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Pecan Praline Lace Cookies

These thin, lacy cookies provide plenty of eye candy and taste a bit like candy too. I spotted these online several months ago and have been itching to try making these. While the recipe assures you that it's simple to make, it took me several tries to get it right. These spread out a lot while they bake so at first the edges were overlapping a lot. In addition, I kept burning them. (Note: You're supposed to let the baking sheet cool in between batches! Didn't notice that line until I had finished.) A food processor would've made chopping the pecans a whole lot easier. Despite the effort, I think these would be worth making to wow dinner guests. Tastes great paired with vanilla ice cream.

Pecan Praline Lace Cookies
The full original recipe includes directions for molding these into more shapes.

If using a baking sheet more than once, simply wipe off the excess butter with a paper towel. Be sure to let the tray cool before dropping the next batch of batter.

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup packed.dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the pecans and flour. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir the dry ingredients into the pan. Transfer the batter to a bowl and stir occasionally until it thickens into a dough and is cool enough to handle, about 25 minutes.

  3. With moistened hands, roll the dough into various size balls, depending on whether you're making cookies, cups, or coronets (see below). Place on ungreased baking sheets, 3 to 7 inches apart, depending on size-they spread quite a bit. Bake about 32 minutes, or until the active bubbling subsides. [It didn't take anywhere near that long for me. I ended up just checking every 5 minutes to see how it was coming and I think mine took 5-10 minutes to bake.] Place the baking sheet on a rack and let cool until the cookies are firm enough to lift with a flexible metal spatula but are still malleable, 3 to 5 minutes. Working quickly, mold each into shape and set on a wire rack to cool completely. If the cookies get too cool and brittle to mold, put the tray back in the oven for a minute to soften.

    To Make 24 Cookies
    1. With moistened hands, mold level teaspoons of the dough into balls. Place about 12 balls on an ungreased baking sheet. Follow the instructions above. When the cookies are set but still flexible, transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat with a second tray. [I must've made the balls too big or something. When I put 12 balls on the sheet, they all merged into one giant sheet which I subsequently burned. I finally settled on 4 balls spaced far apart and that worked ok.]

    To Make 24 Cigarettes
    1. Follow the baking instructions for cookies, but when you lift a cookie off the baking sheet, roll it around a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon [put the bumpy side on the outside]. Lay it on the cooling rack, seam side down. If the cookies get too brittle to mold, put the baking sheet back in the oven for a minute to soften them.

    2. (optional) Dip the ends in melted chocolate. Immerse one end of a cookie, then the other, shake off the excess chocolate, and dip the end into a small bowl of grated chocolate. Lay it on a sheet pan lined with parchment or waxed paper. When all the cookies are dipped, place the tray in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes, just until the chocolate sets.

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oh, they look delicious.. if only I liked pecans!

You can substitute in finely chopped almonds instead if you like. I had seen recipes for almond lace cookies too.

Oh goodness, pralinen. I'll have to try these next weekend. You're bad for my waistline. :-p

Want another praline recipe? also not helpful for your waistline...

Sweet Jesus that looks good! Great pics!

so i am on this no-sugar diet for two weeks. i'm not even eating fruit. so these pics are like torture, lol. but wow it looks delicious. i love pralines!

oops. Resist! and just bookmark this for 2 weeks later :)

That looks soooo goood. I love pecan praline!

Do they keep reasonably for a day or two in an airtight container or do they lose their crispiness and go soft? I'd consider doing these to have with ice cream and bring and share the leftovers at work!

I left my few leftovers out on the counter overnight so I'm not sure how they would've held up in an airtight container. Looks like they do get a little softer but they still have some crispness to them when you bite into them.

What can I say -- Wow!!!!!!

I think I need you to come round my house and make me dinner! :p

I'm game. I've never been to Europe...I wonder if I could backpack through Europe and exchange meals for crash space?

oooooh, those are my favorite cookies.

I always have a hard time picking out favorites but these rank near the top for favorites to look at at least :)

I´ve made those, or something very similar, before. They´re so yummy!

heh...I was reluctant to find out what they tasted like because I was so caught up in how pretty they looked (once I quit burning them)

I saw this post on food_porn at first, but since I don't check usernames in communities usually, I didn't realize it was you.. Then I saw this post. Wow, those look delicious.

Your food photos are always rockin' ... nice work!

Oh these look great.

You are such a fabulous food stylist.

Thanks! So....what's a food stylist?

Mmmmm, looks great! I'll have to try them.

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