Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Curling Cookies

If you didn't know this already, I curl! Every Monday evening, I head out to our local curling rink and chuck a 4o-odd pound hunk of granite down a length of ice, and then I sweep like crazy. It's fun, it's social, and it's good exercise. It's a great group of gals this year, and every other week we have "goodie night" in which two teams, in rotation, bring some small snack to share with the league. We usually have really great spreads and everyone looks forward to goodie night!

So, tonight, two recipes that are related to curling goodie night: one is from a lady who brought these amazing pecan cookies in and everyone wanted the recipe! She was kind enough to print off a whole bunch for us, and these were so good that I made a double batch for my Christmas baking spree this year. The second recipe is one that I made when it was my team's turn to bring goodies. I got the recipe from an issue of Taste of Home that my good friend Pierce was kind enough to send me a few weeks ago. It's actually an OceanSpray recipe, but it was a good one.

Pecan Cookies, courtesy D. of my curling club

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2/3 cup pecan pieces
pecan halves, for the tops

Do you need directions? Seriously? OK: cream, combine, drop, stick a pecan half on top, and bake @ 350F for 8 minutes.

It is KEY that you underbake these for a fudgey, chewy cookie.

They spread quite a bit, so make sure to drop them onto the sheet about 2" apart.

Lovely cookies!

OK, so I made these really nice Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, found here.
I do NOT recommend you bake these at 375F as the recipe tells you to! That is way too hot for white chocolate! Do not bake any chocolate above 350F, especially white.

Other than that, nice recipe!


Donna-FFW said...

Both of these sound like theyd be great additions to any cookie tray!!

Never heard of curling, sounds like a great workout.

Captain Karen said...

Hey! Those oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies showed up at my cookie exchange yesterday!!!!

Great info about the chocolate. And thanks for all the tips you left on my blog re: melting. That was certainly one of my problems...I think I had the oven at 400!

Future Grown-Up said...

I've seen curling, never tried it, but my hat is off to you (If I had one)...curling looks like some serious exercise.

Love the cookies. But then again, you can rarely go wrong with recipes involving pecans.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely cookies! The oatmeal ones must be divine!



A Year on the Grill said...

tatooed curler... I always picture old Norwegians as curlers. you must... fit right in???

Love the pecan cookies!!!

Bob said...

You curl? That's awesome! :D

The cookies look good too. Heh.

monicajane said...

mmmm...the oatmeal cranberry look soo good even if they cooked too high

Van said...

"Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies"

OH WOW. Nice!

That is sinful....

Chris said...

I've never known someone that actually curls. I've seen it on TV and knew what it is, but just didn't know anyone that did it.

So....when you are sweeping the kitchen, do you run along doing it, pretending you're curling? ;)

Wandering Coyote said...

Chris: LOL! Actually, I don't! But now that you've mentioned it, I might start!!


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