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1989 1st Place: Melt Aways

Author/Submitted by: Chris Merrill of Elk Grove Village, Chicago Tribune second annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 14, 1989
Servings: 30
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  Unsalted butter, softened
1/2  cup  Confectioner's sugar, sifted
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
2 1/4  cups  Sifted cake flour
1/4  teaspoon  Salt
3/4  cup  Chopped pecans
    Confectioner's sugar

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine butter, confectioner's sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl.

2. Sift flour and salt together and gradually stir into butter mixture. Stir in chopped pecans.

3. Drop by heaping teaspoonsful onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until peaks are very light brown, about 7 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack. While still warm (but not hot), use a sifter to sprinkle generously with confectioner's sugar.

This 1989 first-place recipe comes from Chris Merrill of Elk Grove Village. The cookies are slightly sweet and very buttery, so they melt in your mouth.

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