Anne made some of these lovely & light little Pecan Puffs for our Alzheimer’s Tea Day yesterday.  Lots of people asked us for this Rachel Allen recipe.

4oz (110g) shelled pecans

4oz (110g) butter, softened

2oz (50g) caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

4oz (110g) plain flour, sifted

1oz (25g) icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F), Gas mark 2.

Place the Pecans in a food processor and grind until quite fine.  Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl or an electric mixer until soft.  Add the sugar and vanilla extract and heat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the ground pecans and flour and bring together to form a dough. Using your hands, roll the dough into small, marble-sized balls, then flatten slightly using the palm of your hand and place on a baking tray (no need to grease or line).

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until they are a very pale golden brown and slightly firm around the edges.

Sift the icing sugar into a shallow bowl or onto a large plate.

Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes, then carefully remove them from the tray and, while they are still hot, roll them in the sifted icing sugar.

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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