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Praline Pecan Cookies

This cookie version of the classic, Southern praline candy combines a brown sugar cookie that’s both crisp and chewy, with a topping of pecans and a generous drizzle of praline icing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp butter vanilla bakery emulsion
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup conectioner's sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • In mixing bowl, combine softened butter and brown sugar. Beat with mixer and well blended.
  • Add egg and beat until fluffy; add butter vanilla bakery emulsion or vanilla mix to blend. Add flour mixture, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until just blended.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoons, a few inches apart, onto parchment lined cookies sheets. Using the back of spoon, flatten each cookie slightly.
  • Sprinkle top of each cookie with about ¾ teaspoon of pecans, pressing pecans lightly into dough. Bake cookies until golden brown, about 10 minutes, and transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
  • Make icing:
    In a saucepan on the stovetop, combine brown sugar and whipping cream over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until sugar is thoroughly dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Continue stirring and boil for two minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat; blend in confectioners’ sugar and beat with a hand mixer or spoon until smooth – use icing immediately!
  • Using the tip of a spoon, generously drizzle tops of cooled cookies with icing. If icing hardens and becomes difficult to drizzle, warm icing in microwave for 15 seconds and stir.