Three of my favorite things in the world are cookies, dinner parties and kitchen appliances…and not in that order.
I especially love it when all three things merge: using kitchen appliances to bake cookies for a dinner party.
Recently I was contacted by Del Webb, a home building company that has partnered with KitchenAid to encourage philanthropy and community this summer with 1,000 Cooks for the Cure, which challenges America to host 1,000 dinner parties to raise money for breast cancer research and community outreach programs.
The annual event has raised nearly $8 million since 2001 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I’m all about supporting good causes and this one is no different.
Giveaway – NOW CLOSED
To help you do more baking for dinner parties (everybody does that, right?) and to support the 1,000 Cooks for a Cure program, I’m giving away your choice of one KitchenAid Seven Speed Hand Mixer ($79.99) OR one KitchenAid 5-Speed Artisan Series Blender ($129.99).
- Leave a comment here that answers the following questions: what is the first thing you’ll make with the blender OR hand mixer if you win?
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- This contest will close on Thursday, July 21 at 11:59PM CST and one winner, chosen via random.org, will be announced by Friday, July 22. I will notify you via email and you will have 72 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.
- Contest open to US & Canada Residents only.
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- 2 cups (8-ounces) chopped pecans
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Prepare the pecans: Place the pecan pieces on a baking sheet and toast them for 8-10 minutes, tossing them every 2 minutes to make sure they aren't burning (this can happen rather quickly).Once the nuts have cooled, put ¾ cup of them into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until pecans are just ground - the mixture should be a little thicker than sand.
- Place the chopped and ground pecans into a large bowl and add the flour, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg, then the vanilla extract and beat until all items are well combined, like frosting.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Form the dough into 2-inch balls, and roll the balls in the sugar-salt mixture until coated. Place the balls on a baking sheet 3 inches apart.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, until they appear golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing. Makes 24-30 cookies, depending on how large you roll them.