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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pecan Dreams

Whenever I look at cookbooks, I am always drawn to dessert recipes that call for pecans.  And....
I love cookies, especially cookies with pecans!  With fall approaching, I am hopeful that I will be cooking this fall and winter with our own pecans from our pecan trees.  We won't know the quality of the pecans until they fall off of the tree and we crack them.  So, let me prepare you now for lots of recipes coming up that call for pecans.  Let's see there will be pecan pies, pecan rolls, toasted pecans, sweet potato casserole (pecan topping), divinity, fudge, pecan cookies, etc.

Pecan Dreams is a Paula Deen recipe and you know she knows how to cook!

                                                               Pecan Dreams

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 - 8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup chopped pecans

Topping:

1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 cup Heath Bits O' Brickle Toffee Bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9 X 11 inch square pan.

Stir together confectioners' sugar and flour in a bowl.  Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut cream cheese and butter into flour mixture until crumbly.  Press mixture into prepared pan, distributing evenly.  Pour nuts over mixture and press into dough.  Bake for 30 min.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

For topping, whip cream and granulated sugar together with a handheld electric mixer until stiff; fold in almond toffee bits.  Spread over cake.  Cut into squares.  Store in refrigerator.

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