Frosted Pecan Cuplets

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 egg whites; slightly beaten
1½ cups Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces; finely chopped
1 recipe Tinted Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Combine butter, add sugar gradually; beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt; chill.
3. Shape level teaspoonfuls of dough into rounds; dip in egg white, then roll in the pecans. Put on greased cookie sheets.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven; make a depression in center of each cookie.
5. Return to oven; continue baking for about 10 minutes longer. Cool and fill centers with tinted butter frosting.

Makes 6 dozen

Tinted Frosting
3 tablespoons unsalted butter; softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red food coloring
Green food coloring

1. Combine butter, sugar, cream and vanilla. Mix well.
2. Divide mixture in half.
3. Color one portion with red food coloring; the other with green food coloring.

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