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Strawberry Pecan Cookies Recipe

My dad's wife is always creating new recipes to use up the fruits and vegetables he grows in his garden. These cake-like cookies are one of her "masterpieces"!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:39 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 fresh strawberries, crushed
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Red food coloring, optional

Directions

  • 1. Place strawberries in a blender, cover and process until pureed; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in puree just until blended. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans and food coloring if desired.
  • 3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 131 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.