This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Tianne of Buttercream Barbie. She picked Dorie’s Pecan Powder Puffs, which are located on page 156 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Every time that I would read the title of the recipe I would think, what is that…without even glancing at the recipe. My brain would always seems to want it to be some sort of meringue type cookie, maybe it was just the fact that it said puffs in the recipe.
Once I took a lot at the recipe, I began to realize that this recipe looked very similar to something that my mom would make every Christmas and a cookie that I have taken up making now. The only difference is that we use walnuts instead of pecans and confectioners’ sugar instead of granulated sugar. In my family, for some weird reason, we call these cookies Butterballs. In Mike’s family they call them something along the lines of Rabbit Terds (that is what happens when there are 3 boys in the house). I would always forget what he called them, and would refer to them as Snowman Poop, which he said should be the new name for them. Rabbit Terds never felt right to me because we had 2 rabbits growing up and there little nuggets never looked like these cookies. But I would imagine a Snowman would release something a long the lines of a snowball and since these cookies are rolled in confectioners’ sugar they actually resemble a little snowball 🙂
These cookies are very easy to make, and if you are going to vegan route you will be happy to note that the only thing you have to substitute is Vegan Butter because this recipe contains no eggs. An extra bonus is that since there is no raw ingredients you can just sit there all day and pick at the cookie dough, which is very yummy. For this recipe, I actually stuck to the recipe and I used pecans because that actually ended up being the only nut that we had in the house 🙂
These cookies baked up perfectly. The taste is slightly different since it is made with pecans instead of the walnuts that I am use to, but they had a nice tender butter texture and the pecans added a nice nuttiness to it without it being bitter.