I'm taking part in the fourth A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE – if you want to join in. You'll make many new friends, but most of all you'll have fun!
My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that I think is the perfect cookie companion along with a few fun facts about the cookie and/or ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Eggless Pecan Cookies
Eggless Pecan Cookies are a tasty alternative to a whole pie. This cookie is also known as the Mexican Wedding Cake or Russian Tea Cake, even though they aren't actually cakes, and Italian Wedding Cookies. They can be made into balls or shaped as shown. Eggless Pecan Cookies are commonly served at Christmas time and through the winter months. However, these nutty, buttery sugary cookies can be consumed and enjoyed at any time of the year. Like in the month of April, during the A to Z Challenge.
Fun Facts–The name pecan is an Algonquin word meaning a tough nut to crack.(Hmm, I know some people like this.) The term pecans first appeared in print in 1773. George Washington planted pecan trees at Mount Vernon, a gift from Thomas Jefferson who is credited with their initial popularity in the South. Pecan trees range in height from 70 to 100 feet but sometimes grow to 150 feet or more. Native pecan trees - those over 150 years old - have trunks more than 3 feet in diameter. Astronauts took pecans to the moon in two Apollo space missions.
Book Buddy– Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally."
What's your favorite way to eat pecans? Do you prefer them over walnuts? Do you even eat nuts?