East Texas Pecan Drops

1 cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
2½ cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
2. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and shortening together until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ powdered sugar gradually. Stir in the flour thoroughly and add vanilla and pecans. Mix well.
3. Drop by teaspoonsful onto an ungreased baking sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are a delicate, light brown.

Makes 4 dozen

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