· 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature· 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar (you can use light brown)· 1 large egg· 1 tsp vanilla extract· 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour· 1 1/2 tsp baking soda· 1/2 tsp salt· 2/3 cup heavy cream· 1/2 cup brown sugar· 1 1/3 cups confectioner's sugar (sifted)· 1 cup finely chopped pecans
Step 1Set oven to 350FStep 2Line a heavy duty baking sheet with parchment paper.Step 3Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.Step 4Toss the flour, soda, and salt together to blend well, and then add to the butter mixture, beating just until the dough comes together and everything is well incorporated.Step 5Use a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop to scoop out the dough onto the baking sheet. Space the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes (mine took exactly 11 minutes.) Cool the cookies for a few minutes on the pan so they can set, and then transfer to a cooling rack.Step 6To make the frosting put the cream and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Break up any lumps in the brown sugar while you stir. Once it comes to a boil, boil for 2 minutes (set the timer.)Step 7Remove from the heat and whisk in the confectioner's sugar until smooth.Step 8Let the praline cool a little bit so it thickens up, and then spread onto the cookies. Note: if your praline is very thin, beat in more sifted confectioner's sugar.Step 9Top right away with the chopped nuts. The praline will harden as it cools.