Christmas is a nutty holiday. And by nutty, I mean just that: as far as food goes, nuts are in everything. So to kick off my dairy-free cookie countdown to Christmas, I thought I'd talk about one nutty tradition that has now become a veganized classic in my household: the pecan sandie.
Pecans are not my favorite nut; in fact, they're not even in my top 5, at least on their own. But some of my favorite childhood sweets wouldn't be what they are without them; pecan pie, pecan crusts, pecan cookies--you get the picture. A couple of years ago, I was reminded of this when my husband brought home about 2 lbs. of pecans one day ("They just looked amazing," he'd said) that inspired me to veganize the classic pecan cookie, the pecan sandie. This Vegan Pecan Sandies Recipe is what I came up with, and the cookies were phenomenal. (I may not always have the best memory, but I just made them again last week and trust me, they're still phenomenal!) Rich, lightly sweet and infinitely healthier than traditional butter-and-egg cookies, these are an easy, simple dessert you can go a little nuts over.
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