I was over at a friend's house last week and she served me and my kids some pecan puffs. Now, my kids love cookies, but my daughter will pretty much only eat ones with chocolate in them. She LOVED these pecan puffs (as sdid I), so I asked for the recipe. They are light and airy, which makes it hard to stop at just one.
2 sticks butter
2 tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Cups pecans
2 Cups cake flour, sifted
icing sugar for dusting
1. In a food processor combine butter, brown sugar, flour, and vanilla until smooth. Add pecans and puree until mixture is like a paste.
2. Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 45 minutes minutes until firm, then scoop out small amounts of dough and roll into balls. I've also made this a day ahead and baked them the next day.
3. Place balls on a non-stick baking sheet (they can be close together as the dough does not expand much when cooking).
4. Bake at 300 degrees for about 35 - 45 minutes, depending on the size of the balls and how hot your oven is. Remove from oven when slightly golden.
5. Transfer carefully to a cooling rack while still warm (I use my fingers - they are quite delicate). Use a sifter to dust icing sugar over the top of the cookies while warm. Once they are cool completely, dust again.