This is a simple drop cookie topped with a luxurious praline candy. A Louisiana specialty, praline combines chopped pecans with caramelized brown sugar.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and 1 1/2 cups light-brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until fully combined. Add dry ingredients, and beat on low speed until combined.

  • Drop batter in rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until firm and barely golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies from pan to wire rack.

  • In a small saucepan, combine remaining 1 cup light-brown sugar and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar, and whisk until smooth. (If frosting thickens, thin with cream.) Add pecan pieces. Place cookies on a cooling rack over a lined baking pan. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon praline mixture onto each cookie.

Reviews (18)

52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 4
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05/09/2013
Oh my goodness, I just made a batch of these and they are as delicious as everyone has written! I'm going to make another half batch right now b/c I have a feeling people are going to want more than just one. And thank you @gml for two great suggestions: make a well and sprinkle salt. Brilliant!
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12/07/2011
I love love love these cookies. I make them for my annual cookie exchange every year. My friends can't get enough of them.
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2011
These cookies are delicious!! I have found that even after sifting the powdered sugar, there were clumps in the frosting. My solution is to pour the frosting through a strainer and that has worked.
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09/16/2010
@gml- The sea salt took a darn good cookie and made it great. Thanks for the idea!
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07/29/2010
Every time I have made this recipe, all I hear are raves! It's soooo good and I'm planning on making them fo Christmas this year to give as gifts. I've also lied and said it's an old family recipe and refused to give it to friends! Love this!!
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06/24/2010
These cookies are a real crowd pleaser! I've made them multiple times but this year I made a triple batch and served them at my end-of-year university Grad Show. People were grabbing them three at a time! Thanks Martha!!!
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06/13/2010
I made these cookies the last time this was cookie of the day. They are out of this world!
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04/02/2010
These cookies are awesome!!! I've been making them for a few years and they have become a Christmas favorite of my family. They are my absolute favorite cookie of all time!!!
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11/15/2009
I have made these a number of times. They are delicious and soft and moist. Easy to follow recipe and ymmy. Never a problem and turns out each time:)
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10/05/2009
maybe i"ll be lucky today and leave a comment,,,These cookies take you on a virtual trip down Bourbon street in the Big Easy. Mykele
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09/15/2009
These were awesome. I've never made praline before and it was surprisingly easy.
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03/28/2009
These are entirely lovely! I made a shallow indentation with my thumb while they were still warm to give the praline topping a little more room and finished with a sprinkling of sea salt. Divine.
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03/27/2009
10 mins. was way too long for my batches!! 7 minutes seems perfect. Make sure to watch the first batch, as I did not. Very yummy though....sure to please.
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03/10/2009
Very good! My cookies didn't come out as soft as I wanted but they were still awesome! The Praline was very good! I've never had or made cookies like this.. Definitely keeping this recipe!
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03/09/2009
Praline taste like New Orleans to me. Had extra frosting, put it in dollops on a silpat, made praline candies. Delicious!
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03/09/2009
Praline taste like New Orleans to me. Had extra frosting, put it in dollops on a silpat, made praline candies. Delicious!
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03/04/2009
These are the best cookies I've ever had. Ever! This is my go-to recipe for any occasion that requires me to bring cookies. I usually make half-again as much praline mixture, because 1/2 teaspoon per cookie seems like such a small taste of heaven.
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01/30/2008
These are definitely a new favorite of mine! The cookies turn out so soft and moist. They taste great with and without the frosting. Mmm mmm!