Monday, July 26, 2010

Nutty cookies made from the pantry 7-26-10

End of the month using whats in the pantry. These were yummy!!! A bit more like a sweet nutty biscuit for dipping into coffee.

Dry Ingredients::
1-1/3 cups buttermilk baking mix had 1 cup
1/4 cup all-purpose flour used over 1/2 cup
1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup each white and brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans had walnuts instead

Wet Ingredients::
1 egg
3 tablespoons water
3/4 teaspoon anise extract used 1/2 t each almond and vanilla extracts

Glaze Ingredients::
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons water
1/4 teaspoon anise extract used same combo vanilla and almond extracts
1 drop red food coloring didn't had/use

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk baking mix, flour, sugar, and nuts.
In another smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, anise extract, and water.
Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Dough should have a dry consistency like biscuit dough.
Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Cookies should be a light golden brown. Remove to cool on a rack. When cool, paint with glaze.

For glaze:
Mix confectioners' sugar with anise extract and food coloring. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir until smooth. Water may be adjusted to give the glaze a creamy paint-like consistency. Paint the cookies with a pastry brush, or dip them in the glaze with a slotted spoon. Let the cookies dry on waxed paper or on cooling racks.
If you do not glaze the cookies, they will become rock-hard in texture.

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