Pound Cake Cookies

Pound Cake Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon rum or 1/2 teaspoon imitation rum flavoring

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

About 36 pecan halves

In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg yolk, rum flavoring, and vanilla extract. Combine flour and salt, then gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Cover bowl and chill for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a sheet pan by lining with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on prepared pan. Press 1 pecan half on top of each cookie. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen.