The above picture is an image of Roger, an alien on the animated show “American Dad”. In the pilot episode of the series, Roger infamously asks the matriarch of the show whether she purchased the pecan sandies he requested. She forgot them, and an exasperated Roger responds with, “Pretty sure I asked for pecan sandies.” I’m not sure why, but my sisters and I find Roger’s line pretty much hilarious.
As such, my sister (Chunklet’s mom) requested I make some pecan sandies, and what better recipe to use than the one in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking cookbook? Unfortunately, this is the first recipe of hers that really didn’t turn out well at all for me.
The cookies you see above are the only salvageable ones from the batter. The first batch spread out too much and turned too brown. The second batch almost burned completely. I finally baked the last batch for only 8 minutes as compared to the 18-20 minutes suggested by Greenspan. And, I still had to allow the cookies to cool longer than usual before they were solid enough to lift from the baking sheet. I’m not sure where I went wrong. Maybe I allowed the butter to softened too much. Or, I didn’t roll out the dough thin enough. Maybe I should’ve made the pecans a finer consistency. I did let the dough refrigerate overnight, which is a good medium between Greenspan’s suggestion of 2 hours to 2 days. Oh, well. The last few cookies were tasty enough, but I’ll have to rethink my approach the next time I make these.