“Pretty sure I asked for pecan sandies…”

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.

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ronda
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 11:55:28

    They still look tasty though!!

  2. Serene
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:09:12

    Oh, disappointing! But the photos are great. 🙂

  3. Mary
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:18:29

    I find cookies are actually really difficult to bake – they always overcook or undercook. Love the way you and your sisters get hysterical about ridiculous things – my girls are the same way!!
    Mary x

  4. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:19:27

    I’m glad Roger has a glass of red wine in his hand -I’m pretty sure I ordered a bottle.

  5. ceciliag
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 13:24:23

    I am with Ronda.. they still look good! c

  6. JamieAnne
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 14:31:05

    I see Pangaea cookie made it’s way from Texas to Chicago. 🙂

    The cookies look yummy!

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 14:42:07

    It’s usually the fault of the oven, and rarely the cook when these things happen.

  8. My Journey With Candida
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 14:57:57

    Those look very good. Even if they didn’t turn out well.

  9. Andi Winslow
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 15:29:07

    Hi I agree with Rufus above comment, they do look pretty, and sure they tasted good, Hate when that goes wrong. Quess we all have had our issues with cooking and baking…………………andi

  10. Parsley Sage
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 16:35:52

    I don’t mind a burnt cookie every now and then 🙂 These sound like they’d still be super yummy!

  11. Three-Cookies
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 16:53:33

    They sound delicious though. Maybe it was too warm in your kitchen and the dough warmed up before being baked?

  12. Life is Full
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 18:09:19

    Sorry they didn’t turn out well, I hate it too when that happens. I’ve read that too soft butter could lead to cookies spreading. The ones that did turn out look tasty though.

  13. Liz
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 18:10:14

    Oh, drat! I have great memories of store bought pecan sandies from my childhood. I’m sorry this recipe wasn’t “the one.” Hoping you’ll have better luck with your next attempt~

  14. High Heels and Good Meals
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 18:46:05

    Oh how Ive missed drooling over your blog! lol! Burnt or not these cookies look tasty!

  15. Tanvi
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 22:52:21

    Oh sorry to know abt recipe debacle..but the ones in pictures look so so yum!

  16. Elaine
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 23:30:55

    That’s too bad. It’s so frustrating when a recipe doesn’t turn out quite the way you expect. The ones that you salvaged sure look good though.

  17. ambrosiana
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 23:44:51

    Isn’t this frustrating?? The time and the effort totally lost!! I have been there!! Anyway, those that you got to save turned out well!!

  18. muppy
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 05:32:47

    bumma! i have never even heard of pecan sandies….

  19. Cakelaw
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 05:56:10

    The ones that turned out look pretty good! I have ha dplenty of recipes not turn out, including some Dorie ones, so no matter. I wasn’t aware of the quote about pecan sandies – love it!

  20. Peggy
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 09:03:09

    I just happened to finish the American Dad series on Netflix – Roger is by far my favorite. The pecan sandies look pretty darn good to me – so I hope you don’t give up on them =)

  21. forgottenbeast
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 09:32:19

    Pretty sure baking failures are just a great excuse to munch on the cookie dough instead 😀

  22. cooking varieties
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 09:50:54

    hi yummy chunklet, i am just like muppy- never heard of pecan sandies..
    very blurr as to what went wrong and very blurr to say whether this is delicious looking or not.. ha ha ha
    great try is all i can say- don’t worry, better luck next time

  23. spicegirlfla
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 11:15:06

    Your photo shows some nice looking cookies and I bet dipped in that red wine Roger is holding, they taste amazing!!

  24. Caroline
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 13:47:17

    Hey, they still look delicious to me! I’m sure I’d still eat the entire batch. 😉

  25. chunklet's mom
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 14:46:19

    “pretty sure I asked for pecan sandies”~ They still look good! I would have eaten the burnt one 🙂

  26. TrafficDiva
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 15:36:43

    The pics on this blog are of two of my favorite things in life…Wine & Cookies! =)
    For the ton ‘ o cookies that you’ve made for me and the WGCI crew, if it’s your oven that’s causing the problem, we’ll get you a NEW ONE! I agree that it couldn’t possibly be the fault of the cook (certainly NOT in this case!) so we are passing around the hat for your new oven. Let’s see….$0.83, a paper clip, and some Chuckey Cheese tokens…we’re halfway there! LOL!!

  27. torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 18:13:45

    this looks fabulous looking forward to see what you will send to the event 🙂
    regards Akheela

  28. Ryan
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 18:38:35

    Ha, Haaa, LOVE American Dad– such a funny show! These look great but I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you. That always stinks especially when you are really looking forward to trying a new recipe.

  29. Simply Life
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 18:54:02

    I didn’t even know what these were…but now I want to try them!

  30. Kathy
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 19:22:49

    So sorry this didn’t work out for you…It has happened to me more times then I care to think about! It’s very frustrating! They do look pretty!

  31. Louise
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 20:19:01

    I too have fond memories of Pecan Sandies. Don’t be too hard on yourself, Yummy, I would venture to say they are all gone and tasted oh so good!

    Thanks for sharing…

  32. sophia
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 20:36:02

    Oh dear, sorry it didn’t turn out great! They still look delicious. Perhaps the butter you used was too soft? That happens to me when I over-soften the butter; the batch spreads out in the oven and burns rapidly.

  33. Tasty Mayhem
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 20:45:54

    Nice picture and quote to start off the posting. Hope you keep testing recipes for the sandies. When I ate cookies they were a favorite – and love that you posted the mishaps. Reassuring not to be the only cook with mishaps. I may yet post about my okra braised in tomato failure this week…

  34. Terra
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 21:48:23

    I have those baking frustrations too, but somehow we always win in the end right? Those cookies ended up gorgeous to me! I wanted to reach through my screen and devour one! Hugs, Terra

  35. kitchen flavours
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 02:14:29

    I have not tried any of Dorie’s cookie recipes yet! Sorry to hear that these did not turn out well for you. I have to keep in mind, about the ‘could be’ if I do make this. But they do look really good!

  36. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 08:03:14

    Hey they look great to me and I bet they tasted amazing. I know it sucks to put time and effort into something and it not turn out the way we want but it teaches us a lesson each time. Not sure what the lesson is in this go round but I bet next time you will try a different recipe? LOL! Love the idea of a pecan sandie though and again I bet they were great

  37. peachkins
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 08:40:19

    they looks delicious !

  38. Mary
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 11:26:21

    They may not look the way you wanted them to, but they certainly sound delicious. taste is always what counts. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  39. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 11:46:15

    love love pecan sandies, sorry about the problems..i also overbaked cookies recently. but they do look tasty!!

  40. oneexpatslife
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 12:03:07

    Sorry, no helpful tips from me, but the ones you salvaged sure look good. I love pecan sandies.

  41. Miriam Barton
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 14:55:55

    They look yummy to me 🙂

  42. Anita Menon
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 00:57:04

    But the ones in the picture look so nice. I am flipping through the book myself to check out the recipe.

  43. Sadhana
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:19:22

    These looks so delicious and I am sure would have tasted great.

  44. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 15:11:28

    LMAO as my teenager would say. Thanks for that. I needed it. Sorry about the recipe gone bad. It happens sometimes. Any slim chance you used margarine and not butter? That can happen. Only other thing is too little flour to butter and egg ratio.

  45. Yuri
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 19:24:21

    You’re hilarious! Always smile when I come visit your blog. Sorry the cookies didn’t turn out, things like these happen all the time…

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