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Chocolate Pecan Dreams

 Chocolate Pecan Dreams
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
30 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch


  • 1-1/3 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until firm. Carefully remove to
  • wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 197 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 64 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.