Sweet, sweet things

I made these cookies a couple of days ago at the bed and breakfast, and I thought they were just so much fun. It’s a basic cookie that’s topped with pecans and a praline frosting, and when you bite into them, it’s a praline rush. Delicious. The frosting hardens pretty quickly, though, so make it just before you’re ready to drizzle. I think next time I’d double the frosting recipe for maximum decadence.

Praline Cookies

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325ร‹ลกF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

Beat 1 1/2 cups brown sugar with butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until just golden. Cool 1 minute on baking sheet; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting, boil 1/2 cup brown sugar with half-and-half in a small saucepan for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth.

Place chopped pecans evenly on cooled cookies, and drizzle with warm frosting. Let stand until set.

Makes 36 cookies.

Source: Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbook.

7 responses to “Sweet, sweet things”

  1. Those look delicious! I love pralines!

  2. I know Jestin’s hand when I see it… how many did he eat before you even had your first one. haha. That looks very fun and I love that praline taste. I am going to make these… as soon as I finish the floor and re connect the stove ๐Ÿ™

  3. Yummy! How are you, Crystal? Check out my blog!

  4. I think I need to avoid your blog until after my sister’s wedding. Otherwise, I’ll never stay on my diet! Those look absolutely yummy!

  5. Fun cookies! I love how they look

  6. Crystal , very sweet ,thanks for this recipe and for a wonderful photo too.
    As we don’t have here in Israel “half-and-half” ,can I use just milk or milk mix with cream?.. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Chanit! Yes, half-and-half is just half whole milk, half cream. You could probably just use milk, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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