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       Title: Praline Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 1 servings
     1/3 c  Sugar
       2 tb Water
       1 c  Chopped toasted pecans
            Or hazelnuts if desired
       1 c  Margarine or butter
   2 1/2 c  Flour
       1 c  Packed brown sugar
     1/2 c  Sugar
       2    Eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substit
       1 ts Vanilla
     1/2 ts Soda
       2 oz Semisweet
            Or bittersweet chocolate
            Chopped (opt.)
       2 tb Finely chopped pecans
            Or hazelnuts (opt.)
      Grease a large baking sheet with the 2 tablespoons butter or margarine.
   Set aside.   For praline: in a heavy saucepan stir together 1/3 cup sugar
   and the water. Cook and stir over medium-hi heat till boiling. Then cook
   for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 min. more or until syrup is deep golden brown. Remove
   from heat. Stir in 1 cup nuts. Immediately pour onto the prepared baking
   sheet. Cool completely on a wire rack until firm. When firm, transfer
   tpraline to a heavy plastic bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the praline
   into small pieces. Set aside.
       For cookies: In a large mixing bowl beat the 1 cup margarine or butter
   with an electric mixer on med. to high speed about 30 seconds or until
   softened. Add about half of the flour, all of the brown sugar, 1/2 cup
   sugar, eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Beat till thoroughly combined,
   scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in remaining flour. Stir
   in crushed praline.  Drop 1/4 cup of dough at a time 4 in. apart on
   ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten to 1-in. thickness and bake in 350 deg.
   oven for 13 to 15 min. or till edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie
   sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies and finish cooling on wire racks. If
   desired, melt chocolate. Cool. Drizzle the melted chocolate over cookies
   and sprinkle with chopped pecans or hazelnuts.
      (These cookies are huge and may be wrapped separately in plastic wrap
   and twist-tied, then decorated with a fancy bow.)