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Chewy Pecan Drops

 Chewy Pecan Drops
The cherry center gives a festive look to my nutty cookies. They're easy to make and take to holiday gatherings.
30 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ground pecans
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 5 to 6 maraschino cherries, coarsely chopped

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine pecans, flour and 1 cup sugar; set aside. In
  • a small bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add remaining
  • sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold in vanilla and half of
  • the flour mixture. Fold in remaining flour mixture. Drop by rounded
  • teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased foil-lined baking sheets.
  • Top each with a cherry piece. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or
  • until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely before removing
  • from pans. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 79 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.