Chocolate-Apricot Thumbprint Cookies

recipe
Pockets of apricot preserves fill these pecan-coated cookies. A chocolate drizzle dresses them up, but they're just as tempting unadorned.

Yield:

3 dozen

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted

Preparation

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat well.

Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in 1 cup pecans. Cover and chill dough at least 30 minutes.

Lightly beat egg white. Shape dough into 1" balls; dip each ball in egg white, and roll in remaining 1 cup pecans. Place balls 1" apart on greased cookie sheets. Press thumb gently into center of each ball, leaving an indention; fill with preserves.

Bake at 350° for 17 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks, and cool completely. Drizzle melted chocolate over cooled cookies, using a fork or spoon.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000,

Oxmoor House

January 2000
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