3 dozen

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

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

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