I grew up so close to New Orleans we would jump in the car and buzz right on over there. Just any ole reason was a good one to go and pay them a visit. I love pralines and love anything that reminds me of one. These cookies are crispy and have the buttery praline flavor. This time of the year I always get home sick for some of those wonderful foods…gumbo, crawfish, beignets, cafe au lait, and po boys oh goodness let’s go! Come on!! Or how about some swamp water…. or booo-danh which is a wonderful sausage stuffed with a wild array of things. Oh, goodness back to the cookies ~ sorry. These are somewhat like an ole timey tea cake with a praline flavor and pecans.
14 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar firmly packed
1 large egg
2 tablespoon whole dried milk~ got mine from King Arthur
1 3/4 cups all ~ purpose flour unbleached
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350
Prepare a baking pan, lined with parchment paper
In a standing mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Once butter is light in color slowly add salt, baking soda and dried milk. Mix this well then add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated completely. Slowly add flour and mix until flour is incorporated. Fold in pecans.
I use a small cookie scoop to make balls of dough and place on baking sheets a good 2 inches a part so cookies do not run together. This is about 1 tablespoon of cookie batter each.
Lightly flour hand and press each cookie until is about 2 inch + circle.
Bake until golden brown about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.
I am going to show you a picture of the dried milk there is three kinds I keep around for my bread and I have learned if I put a little in cakes they turn out so much better? I have the nonfat, buttermilk and the whole milk. You can get this at many of the markets as well. I did get the whole milk powder at King Arthur and the other at Publix’s.