|Maple Brown Sugar Pecan Cookie frosted with Maple Glaze.|
On Thursday we went to the Fourth Avenue Street Fair for a bit. It was interesting and there were lots of people looking at the various items for sale. We decided to take advantage of the food vendors there and eat lunch. Needless to say I was floored when two orders of curly fries, a philly cheese steak and two lemonades topped out at almost $30. Maybe it would have been worth it if the food had been incredible, but it wasn't anything extraordinary. Still, we purchased a few things at the fair including a Christmas gift for a family member.
Normally, I don't discuss politics here but the end of the week really left me depressed. Recently, Jan Brewer, our governor, decided that transplant patients who are on AHCCCS (the Arizona version of Medicaid) would not be allowed to get transplants. In one pen stroke she sentenced 98 people to death. It is so bad that Keith Olbermann of MSNBC has begun a fund to try to raise money to get these people back on the transplant lists. Just amazing!
Shortly after finding out about Ms. Browning's efforts I learned that Jan Brewer and her Brewercare death panel had decided to stop funding medications for HIV patients. I have a friend here in town who relies on the program (funded by the Federal Government, by the way) for his medication. He now is out of medication and has no prospects of getting more. In essence, another death sentence by Mrs. Brewer and friends in Phoenix. Folks, this is what Republican healthcare reform looks like.
Needless to say, I'm quite depressed by the lack of compassion, caring, and charity in Arizona. I don't think I've ever been in a place less caring than this one and it truly saps the spirit.
So, while Michael was teaching and no good football games were on TV (I can't possibly bring myself to cheer for the Cardinals today) - I decided to take my mind off things with some baking.
I had some Fisher's Brown Sugar Pecans that I found in the seasonal section of the grocery store last week. They're made by Fisher's. I wanted to do something with them and finally hit upon a Maple drop cookie with pecan pieces.
This turned out very nicely. Similar to a sugar cookie made with brown sugar, these are soft and chewy with a crackled surface. I used two approaches to decorating them. In one batch I used a maple glaze made with powdered sugar, maple extract and water and topped with pecan pieces and in the other I simply rolled the dough in Turbinado sugar before baking.
I love the taste of these. The maple extract gives them a nice maple flavor and the brown sugar pecans finish off with a great praline taste. I used a bit more salt in the dough than usual because I love the little hit of salt against nuts in a sweet cookie. It also helps cut the sweetness of the double hit of sugar and maple.
These are lovely and a great pick me up on a day when it seems the world has stopped caring.
Recipe: Maple Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp. maple extract
- 1/4 cup Fisher's Brown Sugar Pecan Pieces
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and maple extract and mix until combined and smooth. Stir in pecan pieces. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. With mixer running, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Drop by rounded spoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (If rolling in sugar place 1/4 cup Turbinado Sugar in small bowl and roll each ball of dough in sugar before placing on baking sheet.) Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes until cookies begin to brown at edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min
Number of servings (yield): 36
Meal type: snack
Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)
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