The first step in the dessert was to make the butter cookies. They are so simple to make, and are always my go to cookie. Pure butter means light and flaky which is exactly what I was going for. Next I made my traditional pecan pie filling. The only thing I did different was bake it in a 9" x 13" pan instead of a pie crust. Once the filling was completely cool, I mixed it with mascarpone cheese. The mascarpone gave it a rich and creamy texture while keeping it very light. I was very happy with the dessert at this point, but wanted to give it a little accessory. I made a batch of my salted almond and coconut dark chocolate bark. The dark chocolate and salted almonds cut the sweetness and balanced out the dessert perfectly. The toasted coconut adds a bit of a playful surprise to the dish that I love. It adds another layer of flavor that wakes everything else up, and adds an unexpected brightness to it. I also dusted the bark with some gold luster dust to give it some shine and holiday flare. What can I tell you, I always have to get some sparkles in! The bark did exactly what any good accessory, or garnish should do. Not only does it look great, it has substance. It brings a lot to the table, but doesn't outshine the main event. It complements the napoleon beautifully making the finished product even better.
This makeover was definitely a success, and I will be bringing this to Thanksgiving. To wrap things up, make the butter cookies. I promise they will become a staple in your kitchen. The chocolate bark also makes a wonderful gift. Make a big batch, get some pretty packaging, and you have fabulous gifts for the foodies in your life! I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving, and enjoy the video!
Melt in Your Mouth Butter Cookies
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2t. salt
- 1T. vanilla bean paste - You can use vanilla extract, but I really like how the specks of vanilla beans look in the cookies.
- 2 & 1/4 cups AP flour
- Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla bean paste.
- Mix in flour and salt just till combined.
- Wrap in plastic wrap & refrigerate till well chilled, at least 2 hours.
- Roll out dough while it is still firm. You can be generous with the flour on your work surface and rolling pin. If it gets too soft and sticky pop it back in the fridge.
- Cut out squares and bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes, rotating once halfway through.
- Store in an air tight container at room temp till ready to use.
Pecan Pie Filling
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4t. salt
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 3T. melted butter
- 2t. vanilla bean paste or extract
- 1T. Bourbon (optional)
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9" x 13" pan by lining it with parchment and spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
- Whisk eggs, sugar, and salt in bowl.
- Whisk in light corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla bean paste, and Bourbon.
- Sprinkle pecans evenly in pan and pour filling over them.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes, rotating once half way through. You want it to have a slight jiggle to it when you remove it from the oven.
- 1 batch of pecan pie filling
- 16 ounce mascarpone cheese
- Mix pecan pie filling with mascarpone cheese and refrigerate till ready to use.
Salted Almond & Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark
- 6 ounces good quality dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup chopped salted almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened, toasted coconut
- gold luster dust
- Melt chocolate and spread evenly on to a piece of parchment paper. This should be done on a sheet pan or flat plate.
- Sprinkle on the almonds and coconut.
- Refrigerate till firm.
- Break into wedges, or cut with a knife.
- Brush bark with luster dust to give it some shine.
- Keep refrigerated.
- Place a small amount of napoleon filling on each. This acts as glue to hold the napoleon in place.
- Place one butter cookie and top with a good spoon of napoleon filling. Repeat and finish with a third cookie.
- Garnish with a wedge of salted almond and coconut bark.
|I love how you can see the specks of vanilla beans. They're like little gems in the butter cookies.|