You'll love the hint of caramel, thick layer of brown sugar icing, and sprinkling of pecans featured in these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies. And they're so puffy, pillowy, and soft -- these Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies literally melt in your mouth!
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugars until combined.
Beat in eggs, vanilla, and caramel extract.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until just combined after each addition. Do not overmix.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Drop dough by small teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
Bake at 375 for 8-11 minutes, or until edges and bottoms are lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
Add brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel extract, whisking to combine.
Bring to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
Add heavy cream.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then remove from heat.
Cool for 3 minutes.
Whisk or beat in 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.
Add additional powdered sugar, as needed, to achieve a thick, but spreadable consistency. Frosting sets quickly, but you can microwave it for 7-8 seconds (that's it) to thin it back out for spreading, as needed.
Spread icing over cookies, sprinkle with pecan halves or chopped pecans, and allow to set.
I find Watkins' brand caramel extract easily at Walmart Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Superstores. There are probably other brands of caramel extract and flavoring too!
These are good for at least a week, but best within the first 3 days. After 3 days, they get crumbly and a bit on the drier side - still a delicious cookie though.
These freeze really well! Iced or plain, they freeze beautifully.
I've made these Amish Sugar Cookies into Iced Maple Amish Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Latte Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Chai-Spiced Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Almond Cookies, Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies, Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies, Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies, and Thin Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies!