Thursday, November 19, 2009
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable or butter flavored shortening
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped (see notes)
Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease baking sheet.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
In a medium bowl, beat together butter, shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, honey, lemon peel and lemon extract. Beat until smooth. Add flour mixture, stir until a soft dough forms. Stir in toasted pecans.
Drop dough by measuring tablespoons 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until a light golden color (do not overbake). Cool cookies on the baking sheet on a wire rack 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Because nuts are rich in oil, toasting brings out the flavor and aroma. Toast them in a 350 F. oven in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 10 minutes, stirring at least once. Smelling the aroma of toasting nuts is a signal that they are ready to use. Once at this stage, they will scorch easily.
Toasting pecans extends the flavor of the pecans and makes it seem like there is more than a cupful in the recipe.
You can also add 1/2 cup of mini white chocolate chip to this recipe.