Praline Cookies

Flecks of crunchy homemade hazelnut praline make this nutty brown sugar drop cookie recipe an outstanding treat.



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Yield: about 48 cookies
Prep Time: 35 mins
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Ingredients
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    Butter
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    1/3  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    2   tablespoons 
    water
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    1   cup 
    chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts) or pecans
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    1   cup 
    butter, softened
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    1   cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1/2  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    2   
    eggs
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    2 1/2  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    2   ounces 
    semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions
Praline:

1.
Grease a large baking sheet with butter; set aside. Stir together the 1/3 cup granulated sugar and water in a heavy medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling. Cook for 2 -1/2 to 3-1/2 minutes more or until syrup is a deep golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts. Immediately pour onto the prepared baking sheet. Cool completely on a wire rack until firm.
2.
Transfer the firm praline to a heavy plastic bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the praline into small pieces; set aside.
Cookies:

1.
Beat the 1 cup butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and baking soda; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in remaining flour and crushed praline.
2.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely. Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies. Makes about 48 cookies.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Cool cookies completely. In an airtight or freezer container, arrange cookies in a single layer; cover with a sheet of waxed paper. Repeat layers, leaving enough air space to close container easily. Freeze up to 1 month.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 107, Fat, total (g) 6, chol. (mg) 19, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 13, pro. (g) 1, sodium (mg) 56, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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