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Pecan Stars

 Pecan Stars
This sweet's a long-standing star at Denise Goedeken's house in Platte Center, Nebraska. "I was in first grade when I found it," she recalls. "I was compiling recipes in a 'Cookbook' for Mom, and it seemed perfect. It's our top family treat to this day.—Denise Goedeken, Platte Center, Nebraska
21 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon each vanilla and almond extract
  • 1-1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/4 cups ground pecans
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • egg and extracts; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add
  • to creamed mixture. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • Roll out onto a lightly floured surface to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut
  • into 3-in. stars. Combine filling ingredients; place 1/2 teaspoonful
  • in center of each star. Bring the five points upright; starting at
  • base, pinch sides together so points of star stand up, allowing
  • filling to show. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2

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Pecan Stars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.