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Pecan-Filled Maple Cookies

These festive cookies melt in your mouth, and look and taste just like a personal-size pecan pie. My clan eats them straight from the cooling rack. The treats rarely make it to the cookie jar! —TaeRee Glover, Sedan, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • PECAN FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 large egg whites

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup and egg yolks. Beat in flour. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine butter, maple syrup and confectioners' sugar. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; fold in pecans. Cool slightly; refrigerate until cooled completely.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk egg whites. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Press a 1-inch wide indentation in the center of each ball, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Dip in egg whites; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 6 minutes. Press 1 rounded teaspoon pecan filling into center of each cookie. Bake 7-9 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 166 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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