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Pecan Pie Cookies Recipe

My family loves pecans. In fact, we have pecan pie at Thanksgiving and these pecan cookies at Christmas.—Julie McQuiston, Bradenton, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in the center of each ball. Combine filling ingredients; spoon into cookies.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 128 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.