These healthier pecan butter cookies are made with whole-wheat pastry flour and plenty of nuts. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

Debbie Limas
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Beat butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and add to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed until combined. Stir in pecans.

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  • Divide the dough in half and use lightly floured hands to shape each portion into a 6-inch round log. Wrap each log in wax paper and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Unwrap the dough and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon on a shallow plate. Roll the logs in the sugar mixture, then slice each into 24 (1/4-inch-thick) cookies. Place the cookies about 2 1/2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake, one batch at a time, until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Wrap dough in wax paper and plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Store cookies airtight for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten-forming potential than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Both are available in large supermarkets or natural-foods stores (or online from bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com). Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

Storage smarts: To extend the life of your baked goods, store them in an airtight container in a single layer or between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Nutrition Facts

63 calories; 3.7 g total fat; 1.4 g saturated fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 26 mg sodium. 13 mg potassium; 7 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 0.7 g protein; 66 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mcg folate; 7 mg calcium; 3 mg magnesium; 4 g added sugar;

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