Today’s food holiday is a little nutty. Literally. June 23 is National Pecan Sandies Day!
Pecan sandies are essentially sugar cookies with chopped pecans. Their name comes from their sand-like color. Originally called “sand tarts,” pecan sandies are the descendants of sugar cookies that originated in the Middle East. Cookies themselves started out as grain cakes cooked over hot stones some 10,000 years ago. These early “biscuits” were largely flavorless but kept for long periods of time, and became a popular ration for soldiers and sailors alike, both of whom needed a durable food that wouldn’t spoil during their long journeys. A popular early cookie that contained nuts, sweetener, and water was called the jumble. English settlers brought cookies to America in the 17th century, though the name itself comes from the Dutch koekje. In many countries of the world, including the U.K., cookies are still called “biscuits.” Which makes me wonder what biscuits are called…
Keebler makes a variety of Pecan Sandies cookies, and they’re pretty good. So we picked up a package to celebrate today’s food holiday. Pretty simple!
- Butter Pecan Cookies (lifefoodhappiness.com)
- Pecan Protein “Sandies” and BAMR Bands (danoodlezdoescleaneating.wordpress.com)