Saturday, December 14, 2013

Butternuts - great Christmas cookie

Saw this recipe on Facebook the other day and thought the cookies looked like a great new recipe to try.  Chris loves butter-type cookies and I knew with the pecans and butterscotch chips - these would be awesome.  Denise posted this recipe on a great website...Just a Pinch.  She said this is her most popular Christmas cookie.  She makes like 500 a year!  How could I not try this cookie!

I did and we love it.  I love the butter-goodness and the crunch of the nuts and butterscotch chips.  Perfect recipe for you to add to your collection of Christmas cookies!

P.S.  I doubled the recipe.  I always like lots of cookies to around during the holidays.  Also, the glaze on this recipe calls for 1 tsp of Rum Extract.  I was a little worried about the rum flavoring but went with it anyway.  The cookies are yummy.  Denise recommends trying another extract if rum isn't your favorite.  I might try vanilla next time!

Butternuts - adapted from Denise at Just a Pinch

3/4 cup butter, room temperature + 1 Tbsp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
6 oz butterscotch chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Rum Glaze ( This is enough glaze for a doubled batch)

3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp rum extract
1/2 cup pecans\
3-4 Tbsp milk

Cream butter with powdered sugar and salt til light and fluffy.  Blend in flour - mixing well.  Add butterscotch chips and 1 cup finely chopped pecans.  Dough is crumbly - shape dough into small balls - scant teaspoonful.  Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until firm but not brown.  Let cool on wire racks.  Make rum glaze - mixing until smooth. Dip the cookies in glaze and sprinkle with chopped pecans.   Enjoy!!

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