September 21 – National Pecan Cookie Day

Pecan cookies are a great snack enjoyed at all times of the day. A perfect sweet and savory treat that can be a yummy breakfast or delicious dessert. Or a secret snack. Back a batch with the recipe below to celebrate or visit your local store or café and grab one to munch on. With over 1,000 varieties of pecans, there is something for anyone (who does not have a nut allergy). They are a great source of protein, antioxidants and unsaturated fats that reduce cholesterol. So, when stress gets too high today, reward yourself with a pecan cookie.

Facts to go nuts about:

  • Taken from the Algonquian word, “pecan” means a nut needing a stone to crack.
  • To reach the top of the Empire State building in New York City, you would need 11, 624 pecans stacked end to end.
  • 80% of the world’s pecan supply comes from the United States.
  • With over 600,000 trees, Georgia, Albany is the pecan capital of the U.S. They also host the National Pecan Festival. This is a fun-filled festival including races, National Pecan Queen crowning, parades, cooking contests using pecans and other activities.
  • Texas has the pecan tree as their state tree.
  • Texas governor, James Hogg, asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his grave when he died because he liked them so much.
  • Pecan cookies are a great semi-healthy snack.
  • Usually combined with butter biscuits, pecans add a soft and crunchy texture to the chunky cookie. Butter biscuits are generally soft and crumbly, making them a perfect combination.
  • In North America and some European countries, it is a common delicacy around Christmas time.
  • Pecans provide about 10% of the recommended daily dose of zinc – which helps produce testosterone. This is the hormone responsible for desire in men and women and helps prevent osteoporosis.

A recipe that does nut get butter than anything else:
Ingredients:

  • Softened butter – one cup
  • Brown sugar – 2/3 cup
  • Egg – one large
  • All-purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Salt – ½ teaspoons
  • Pecan halves – 1 and a half cups
Method:

  • Cream the butter, brown sugar and egg until well mixed in a large bowl.
  • Slowly add salt and flour. Mix until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll into dough balls and place a few inches apart on cookie pans or sheets.
  • Flatten the balls with a flour-dipped glass bottom and press a pecan into the top.
  • Bake until lightly colored – about 10 to 12 minutes.

 

A day that would make even the cookie monster proud, celebrate today with this delicious snack. And it’s half healthy, so it’s a perfect secret treat! Go nuts. Literally.


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