Saugatuck, Michigan


"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!  --- Dr. Seuss

The Ultimate Butterball Cookie

While there are many versions of this cookie, often called "wedding cookies", this one has long been a Rosso family holiday tradition. Quite honestly, we think it's the best we've ever tasted. The secret is the honey, even though you hardly know it's there. That, and baking the cookies to an ever so slight golden brown so they take on a nutty flavor. Rolling them twice in the powdered sugar is another little secret. There's little reason to save them for just one season of the year. Store in a tin and they'll keep for several weeks . . . if you can resist them that long!

• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing the cookie sheets
• 3 tablespoons honey
• 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup shelled pecans, chopped moderately fine
• ¾ cup Confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease one or two cookie sheets.

2. Cream the butter. Beat in the honey; gradually mix in the flour and salt, then the vanilla. Add the pecans. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for one hour.

3. Form the balls by hand, the size of quarters. Place two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake until golden brown, 35 - 40 minutes.

4. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven; as soon as the cookies are cool enough to touch, roll in the Confectioners' sugar. Allow to cool and roll again in the sugar.

Soon Hansel and Gretel came to a little cottage. When they got quite near, they saw that the little house was made of bread and roofed with cake. The windows were transparent sugar. There must not have been a very strict building code."
--- Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964


The Inn


Wickwood Inn   |    510 Butler Street   |   Saugatuck, MI 49453
Tel 269.857.1465   |  
www.wickwoodinn.com   |    Bill and Julee Rosso Miller, Proprietors