I have been compensated by Bob’s Red Mill to bring you this recipe for Southern Pecan Pie Cookies, and all opinions expressed are 100% my own. I only promote what I truly love!
Growing up in the south, it was instilled in me at a very early age that there is more than one way to tell someone you love and care about them. In fact, it’s always seemed like the language of love has multiple dialects spoken within it, and hospitality is a common thread that holds our love and care for one other together.
Southern Made Simple is my little slice of the internet that celebrates all aspects of the southern culture, including lifestyle (hospitality,) traditions, cuisine, and more. When the opportunity arises to share my southern dialect in a way that conveys love and appreciation through both hospitality AND cuisine, my heart just wants to sing and dance with joy!
There’s an unwritten rule here in the south that states that when someone is in need, has suffered a loss, has experienced a life-altering situation (good or bad), deserves a well-deserved “thank you” or just needs to be shown a little extra love, you break out that apron and whip up a little somethin’ special for them! In my opinion, there’s no better lovin’ than something hot out of the oven!
During the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, it’s especially important to take notice of those around you that may be in need, or may not have family members around to enjoy the season with. For many, the holidays are a difficult time to enjoy because they are grieving, have no family nearby, suffer from depression or mental illness, or have little means of providing for their families in the way that they would like.
Even though I may not be able to change their circumstances, the southern hospitality that is so deeply ingrained in my soul reminds me that I can spread a little bit of cheer by filling their tummies with something good to eat!
I do a ton of baking during the holidays. Baked goods are perfect for wrapping up and sharing with friends and neighbors, and the extra sweetness that they bring is sure to bring a smile to anyone who partakes! (Have you ever seen someone sad about eating a cookie? Think about it!)
When I’ve got baking on the brain, I always reach for Bob’s Red Mill products to make my baked truly shine. One of my favorite cookies to make and share during this time of year is my Southern Pecan Pie Cookies. They combine a classic gooey pecan pie filling with the goodness of a sugar cookie, and they are out of this world delicious!
For this particular recipe, I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Baking Flour. Bob’s Red Mill only uses the highest quality ingredients in their products, and their belief that it’s possible to make the world a much better place, simply by doing small acts of kindness (like baking cookies) has proven to be a beautiful reminder to me while cooking that I can truly change someone’s day by sharing my love for cooking with them. In fact, I recently read an article stating that psychologists have found that cooking for others promotes a sense of well being and benefits the baker as much as (if not more than) the recipient, and I 100% believe that to be true!
This recipe is very simple to make, and rolling out the dough and making indentions in each ball to add the pecan pie filling in is pretty fun! If you’re recruiting the help of young children to help you with your holiday baking, this is the perfect job for them!
Here’s a free printable copy of the recipe if you’d like to print it out and give it a try!
- For the Cookies:
- 2 Cups Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- For the Filling:
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 Tbs heavy whipping cream
- 1-2 dashes ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tbs light corn syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars using a hand mixer until well combined
- Add in vanilla, cinnamon and egg and beat.
- Slowly beat in flour until just combined, being careful not to over beat the mixture.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray
- Roll dough with your hands into 1 inch balls and place onto cookie sheet
- Press your thumb into the center of each cookie to make a "nest" shape
- In a small mixing bowl, combine ingredients to make filling
- Spoon a little filling into the center of each cookie and bake for 10-12 minutes
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
Nothing conveys good old fashioned southern hospitality more than making a homemade dish to share with others, and the goodness of pecan pie wrapped up in the center of a cookie is the perfect way to say “I love and care about you” to those who need a little pick-me-up this season! This recipe can also be made using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-1 Baking Flour for those who may have a gluten intolerance or prefer to abstain from a gluten-heavy diet.
If someone has crossed your mind while reading this post and you think they could use a little extra cheer this holiday season, give them the gift of goodness with these Southern Pecan Pie Cookies made using Bob’s Red Mill flour! Simply bake, cool, wrap up in a box and send them on their way – made with love, baked with Bob’s!
To help kick off your holiday baking, here’s a special coupon for you to print out that will save you $1.00 off any Bob’s Red Mill product!
Do you do a lot of holiday baking during this busy time of year? Does your family make it a priority to share a little love with others by baking treats to give to those in need or as a way of saying “I love and care for you”? What recipe do you have in mind that would be made even better by using Bob’s Red Mill products? Leave a comment below and share the love!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.