So you know when you're walking down the aisle of a grocery store or some other purveyor of food items including cookies, and you see the one you just absolutely cannot resist. You stop suddenly at the box (or bag, or what have you) and begin a bout of mental fencing in your mind, arguing that while the cookies do taste good, you really don't absolutely need them for survival, as you do with say, oxygen.
But they're good. Oh so good.
This cookie for me is a Pecan Lace Cookie. I love their crispy texture, their nutty flavor, and their sweet...sweetness. And then one day, I found a recipe for them online. Honestly, as much as I love this cookie, I had never really sought out a recipe for one. It was one of those things that had never occurred to me that I could actually make.
And yet, this recipe seemed easy enough that I could. Let's see...
I began my recipe modification (a fancy term used here for laziness) with crushing the pecans in the same mixer that I made the rest of the cookies in. It seemed to work pretty well, and it was one less thing to wash later on. Cool.
Is it going to work? Oh, I just told you it did. Well it was a moment of anticipation for me.
After the pecans looked like that, I just put them in a bowl while making the rest of the batter, then added them back in after everything was combined.
Feeling pretty proud of myself, I began to swagger around the kitchen, boasting statements such as "If I take the cookies off of the baking sheet quickly, I totally won't need parchment paper."
You already knew that this was the helpful hint not to listen to, right? Yeah, just checking.
Relatively undeterred, I took out my spatula and began a'scrapin. Pretty much the middle 80% of the cookies came up, leaving what you can see above clinging for dear life.
Pecan lace bark? Pecan lace pieces? Pecan lace I shouldn't get any more fancy ideas?
Okay, yes, while the delicate chocolate drizzle did not exactly camouflage the fact that there was not one whole cookie on that plate, there was one important thing to note.
These cookies tasted just like the cookies from the store.
Even better, they were arguably less effort to make than going to the store and buying a box.
I'm serious. These cookies are little fantastic sweet crispy bits of joy.
I highly recommend you make them. Just be sure to use parchment paper.