Santa's Spicy Gingersnappers

This Christmas drop cookie recipe will quickly become a family favorite when they sample the yummy pecan topping and orange glaze.



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Yield: 3 dozen large cookies
Prep Time: 45 mins
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Ingredients
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    1   cup 
    raisins
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    1   cup 
    unsalted butter, softened
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    2   cups 
    packed brown sugar
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    2   
    eggs
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    1   tablespoon 
    finely chopped crystallized ginger
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    1   teaspoon 
    finely shredded orange peel
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    3 2/3  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped pecans
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    ground cinnamon
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    1   teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    baking powder
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground nutmeg
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    ground ginger
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    Pecan Topping (see below)
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    Orange Glaze (see below)
Pecan Topping
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    chopped raisins
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped pecans
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    3   tablespoons 
    dairy sour cream
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    2   tablespoons 
    caramel topping

Orange Glaze
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    sifted powdered sugar
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    finely shredded orange peel
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    1 - 2   tablespoons 
    orange juice


Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place raisins and butter in food processor; process until raisins are chopped and combined with butter. Transfer mixture to extra-large bowl. With electric mixer beat in brown sugar, eggs, crystallized ginger, orange peel, and vanilla until creamy.
2.
In medium bowl combine flour, pecans, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix until well combined.
3.
With a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop drop dough 4 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten tops lightly. Spoon 1 teaspoon Pecan Topping onto the center of each unbaked cookie.
4.
Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until edges are just set. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes; transfer cookies to cooling rack. Cool completely.
5.
Drizzle cooled cookies with Orange Glaze. Makes 3 dozen large cookies.
Pecan Topping
1.
In small bowl combine raisins, pecans, sour cream, and caramel topping. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Orange Glaze
1.
In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and finely shredded orange peel. Stir in enough orange juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 210, Fat, total (g) 8, chol. (mg) 26, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 34, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 21, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (IU) 194, vit. C (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 28, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 70, Potassium (mg) 119, calcium (mg) 30, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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