Praline Cookies


2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons orange or lemon juice 
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1-2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt


Orange syrup or orange preserve
1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and set aside. 
  • In a large bowl or food processor, mix vegetable shortening, egg, vanilla and brown sugar. 
  • Add all other ingredients except pecans and glaze. 
  • Blend at medium speed until dough is stiff. 
  • Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C). 
  • Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes until deep golden brown. 
  • Cool on wire rack. 
  • Top each cookie with glaze and chopped  pecans.

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