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Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Chocolate Pecan Cookies
Chocolate Pecan Cookies

CHOCOLATE PECAN COOKIES

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 cup all-purpose flour

FILLING:

1 egg

1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

Dash salt

60 miniature milk chocolate kisses

5 tablespoons chopped pecans

In a small bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add flour; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg, butter, vanilla, brown sugar and salt until smooth; set aside. Shape dough into 30 one-inch balls; press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased mini muffin cups.

Place a chocolate kiss in each cup. Fill each with 1 teaspoon brown sugar mixture; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pecans.

Bake at 325 degrees 24-26 minutes, or until set. Lightly press a second chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen; 1 cookie equals 99 calories, 6 grams fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 10 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Country Woman Christmas Annual 2008

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