Ginger-Pecan Chews

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 (2 ounce) jar crystallized ginger — chopped (about 1/3 cup)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Pecan halves, if desired

Heat oven to 375º. Beat sugar, butter, molasses, egg and crystallized ginger in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, ground ginger, baking soda and salt. Stir in chopped pecans. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press pecan half onto each cookie. Bake 12-14 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched near center. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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