Chocolate Pecan Dreams Recipe

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This recipe began as the base for a peanut butter chocolate thumbprint. I liked it so much, though, I decided to turn it into its own cookie recipe. —Becky Tarzlaff, Newton, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 197 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Beat egg whites until foamy. Dip each ball halfway into egg whites, then in pecans. Place pecan side up 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar.
  3. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until firm. Carefully remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Pecan Dreams in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p71

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