I love this time of year! I love the holidayness :) (is that a word?) anyways I think its great! And from here on out I will probably be making cookies with Lu! Heres the deal, my family, its not big its HUGE and so last year I started baking for them instead of gifts! I never thought it would be enough, but I have come to the conclusion, baking for that many people is hard work, and it is very thoughtful, I mean I love when people give me baked goods, so what I am doing from here until Christmas is TRIAL cookies to see which I like best and which one I wanna do for my family. Most of these I have never even made but I have been scowering through books and blogs to find the best, most unique cookies I can find! And first up are **Pecan Florentines**1/2 cup of pecan halves finley ground (the recipe calls for 3/4 cup, but I didnt have any more)
1/2 cup of flour ... mix the ground pecans in with the flour.
meanwhile in a pot on medium heat bring to a boil, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 stick of butter, and 2 tablespoons of milk. ( I love my little Lu's eyes! aren't they big and beatiful.
After the brown sugar mixture comes to a boil stir it into the flour/pecan mixture. Place cookies on a greased-foiled cookie sheet, drop a tsp full, 3inches apart from each other. Bake on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and lacy & cool completley before next step!
Place 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips in a small bag (ie: ziplock bag) seal and microwave in 30 second intervals, knead bag lightly, and microwave for another 30 seconds or until melted completly, Cut a small corner of bag and squeeze chocolate on the cookies.
Cookies are chewy when still warm, but when they cool they are crisp (they are suppose to be nice and crip. THE VERDICT: They were very pretty and very tasty cookies. I am however a bigger fan of chewy cookies! They are pretty fantastic though, different than most cookies, and have an unexpected factor to them, the chocolate on top never gets "hard" so I think it would be hard to pack them in tins, the chocolate would get everywhere, no longer making them the pretty cookies they are. This is a great cookie, I reccomend making it, and it is holidayish, however I don't think I found "our" cookie yet!
Lu loved them, she was all chocolate faced *wish I snapped a picture of her*
***If you have a great cookie recipe or holiday recipe PLEASE share! Don't forget to link up with Mr. Linky! Get in the kitchen with your kiddos and have fun!***