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.
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.