Thursday, December 16, 2010
Mom’s Pecan Dreams/My Favorite Christmas Cookie!!!
I love this time of year as it gives me an excuse to bake a lot of cookies for family and friends. What would Christmas be without cookies?
These Pecan Dreams were my favorite Christmas cookie when I was growing up and to this day ~ they are still my favorite! I could hardly wait for Mom to bake them when I was a kid and I could probably say the same for my brother Jim. I always knew that Christmas was getting really close when Mom would pull out the bag of coconut and the package of pecans. The wafting aroma in the air as they are baking is indescribable! I love coconut and this cookie reeks of coconut!
Mom’s Pecan Dreams has two layers. The light bottom layer made with butter, confectioner’s sugar and flour has an almost cake-like delicious texture. The top layer is a combination of brown sugar, pecans and coconut; common ingredients, but just the perfect combination for a melt in your mouth cookie. They are lip smacking good!!!
Mom’s Pecan Dreams
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 cup sifted cake flour (a must!)
Cream butter, add powdered sugar and cake flour. Mix well. Spread in bottom of 13" x 9" Pyrex baking dish.
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans
1 ½ cups flaked coconut
Beat eggs till light, add brown sugar, blend well.
Add flour and baking powder. Mix well.
Blend in pecans and coconut.
Pour over first mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cut into squares when cool.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mom’s Pecan Dreams!
Be sure to check out my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking. She is hosting a Tate’s Bake Shop giveaway!