Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Sweet Tooth on Duty
Nothing like jumping on the scale and not liking what you see...
Then getting depressed about it....
All the tears and wringing of hands sets your sweet tooth into action.........
Oh my, what to do, what to do?
Time to bake some cookies, that's what. One of my favorites.
1 cup fig preserves
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
You put the above ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is all melted and it thickens somewhat. Set aside to cool.
In a big bowl you mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
and 1/4 tsp salt
Cream the butter (or margarine) with the sugar. Add egg then beat.
Chill thoroughly (overnight is fine). I'm thinking that overnight is way too long. An aching sweet tooth would keep you up all night, right?
When dough is chilled, divide into four parts. Roll one part of dough on floured wax paper into an oblong shape.
Spread the dough with 1/4 of the fig mixture.
Roll into a log (or jelly roll) shape. Be sure to seal all the cracks that appear!! You don't want that gooey jam oozing out and running all over the baking pan. Makes for a tough clean up job.
Do the other 3 parts of the dough the same way. Place the four rolls into the refrigerator to chill. I have been known to put them in the freezer for a little while, just to speed up the process. My sweet tooth is very impatient.
Slice dough into circles (mine are always oval) and bake about 10 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Cool on rack.
If you can stand it, take the time to place them on a pretty dish. If not, just dive in. So, so good.