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Yangmei thumbprint cookies

These thumbprint cookies are a family tradition for Calmei co-founder Charlie Lucero, whose mom, Cindy, originally made them every Christmas with different fruit fillings. The cookies are so good, she said, that she's been making them throughout the year, these days with the addition of yangmei.

Cindy Lucero

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1 egg, separated
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup pitted yangmei


Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cream together egg yolk, butter and brown sugar. Add flour, vanilla and salt, mixing well. Shape dough into balls. Roll in beaten egg white, then pecans. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove cookies from oven. With thumb, dent each cookie. Put yangmei in each thumbprint. Bake for another 8 minutes.

Makes 18

Photo courtesy of Liz Lucero

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