Friday, December 16, 2011


Here are some of my favorite cookie recipes that I make and share with family and friends during the holidays. Instead of buying some gifts, these make perfect gifts


1 Large Package vanilla wafers
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup pecans
1 1/2 tsp cocoa
2 Tbsp white Karo syrup
1/4 cup whiskey or rum

Grind pecans and vanilla wafers. Mix all ingredients and roll into balls the size of a small marble and then roll in powdered sugar. Place balls in an airtight container. For added zest, lightly sprinkle a little more rum or whiskey on top of balls before closing. Enjoy!

CRUST: 3/4 stick butter, 3 oz Philadelphia cream cheese, 1 cup flour. Combine ingredients and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Pecan Mix: 1/2 stick butter, 1 egg, 1 cup pecans, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup Karo syrup and 1 tsp vanilla. Remove crust from refrigerator and roll into individual small balls. Press into small muffin pans. Add amount of desired pecan mix. Bake at 325 degree for 30 minutes.

3 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 sticks butter, 3 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp baking soda (dissolved in 2 tsp water) 2 cups pecans (chopped and floured).

Mix together. Mixture will be thick. Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Makes 8 dozens.


Erica Pike said...

Ugh, totally put that pecan comment in the wrong comment box! Still looks yummy though.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Thanks Erica, for stopping by. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Megs said...

Hopping right along! Happy Holidays!

Sweetpea said...

Hi Vanessa, on Wednesday my girlfriend and I are getting together to do some baking for the holidays. We plan to bake some Bacardi rum cakes, and lemon pond cakes. After seeing your recipes, I might add one or two. Thanks for the inspirations.

Wishing you the best of the season,
sweetpea122 at rocketmail dot com

Mickie said...


Those recipes look sinfully yummy! I just love pecans in anything. Will put all on my list to try.

Happy holidays,

VampedChik said...

wow that all sounds so yummy! Thanks,

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Thanks for hopping by, Megs. These are great recipes that's been tried and tested by me. Matter of fact, I'll be making these and more in a few days. Thanks for stopping by Sweetpea, Mickie and VampedChik. Appreciate it. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Lisa said...

Hope you have a happy holiday season.


Vanessa A. Johnson said...

The same to you, Lisa. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Vanessa!!! Thank you for sharing your time and recipes with us!!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!!

stacey siferd

Gardemarin said...

The mini pecan pies sound yummy, I think I try those. :)

Happy Holidays!

Eva's Flowers said...

Yum, those whiskey/rum balls sound delicious! Thanks for he recipes and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


shadow_kohler said...

Great recipe! Very yummy! Happy holidays! Thank you!

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

You're welcome Stacey. They are Gardemarin, trust me. They take a little time, but they're worth it. The rum balls are very good and very easy to make, Eve. Yummy is right, Shadow. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

My book, Under The Mistletoe is due out tomorrow, December 19th from Red Rose Publishing. Please check it out when you have time.

Marissa said...

I Love pecans! Thanks, I will have to try this. I am always looking for a good recipe.

Kaye Manro said...

H Vanessa! I swear I thought I stopped here on the blog hop! I had the Stuff Your Stocking up on my blog too!

I've already chosen my winners and posted them late last night, as my 12 days story, A Medieval Yule will release today and I wanted to save today just for that.

Sorry I missed being here over the weekend, since we are both RRP authors.

There were just so many blogs it was hard to catch them all.

Kaye Manro said...

Yikes! both our books are due out today, Dec. 19! Happy release day to you!

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Glad you found something to add to your recipe collection, Marissa. Happy Holidays to you.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi My fellow RRP Author. I thought my book was being released today, but obviously not..Soon, though. I appreciate you stopping by Kaye. Much success and continued blessings on your latest release. I'll have to add it to my reader. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Yeah, Kaye,
Yes my book did release today. I just checked the site and it's there. Woohoo.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Sorry for being so late with announcing the winner from this contest, but life has just gotten in the way. Without further ado, the winner is Sweetpea. I used to choose the winner from the posters. Congratulations, Sweetpea. Your $10 RRP GC and pdf of Under The Mistletoe is on its way. Thanks everyone for stopping by. Happy New Year.