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National Pecan Sandies Day

Pecan sandies, or “sand tarts,” are similar to the sugar cookie but with a nutty addition – pecans! Celebrate this classic cookie on June 23 by baking a batch to share with your friends, family, or co-workers.

Looking for the perfect pecan sandies recipe? Word around the web is the best pecan sandies recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen. Deb, the blog’s writer/cook, snagged this pecan sandies recipe from Claudia Fleming’s “Last Course,” claiming that one of the geniuses behind the recipe is the addition of one small step: “…toast [the cookies] until they’re very dark, which, combined with sugar, brings out an almost maple-y flavor. […] the pecan flavor is louder and the cookie tastes more grownup than what we might be used to.”

Deb also offers some tips for dressing up your pecan sandies – dip half the cookie in melted chocolate or top with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, for example.

To put a healthy spin on your pecan sandies, use whole wheat flour and replace half of the butter with canola oil or use half a cup of canola oil and half a cup of applesauce.

And for the super healthy conscious, those with food allergies, or anyone on a special diet, check out Erica Kerwien’s (of Comfybelly.com) sugar-, gluten-, grain-, and lactose-free Salted Pecan Sandies.

 

Sources: Slashfood.com, Smittenkitchen.com, Comybelly.com

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