The perfect sandwich meal has several essential components. Thereís an interesting and tasty sandwich, a fresh salad, soup, vegetable, or fruit, and a light dessert. Chips are nice, too, but restaurants might be surprised to find that chips arenít essential! When it comes to a light dessert, nothing satisfies like fresh butter cookies. This article will provide you with a recipe for a crispy and light butter cookie. It will also give some pairings for great sandwich meals to serve before those tasty butter cookies!
This recipe uses the convenience of a food processor.
1 pound salted butter
2 cups of granulated sugar (I use C & H, since I think that it melts better.)
3 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 cup ground pecans (Before grinding, there are 1 ľ cups of pecan pieces. These are ground until they look like a cornmeal-sized flour. They are fluffier.)
ľ teaspoon baking powder (Add this to the last cup of flour.)
5 cups of flour
I like my pecans toasted, but you may skip this step if you wish. On a microwave safe plate, spread out 1 ľ cups of pecan pieces. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between microwaving. This will keep them from burning. In my microwave it takes 2 minutes for this step. The pecans should exude a toasted nutty scent. Let them cool thoroughly before grinding.
Pecans may be ground in a food processor, food chopper, or blender. There should be no large pieces, and the ground nuts are a bit fluffy. They are ground into the size of cornmeal. I grind mine in the food processor. Donít turn them into nut butter!
After taking the nuts out of the food processor, I add the butter to the bowl of the food processor. Cut the sticks into thirds. Let them rest there for half an hour to soften.
Separate 3 eggs. Set aside one egg white for the cookies, and save the other two egg whites. You may use them for other cooking, like egg drop soup. Beat the 3 egg yolks. In a large bowl, beat the egg white until it is stiff.
Process the butter and sugar until they are well blended and light. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, processing them until they are fully incorporated into the butter and sugar. Scrape the butter, sugar, and egg into one side of the large bowl. Fold the mixture together with the beaten egg white. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold it in. Add the baking powder and nuts with the last cup of flour. Make sure to incorporate the ground nuts into the cookie dough until they are completely mixed.
Preheat the oven. Bake the cookies at 400 degrees F. on an ungreased aluminum cookie sheet. Use a shiny cookie sheet; do not use a dark one or the cookies will become too brown. You may also use a parchment lined cookie sheet, if you want easier clean up. You may also make them into balls. Press them down gently with a fork to make a crossed pattern on them.
For unchilled dough- 1 inch diameter balls (about the size of a shooter marble)-bake for 7-8 minutes
For unchilled dough-1 Ĺ inch diameter balls (about the size of a walnut)-bake for 12 minutes.
These are also excellent cookie press cookies. Small pressed cookies need to bake for about 10 minutes. Experiment with your cookie sheets and oven. Just watch the cookies carefully as you approach the time when they are expected to be done.
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Adding butter cookies to an already delicious meal is the perfect touch. They are crunchy, rich, nutty, and filled with buttery flavor. This recipe makes several dozen butter cookies. How many dozen? Thatís up to you! How large do you like your cookies?
Do you have a sandwich meal that you will never forget? For me, that was a Reuben Sandwich after seeing the Ice Capades with my mother. It was a beautifully grilled sandwich made from exquisite ingredients. That unforgettable Reuben was served with slaw, a crispy pickle spear, fresh chips, and a vanilla malt. Heaven on a plate!
Explore the Sandwiches Site at BellaOnline and make your perfect sandwich meal combinations. Then, tell us about them in the Sandwiches Forum. I look forward to hearing from you!