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    SPICY PEAR COOKIES -- from Land O'Lakes

    Pumpkin pie spice complements sweet chopped pears & pecans in these easy drop cookies.

    Preparation time: 1 hrs Baking time: 10 min Yield: 3 dozen cookies

    Cookie Ingredients:
    2/3 c sugar
    2/3 c firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 c LAND O LAKESŪ Butter, softened
    1/4 c pear nectar or milk
    1 egg
    2 c all-purpose flour
    1 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 medium (1 cup) ripe pear, peeled, finely chopped
    1 c chopped pecans
    36 whole cloves

    Frosting Ingredients:
    4 c powdered sugar
    1/4 c LAND O LAKESŪ Butter, softened
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
    3-4 T pear nectar or milk

    Heat oven to 375°F. Combine sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add 1/4 cup pear nectar and egg; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and baking soda. Beat until well mixed. Stir in pear and pecans.

    For each pear cookie, drop 1 rounded teaspoon dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets; drop rounded 1/2 teaspoon dough next to, but not touching, teaspoon of dough. Press 1 clove into smaller dough to resemble stem. Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

    Combine all frosting ingredients except pear nectar in small bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough pear nectar for desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies.

    *Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves for 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. For 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, substitute 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a pinch each of ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cloves.

    Recipe Tip
    Pear skin color is not an indication of ripeness because some varieties do not change as they ripen. For baking, select pears that are firm without bruises or blemishes on the skin. Bartlett or Bosc pear make good choices for cookies or cakes.

    Nutrition Facts (1 cookie): Calories: 160, Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 55mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Dietary Fiber: <1g, Protein: 1g

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    Re: Spicy Pear Cookies

    These sound really good!

    Thought for the day: Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away!