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Chocolate Pecan Dreams

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch


5 dozen

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
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  • 1-1/3 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until firm. Carefully remove to wire racks to cool.

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