Friday, December 17, 2010

Family Recipe Friday: Snappy Turtle Cookies

This recipe was a favorite of my maternal grandfather, Bill Wright.

    1/2 cup butter                                                 
    1/2 cup brown sugar                                            
    2 eggs                                                         
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract                                   
    1/8 teaspoon imitation maple flavoring                         
    1 1/2 cups flour                                               
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda                                       
    1/4 teaspoon salt                                              

Arrange split pecan halves in groups of threes or 5's on greased cookie sheet to resemble a turtle.  Cream butter and brown sugar; add 1 egg and 1 egg yolk (reserve white); beat well.  Blend in flavorings.  Add flour, soda, and salt.  Blend well.  Mold dough into balls.  Dip bottom of dough ball into unbeaten egg white and press lightly onto nuts.  Bake 10-12 minutes at 350.  Cool and frost tops generously.  Makes 2 1/2 doz turtles.

Chocolate Frosting:  Combine 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 T. butter in top of double boiler.  Heat until chocolate melts and blend until smooth.  Remove and add 1 cup powdered sugar.  Beat until smooth and glossy.

Family Recipe Friday – is an opportunity to share your family recipes with fellow bloggers and foodies alike. Whether it’s an old-fashioned recipe passed down through generations, a recipe uncovered through your family history research, or a discovered recipe that embraces your ancestral heritage share them on Family Recipe Friday. This series was suggested by Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist.

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