Grandma Cochrane’s Homemade Pecan Sandies
Before I jump into telling you all about my Grandma’s recipe for Pecan Sandies, I have a confession to make. We did not hike Half Dome last weekend. 🙁
It had a lot to do with the wildfires that are raging in the foothills approaching Yosemite. The roads we use to access Yosemite have been closed. We would have to drive an additional two hours one way to get to Yosemite Valley. Additionally the wildfires have made the air quality dangerous. Between that and realizing we weren’t as trained as we should be we decided to postpone the hike until next year.
I’m disappointed because I had hoped to share great photos and maybe even a live feed, but… not this year! Instead, we’re going to grab some cookies and drown our sorrows. You hear what I’m saying?
Even though we did not hike Half Dome, my folks still came down (they were going to be our cheering section after the hike). A busy week turned into a lazy visit, which was just lovely. Dan and Dad watched sports while Dad and I talked photography. Mom and I dug thru Grandma’s recipes and decided we HAD to make some cookies. Some sweets would make us feel better right?
Mom’s Mom (my Grandma) was a Home Economics Professor. She traveled all over the United States sharing her knowledge and teaching curriculum. Her favorite recipes were always sweets!
Grandma and Grandpa Cochrane lived in South Dakota and we lived in Oregon. I remember being surprised one day when we came home from school and they were at our house, we had no idea they were coming! It was right before Christmas and Grandma spent the week before making every cookie, fudge and cream puff recipe imagineable. Pretty sure that was one of the sweetest Christmas’s ever!
Mom did her best to decipher Grandma’s handwriting. We improvised a bit because when we got to what we thought was the end, the cookies were way too crumbly to stay together.
We updated Grandma’s recipe and added 1/2 cup of finely chopped figs, an egg and a pinch of salt.
I dropped them by spoonfuls using a small scoop. That works really well to keep them uniform in size. Using a small scoop this recipe made 36 cookies. (Super easy recipe too!!)
These cookies are slightly sweet, cake-like beauties with a richness and crunch from the pecans! Yummy to dunk in milk, great with a cup of coffee!
I’m proud to share another great family recipe with you! I hope you enjoy this recipe and these cookies as much as we are!
Grandma Cochrane's Homemade Pecan Sandies
Old fashioned Pecan Sandies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup figs finely chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop the figs and the pecans, set aside.
Cream together the butter, egg and sugar. Add the vanilla and water, mix well.
Blend in the flour and salt in two batches
Add the pecans and figs - mix again by hand.
Using a small ice cream scoop, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
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