- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/2 cup preserves or jelly of your choice
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in egg white, then in pecans. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Cover and freeze until firm. Transfer cookie dough balls to a large resealable plastic freezer bag. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
- To use frozen cookie dough: Place dough balls 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks. While warm, fill each with a teaspoonful of preserves. Cool completely. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
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"This is a cookie that I often include on holiday cookie trays. They are easy to make and they are so pretty! I love using different flavors/colors of jelly and preserves to make an attractive preesentation. Instead of jelly or preserves, I sometimes pipe colored icing into the centers."
"This recipe was easy! I had them done in less than an hour, and that includes baking time. They disappeared very quickly at the event I bought them too."
"When rolling the cookies in the nuts you do not have roll the cookies in the egg whites before rolling them in the nuts. the dough is so sticky that the nuts stick to the cookie dough really well."
"Absolutely delicious! :-) Extremely simple to make. I actually cooked the jam with the cookie instead of adding it afterward. Loved it! I would most likely double the recipe for double delight!"
"This is my favorite recipe! Easy! Little time comsuming but EASY!"