Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Brown Sugar Cocoons

A tender brown sugar and pecan cookie widely known in South Louisiana as cocoons and very popular around the holidays. Pictured here with Pecan Crispies and Sugar and Spice Cookies.
A tender brown sugar and pecan cookie widely known in South Louisiana as cocoons and very popular around the holidays. Pictured here with Pecan Crispies and Sugar and Spice Cookies.

Brown Sugar Cocoons

I'm sure you'll recognize these cookies as they are a holiday favorite, for sure!

These wonderful cookies are known by many names, mostly depending on how they are shaped. Some of the more familiar ones being fingers, ladyfingers, crescents, sand tarts, sand dabs, Mexican wedding cookies, Russian teacakes, Chinese tea cookies, butterfingers, petticoat tails, pecan dreams, snowballs, moon cookies, sandies and Italian wedding cookies, they are well-loved. I'm sure there are many other names they are known by around the world!

In South Louisiana, you might see them called cocoons. 

One day I was browsing through one of my old cookbooks, Pots, Pans and Pioneers, Book III, a Telephone Pioneers of America, Louisiana Council, published in 1983 and saw this recipe. They included the familiar list of ingredients, except while still being rolled in powdered sugar, they were made using brown sugar instead!

Who'da thunk?!

So of course, I had to give them a try you know.
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Here's how to make these Brown Sugar Cocoons.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar.

Add vanilla. 
Whisk together flour and salt.

Add to the creamed mixture and combine.
Add nuts and milk. 
Combine well. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Roll into tight balls, then shape into small log shapes and place on silpat or parchment covered baking sheets. 
Bake about 15 minutes.
Just until lightly browned.
Roll in powdered sugar while still warm. Let cool and pass through the powdered sugar again.
For more of my favorite Christmas goodies, check out this collection on my Pinterest page!

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