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       Title: 1986 Winner: Praline Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 36 servings
     1/2 c  Butter
   1 1/2 c  Packed brown sugar
       1    Egg
   1 1/2 c  Flour
       1 ts Vanilla
       1 c  Chopped pecans
     Preparation time: 25 minutes Baking time: 10 to 12 minutes
   :       1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and egg. Stir in
   flour, vanilla
   and pecans. Mix well by hand. Shape into balls about   the size of
   walnuts, place on cookie sheets and flatten to about 1/8   inch.
   :       2. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until brown. Remove from oven and
   allow to cool
   completely and harden.  (These cookies are chewy, not hard).
   :          Winner Jean McGree of Flossmoor “bores everyone,”
   she says, with   this family tale of Christmas praline cookies: “Since the
   time Mom   had been a little girl, each November Grandma would surround
   her back   yard pecan tree with sheets to catch the falling nuts. But most
   of   the nuts had to be knocked from the branches with her long-handled
   broom. Then she would spend hours stooped over those sheets, picking   up
   the pecans and sorting the good ones from the black and hollow   shells.
     ”When her daughter married and moved away, the nuts were carefully
   picked over, packaged and shipped 'up North.' Free time in the first
   week of December was always marked for shelling the pecans. Sore   hands
   and stiff backs were repaid with secret nibbling and promises   of praline
   cookies for Christmas.     “Soon, I'll start looking for a package from
   Great-Grandma in South   Carolina. Then, as we crack the pecans, I can
   retell the 'pecan   story' to Michael and Ann, who know that Santa always
   looks for pralines on Christmas Eve.” from the Chicago Tribune annual Food
     Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 4, 1986