Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ice-cream scoop pecan and cinnamon cookies

Ice-cream scoop pecan and cinnamon cookies

An old love and a new love, that’s what I have here: cinnamon and pecans. Even though pecans were no stranger to me, I had never baked with them until I made these cookies. After trying them I was really glad I had another package of pecans in my fridge.

I don’t need to tell you about my love for Donna Hay’s recipes anymore, do I? Her food is oh, so good. These cookies were published on her magazine, issue #33, and I slightly adapted the recipe using granulated sugar instead of superfine.

Just so you know it, the cinnamon flavor on these cookies is subtle; they were so delicious they might even convert those who don’t like the spice. :)

Ice-cream scoop pecan and cinnamon cookies

Ice-cream scoop pecan and cinnamon cookies
from Donna Hay magazine

- metric and imperial measurements found in the magazine; I used my scale

125g (4 ½oz) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup (110g/4oz) granulated sugar
¼ cup (44g/1 ½oz) light brown sugar
1 egg
1 ¼ cups (188g/6 ½oz) all purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
150g (5 ¼oz) pecan nuts, toasted and roughly chopped*

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/355ºF; line two large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper. Place the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Fold through the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and pecans – dough will be very stiff. Scoop the mixture, using an ice-cream scoop, onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart – cookies won’t spread much.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer cookies to wire racks.

* I ended up using a total amount of 230g pecans for 2 recipes

The magazine published that the recipes yielded 6 cookies - I doubled the recipe, used a ¼ cup capacity ice cream scoop and got 26 cookies (!!!)

Ice-cream scoop pecan and cinnamon cookies


Meeta K. Wolff said...

Oh these look great - crunchy and cinnamony. They like pop right out and I widh I could grab one. i need nerve food right now!

Deborah said...

I love cinnamon, and these are just screaming at me to make them!!

Peter M said...

I'll be back...I'm going to get a cold glass of milk to dip my cookie(s) in!

Emily said...

Ha ha- Guess what? I picked up a copy of Donna Hay, at my bookstore, and looked though it (since you have mentinoned it so much). I really liked the recipes, but I couldn't believe how expensive it was!

The cookies look great! I love the pecan cinnamon combo.

Helene said...

We got lucky with our pecan tree these past few years and I stashed a whole bunch of shelled ones in the freezer. The cookies look phenomenal!

Anonymous said...

these look incredible, Patricia! sorry for having been comment-shy lately, I hope to be more present from now on. hope you are well!

bakeorbreak said...

I love just about anything with pecans. These look delicious! Love the addition of cinnamon - another of my favorite things.

Anonymous said...

I adore cinnamon. So I'll be definetly making these. They look quite easy.

Brilynn said...

Those look great! I'm definitely making cookies tonight!

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love Donna, and pecans, and cinnamon, and cookies ;) Love your Donna pecan and cinnamon cookies!

Anonymous said...

I've never tried a Donna Hay recipe, can you believe that? Total newbie. But there's always a first time. :)

Beautiful cookies again. God...and I LOOOVE cinnamon and pecans.

cookworm said...

I love pecans but am new to Donna Hay. These look great, I'll give them a try!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Cinnamon and pecans -- such a great combination. I love making cookies with an ice cream scoop -- they all come out the same size!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I love the name of this recipe, Patricia. No wonder why they're all perfect!

test it comm said...

Great photos! Nice presentation!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Good thing you doubled the recipe, Patricia. Six cookies are just not enough! They look great!

Anne said...

The cookies turned out lovely...I think a can finish a bagful of this :)

Barbara said...

Pecans and cinnamon sound like a good combination.

LyB said...

No need to convert me, I love cinnamon and pecans! Those look totally delicious Patricia!

Anonymous said...

Crunchy delicious.
Your cookies look gorgeous, as usual.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a delicious combination! I wish I could have one of those cookies right now!

Anonymous said...

This is interesting since I usually sees nuts paired with chocolates in cookies. You're definitely tempting me to make them! =P

Sarah said...

Pecans and cinnamon--just thinking about this combo makes my mouth water.

Veron said...

these look scrumptious!

Anonymous said...

whoa - how big are these cookies supposed to be? they look goood.

the opposite happened to be a week or two ago - i was making stuffed gnocchi, and although the recipe said i would end up with 3 dozen, i ended up with about 15. needless to say, 2 or 3 made a meal.

Cakespy said...

I'll bet the cinnamon gives them a great taste. These really look and sound fantastic--and beautifully spiced.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your cookies look perfect! Pecans are my favorite nut and combining them with cinnamon sounds wonderful.

Gigi said...

I love Donna Hay! You should see the hoops I jump through just to get her magazine. I can't wait to make these cookies!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Cinnamon just can't be beat. These look excellent! Sneaky with the ice cream scoop!

Cakebrain said...

Wow, those cookies look amazing!

Jeanne said...

Happy Easter! I have tagged you for a meme - hope you haven't done it recently:

Anonymous said...

These cookies sound superb, and look even more superb! Oh how I wish I could just grab them through the screen. Save one for me please!

Cynthia said...

After reading your post and staring at these cookies I can't help but crave one.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Another use for my ice cream scoop!

Jaime said...

i don't like pecans but cinnamon cookies sound pretty good to me :)

Lia said...

wow another great idea for tea time snack :)

i love ur shoot

Peabody said...

These sound lovely. I love cinnamon and pecans.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These just sound like the perfect cookie to me..pecans and cinnamon in one large chewy cookie:D

Unknown said...

These look fabulous, Patricia! I think your blog has slowly crept into my psyche. I find myself baking, of all things! (And I still swear that I don't!)

Amy said...

I'm not the biggest cinnamon fan but I bet I would absolutely love these cookies!

Anonymous said...

Pecan cinnamon cookies sound delicious and as always your cookies look so perfect. Yum!

Mallow said...

Those look great. I wouldn't have thought to put pecans and cinnamon together, but now that I think about it, it sounds perfect. Yum!

Kelly-Jane said...

They look great, anything with cinnamon and I'm there! I recently got some scoops sent from America for cookies, and they make it so easy.

kickpleat said...

all my favorite flavours in 1 cookie! looks amazing and so delicious.

eatme_delicious said...

Those look tasty! I've never made a Donna Hay recipe before. Saving this one!

brian said...

These turned out really nice looking. Great job.

Rita Sella said...

thise looks absolutely delicious, you have tempting shots too ^_^

Patricia Scarpin said...

Meeta, I can exchange some of these for those delicious lime bars you made. ;)

Deb, you definitely should bake these, sweetie. :)

Peter, go ahead!

Emiline, it is expensive. I'm a subscriber and it's a gift I give myself once a year. :)

Helen, lucky you! :)

Celine, you are so adorable. Thank you for your kind words!

Jen, you have some delicious recipes with pecans on your blog - some are on my to try list. ;)

Peter, I'd love to hear your opinion on them.

Bri, thank you, dear!

Linda, I love them all. ;)

Joy, you should start, but be careful because they're pretty addictive. :)

Cookworm, do so!

Lydia, I'm getting addicted to the scoop. :)

Susan, working with the scoop is really good. :)

Kevin, thank you

Susan, I agree. :)

Anne, thank you, sweetie!

Barbara, they are.

LyB, thanks!

Dayna, thank you, dear.

T.W., I'd send you some if they traveled well. ;)

Bernice, go ahead and make them. :)

Sarah, they're great together.

Veron, tks!

Michelle, tks for stopping by! They are big but one is not enough. :)

Cakespy, I'm biased because I love cinnamon. :)

Lynn, thank you, darling!

Gigi, I love her too! Her magazine is fantastic, isn't it?

Tanna, I agree.

Cakebrain, thank you!

Jeanne, I'll check that out, tks!

Hi sweetie! I'll save several for you. :)

Cynthia, they are delicious, my friend.

Kieran, yes! :)

Jaime, really? Try these with another nut. :)

Lia, tks for visiting!

Pea, I love them too. :)

Bellini, addictive combo. :)

Toni, I'm sure you baked goods are fabulous, my dear. :)

Amy, I think so!

Julie, tks, my dear!

Mallow, Donna's idea. :)

Kelly-Jane, aren't they so practical?

Kickpleat, thank you!

Ashley, you should give these a go.

Brian, thanks!

Rita, you are far too kind, sweetie. Tks!

Anonymous said...

Everybody step back!
Those are mine.... all mine!

Stella said...

GOSH, the cookies strike back! I want the bucket!

Sarah said...

Mmmmmm...I've just recently discovered that pecans taste amazing in cookies, and since I loooooove cinnamon, these might be my new favorite cookie! (Even though I've not actually made them yet...) ;)

LyB said...

Hi again Patricia! There's an award for you over here...

Katie said...

How fantastic are these! If only the weather would warm up so I could make some ice cream!

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