Friday, December 16, 2011

Pecan Praline Cookie Triangles


Any type of confection with the word praline in it and I am all over it! When my husband and I first got married we found an ice cream–Pralines and Cream made by Frusen Glädjé. (Whatever happened to that ice cream anyway?) It was a Friday night treat for us and it may have been one of the best ice creams ever made! Consequently, I am a huge praline fan!



This would be a great cookie to add to any goodie plate. Buttery, rich and full of pecans. I caught my hubby sneaking one last night and he said something to the effect that they were out-of-this-world good. Yes, I have to agree!

Pecan Praline Cookie Triangles

Ingredients

Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
Filling
  • 3 cups pecan halves, divided
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the crust, combine flour, powdered sugar and baking soda. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Lightly press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 10 x 15 1/2 inch cookie sheet (9x13 will work as well, cooking times may be a bit longer). Bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, for the filling, reserve 1 cup of the pecans for garnish; chop the remaining pecans. Combine the chopped pecans, brown sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Pour filling over the warm crust, spreading to the edges of the pan.
Arrange the remaining pecan halves over the filling.
Bake 17-19 minutes or until filling is set in the center.
Remove from oven, cool completely.
Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desired.
Cut into 32 squares. Cut each square in half diagonally.

Yield: 64 triangles (if using 10 x 15 1/2 inch pan)

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