Saturday, December 5, 2009

Noel Nut Balls

When I am looking for a recipe on the Internet, I prefer to go to a trusted, tested food site and then search. Oh, I have listed the ingredients into Google to see what recipe might pop up, but even then, I am cautious in my choices. I'm too old to eat a bad meal. My calories must be delicious. It was this preference for tested recipes that led me to the Martha Stewart site where I found her Christmas Cookie recipes. This morning I made "Noel Nut Balls." I took a few photos of the process in my kitchen. Click Here to link to Martha's Recipe.
According to the recipe the pecans should be hand chopped. I chopped enough pecans for a double batch. Sometimes, I hand cut pecans one at a time to be sure to get an even texture. For this recipe, I think that the varying size that results from this type of hand chopping will add interest to the cookies. One thing that caught my attention about this recipe is that it uses honey. We have a supply from local honey producers in the white pail. Click Here to see some of the busy bees and hives in GriggsDakota.
The dough is quite stiff and easy to handle as I turned it onto a piece of plastic wrap. I used the wrap between my hands and the dough as I formed it into a square.
Into the refrigerator for three hours to chill. I could easily make cookies right now from this dough, but today I plan to follow the directions.
The recipe says that you can make about five dozen, so I've cut the dough in eight each way. When I was learning my multiplication tables we would say "Eight times eight fell on the floor, I picked it up, It was 64." Approximately five dozen.
I rounded the corners off slightly by hand rolling, but the cookies were still cubes of dough when I put them in the oven.  The dough is very stiff and easy to handle, but not easy to roll into balls. I don't think that will matter to me.
After baking the cookies have formed a bottom and a more rounded top, but are squarish, which I like.
This nine inch square container holds both batches and they are melt in your mouth delicious. Robbie, my resident taste tester proclaimed, "Wonderful!" They will look very winter wonderland on a plate.
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1 comment:

  1. Oh, I love this post and especially love the photo at the top of your blog!! The big flakes and the familiar road "home" to your place and your folks place are like something from a Garrison Keillor story. Enjoying your blog although i don't post very often!!

    Love- Rennae J.