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How to Make Pecan Sandies

April 5th, 2013 Cooking

The nutty, buttery cookies known as pecan sandies are sold by a variety of brands in stores. But you can make these treats right in your kitchen! Here's how.

To make about two dozen cookies, you'll need 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1/4 cup of softened margarine, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of sifted confectioners' sugar, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cups of chopped pecans.

After you've gathered your ingredients, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Combine the margarine, vegetable oil, granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Once the mixture is consistent, beat the egg in a separate container and add it to the large bowl along with the vanilla extract. Then gradually sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt into the mixture before adding the chopped pecans.

Use a spoon to measure out the dough and make them into round balls, powdering the cookies with leftover sugar. Put them onto an ungreased baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each cookie, and flatten them out a bit. If you want, press a whole pecan into the top of each cookie before baking for decoration. They should bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Let the cookies cool before serving. If you're concerned about them sticking or if your cookie sheets are old, line them with parchment paper before putting the dough on them.

Want to mix it up? Try mixing cranberries in with the pecans, or substituting the nuts for almonds. You can also use brown sugar instead of white granulated sugar, and butter instead of margarine.