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Praline Cookies

These cookies are both crisp and chewy. They can be frozen after they're iced for real convenience. With two small children, that's a great way to have my baking done ahead of time for holidays or special occasions. The only problem is hiding them so my husband can't find them! —Melody Sroufe, Wichita, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Cover and chill until dough is easy to handle, about 1 hour.
  • Form into 1-in. balls; place 2-in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten cookies slightly with fingers; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon pecans. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • Meanwhile, for icing, combine the brown sugar and cream in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; blend in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 219 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • SUSAN
    Dec 16, 2018

    I just made these cookies and they are my new favorites! They turned out just like the picture and are both crispy and chewy. Just delicious. I will be making another batch next week for my Christmas cookie plates.

  • 7833louis
    Dec 23, 2017

    I hate to be a party-poper (I had to spell that word incorrectly because TOH would't take it spelled right) but I need some help with these!!! I made them twice, first time as directed. They sprawled out so flat they covered the entire cookie pan by the time I took them out of the oven. So, I did some Googling. The second time, I beat the sugar and butter until very fluffy (even though the recipe doesn't say to). I also put the dough in the fridge overnight. My baking powder is new. I got the same results. I'd really like to get these to work. Any suggestions? They have a marvelous taste. I considered altitude (6900') but I don't have this problem with other cookies.

  • 7833louis
    Dec 14, 2017

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  • Debglass11
    Nov 14, 2017

    These cookies are wonderful! They were easy to make and tasted exactly like pralines. I had planned to glaze them, but my family literally devoured them before I had the chance! My husband said these were the best cookies I've ever made. Will definitely make these again and again!Volunteer Field Editor

  • Penny
    Dec 19, 2016

    fantastic taste, quick and easy to make, great results. I use parchment paper to make sure bottoms stay lightly browned. Agree with another reviewer that the icing recipe should be halved as it does not reheat all that well for a second batch and really very little is needed on the cookie they are sweet enough to actually not need it other than it enhances the praline flavour

  • emcook3
    Dec 20, 2013

    This is my new favourite cookie! Chewy sweet and addicting. I made for friends for Christmas and they were a huge hit, everyone was asking for the recipe. This will be a cookie to make every christmas.

  • WRL_TALO
    Mar 23, 2013

    Took this cookie to share with my bowling league buddies and got rave reviews, everyone loved them and asked me to make more to bring again next time. This cookie was actually very easy to make, definitely a keeper.

  • Ladyslipermn
    Dec 5, 2010

    These were good.It took time to make these.

  • txzookeeper
    Jul 22, 2010

    Everyone loved these and they were easy to make. I would probably halve the icing recipe though, because I ended up with almost half of it left over. I will be making these again. Delicious!