Caramel-Pecan Cookies

1/2 c. brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 c. butter or margarine (room temperature)
2 tbs water
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. salt
8 vanilla caramels
2 1/4 c. pecan halves
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:

1 oz. baking chocolate (unsweetened)
1 c. confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 – 4 tsp. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together first four ingredients in large bowl on medium speed or stir by hand. Add flour and salt. With sharp knife cut each caramel into four pieces. For each cookie, group 5 pecan halves on ungreased baking sheet. Form 1 tsp dough around each piece of caramel forming a ball. Press firmly the ball onto center of each group of pecans. Bake approximately 13 minutes or until set but not browned. Remove immediately from baking sheet and place on wire rack. Cool completely. Drizzle tops of cookies with Chocolate Glaze.

Chocolate Glaze Directions:

Melt chocolate in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Add in confectioners sugar, vanilla flavoring and water until smooth.

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