If you’ve ever been to the Cracker Barrel gift shop, you may have noticed the Gooseberry Patch line of cookbooks. This recipe for Pecan Sugar Cookies is taken from the Christmas in the Country edition and is one of the easiest and most tasty cookie recipes I’ve ever made. With only five ingredients, these cookies come together with pantry items a well-stocked kitchen typically has on-hand. With a little patience, even the most inexperienced baker could make these. I baked them for my recent office Christmas cookie exchange and they were a hit!
1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
Garnish: red and green colored sugar, pecan halves
Start by blending the butter and sugar together, then add vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour, then chill the dough for 1 hour in the fridge. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll them in the colored sugar. Arrange on ungreased baking sheets; flatten with a glass until about 1/2-inch thick. Press a pecan half into the center. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.