This recipe, from Jo Ann Kurtz of Castaic, Calif., is the winner of the Slice and Bake Category in PARADE’s 2012 Holiday Cookie Bake-Off.
1. Beat butter for 3 minutes or until creamy. Beat in sugar gradually. Add syrup, egg yolk, and extracts; beat well. Stir in flour and pecans.
2. Divide dough in half and shape into logs 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment and refrigerate until firm.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
4. Cut logs into 1/2-inch-thick rounds; arrange on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.