Light and crispy, these cookies melt in y our mouth, while the plump pecan perched on top provides a little crunch. They're delicate when t hey come out of the oven, so keep them on the foil until completely cool, then carefully remove.—Bonnie Thompson, Cave City, Kentucky
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1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a food processor, combine chopped pecans and sugar; cover and process until nuts are ground. Transfer to a small bowl; add flour, baking powder and salt. In a bowl beat egg; add butter and vanilla. Stir into pecan mixture.
Drop by teaspoonfuls about 3 in. apart onto lightly greased foil-lined baking sheets. Place a pecan half in the center of each cookie. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and lacy. Allow cookies to cool completely before carefully removing from foil.