A sudden uncontrollable urge to bake something, anything, hit me at around 10.20 pm tonight. Perhaps it had been the relatively long hiatus (well, one week) since my hands had prepared something edible, but it was an itch that needed desperately to be scratched.
The practical side of me however recognized that a late Friday night was not the time to attempt creating a lavish multi-layered cake spread with tempered chocolate ganache, or prepare a water bath for crème brulèe. It had to be something simple which could be baked in a jiffy that would leave me enough time to post this entry and still get sufficient beauty sleep.
I decided on Butter Pecan cookies, the recipe of which I’d downloaded from a fellow blogger (sorry, I’ve forgotten which one – thanks anyway!!). It was certainly simple enough, just requiring one to cream the butter, add in the sugar, vanilla essence, a pinch of salt, and flour, then folding in the pecans, before engaging in PlayDoh action with the dough, rolling it into balls and patting them into shape with a glass. One could also top it off with some sprinkled sugar. The cookies were then popped into the oven and baked till golden brown (about 15 – 20 minutes).
Just this short while later, they emerged beautifully aromatic and filling the air with the sweet heady smell that only the combination of butter and pecans can achieve. Alongside a long cool glass of milk, the crunchy, hearty cookies were the perfect late night baking and snacking fix, not to mention, a piece of cake (or cookie rather) to make!