*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                           Carmel Nut Thumbprints
 
 Recipe By     : Easiest-Ever Holiday Meals
 Serving Size  : 48   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : All Newly Typed Not Shared       Cookies
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
                         COOKIES
      3/4  cup           sugar
      1/2  cup           butter or margarine -- softened
      1/2  cup           shortening
    1      teaspoon      vanilla
    1                    egg -- separated
    1 3/4  cups          all purpose flour
      1/2  cup           unsweetened cocoa
      1/2  teaspoon      baking powder
    1 1/2  cups          finely chopped pecans
 					
                         FILLING
   20                    caramels -- unwrapped
      1/4  cup           half and half
 
 Heat oven to 325.  In large bowl, combine sugar, butter and shortening; beat
 until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg yolk; blend well.
 
 Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.  Add flour, cocoa and
 baking powder to butter mixture, mix well.
 
 In small bowl, beat egg white until foamy; place pecans in another small
 bowl.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Dip in egg white; roll in pecans.
  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  With thumb, make
 indentation of each cookie.
 
 Bake at 325 for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are set.
 
 Meanwhile, in small saucepan, combine caramels and half and half; cook over
 medium low heat until caramels are melted, stirring occasionally.
 
 Immediately remove cookies from cookie sheets; place on wire racks.  Spoon
 1/2 tespoon warm caramel mixture into center of each cookie.  Cool
 completely.  
 
 Makes 4 dozen cookies.
 
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