pecan-topped cream cheese puffs

cream cheese is a perfect way to add a bit more flavor and a lot more tenderness to your cookie crumb! these are quick and easy to make, and they are delicious! you can feel free to swap out the pecans on top for another type of nut, such as walnuts, or a few chocolate chips scattered on top and pressed into the top of the dough! whatever the topping, i hope you will enjoy these delectable treats!

pecan-topped cream cheese puffs
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature (do not use low fat or fat free cream cheese)
1 cup baker’s sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
pecans (to press into dough)

1. preheat oven to 325 degrees. line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. mix butter, cream cheese and baker’s sugar until light and fluffy.
3. beat in egg yolk and vanilla until completely mixed into butter mixture.
4. with mixer on lowest speed, add flour gradually. mix well.
5. refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour, but not longer than 3 hours.
6. roll into 1 inch balls, and place on baking sheet. press pecan into center of dough ball.
7. bake for 15-17 minutes. remove from oven and baking sheet, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
yield:approximately 34 cookies

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