Formed Cookies Fudge Nutters

posted by Schmitty 10-16-99 9:34 AM

Fudge Nutters

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, divided
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 eggs separated
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
54 pecan halves, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large mixer bowl, cream butter or margarine.

Add 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, flour and 1 egg yolk.

Mix at medium speed until well blended.

In small bowl, combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar and cream cheese.

Add remaining egg yolk, 2 tablespoons cocoa and vanilla and mix until smooth.

In a pie plate beat egg whites until foamy.

Roll dough into 54 balls; dip each in egg white then roll in chopped pecans.

Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Make a well in each cookie; add a teaspoon filling.

Place a pecan half on top of filling.

Bake 12 minutes.

Cool 3 minutes; then remove to wire racks to cool.

Store in airtight containers in refrigerator.

Makes 54 cookies.

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