Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Butter Pecan Coils

These are deceptively simple and very tasty. A holiday favorite.


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
1 egg white, beaten


Beat together butter, icing sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in flower in two additions to make a soft dough. Stir in 1/2 cup of the pecans. Divide dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into 8-inch log. Spread remaining pecans on waxed paper. Brush each log with egg white.
Roll logs in pecans. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. With a sharp knife, cut logs into generous 1/4-inch slices. Arrange on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees until firm and just beginning to turn golden, about 16 minutes. Transfer to racks and allow to cool.

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