

  • January 14, 2011 - | Permalink

    Just discovered your blog, and first things first: your baby is absolutely beautiful!
    As for your pecan sandies (which I know and love as “Russian tea cookies”), they look really really tasty. And you are right, baking delicious cookies like these would be a perfect New Year’s resolution!

  • January 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    Congratulations on your new baby. I just discovered your blog, I´m in spain and new to this. I´ve also created my blog, about a couple of months ago and I love your work and your pictures. If you ever have time (now with the little one it will be more difficult) and you fancy a good read and some spanish recipes, you´re welcome to drop in.
    Kisses and regards fron SPAIN (north, the basque country)

  • January 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    I’m all about the cookies these days, I will be coming back to this recipe.

    Maeve is so, so beautiful! What a darling girl. I am glad you are getting back in the kitchen slowly, allowing yourself to adjust is so important.

    Cheers to the new year and to a resolution to bake (and eat) more cookies.

  • January 19, 2011 - | Permalink

    oh, she is so beautiful. congrats, robin.

    also! these might be my favorite kind of cookie. well, right behind coconut chocolate chip. i’ll have to try out your recipe. :)

  • January 20, 2011 - | Permalink

    Your little girl is so pretty!!!

  • January 22, 2011 - | Permalink

    Those cookies look awesome and that cute little girl is just beautiful!! Enjoy your baby girl!!

  • January 23, 2011 - | Permalink

    Hooray, she’s here! Cookies and a beautiful baby girl! Welcome to the world Maeve, you’ll forever eat like a queen! Congrats!

  • January 24, 2011 - | Permalink

    You expressed your thanks to all of us- I want to thank you for being so incredibly talented and for opening your world to the rest of us. Awesome cookies, beautiful post and I love seeing Maeve , sweeter than the cookies. I passed on a Stylish Blogger Award to you via mine. If I could I would pass on many many awards to you! Much happiness in 2011.

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  • April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

    What a beautiful little girl! This just brings such a warm feeling <3

  • April 6, 2013 - | Permalink

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for post-pregnancy cooking

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