Classic Thumbprint Cookies

Classic Thumbprint Cookies
Yield: 4 dozen (1 3/4-inch) cookies
Bake 350°F 15 mins to 17 mins
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Classic Thumbprint Cookies
  •  Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1/2  cup  firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1  Crisco® Butter Shortening Sticks, cut into slices OR 1 cup Crisco® Butter Shortening
  • 3  large eggs, separated
  • 2  tablespoons  water
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  cups  Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • 2  cups  finely chopped pecans
  • 1  cup  Smucker's® Strawberry Preserves, or any Smucker's® Preserves, Jam or Jelly of your choice

1. HEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust rack to middle position. Coat two cookie sheets lightly with no-stick cooking spray.

2. BEAT brown sugar and shortening in medium bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, water, vanilla and salt. Beat until well combined. Add flour on low speed until well blended.

3. BEAT egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy. Place pecans in a separate shallow bowl. Measure about 2 teaspoons dough for each cookie. Form into balls by rolling between your palms. Dip each dough ball into egg whites, then roll into pecans. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.

4. BAKE 10 minutes. Remove from oven. It may be necessary to create the indentation once again with a spoon. Place about 1 teaspoon preserves into the indentation of each cookie. Bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for several minutes. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely.

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