Pecan Balls

Pecan Balls

I’m not sure why I only make these cookies around the holiday season.  They are so scrumptious that I should make them year round.

Maybe it is because they look like little snowballs.

They’re not too sweet, not too big and they go perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.  This recipe also makes a lot, so it is perfect for a family get together or for gift giving.

First you need to beat your butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed for 30 seconds (need to get it a little fluffy).  Add the sugar and salt, mix until it is combined.  Add in the vanilla and flour and pecans.

Yep, that’s it.

Take a tablespoon and measure out the dough, roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.

Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until bottoms just begin to brown.  Let cool enough so you can touch them.

You’ll want them just a little warm so that the powdered sugar can “melt” onto the cookie.

Give them a good roll in the powdered sugar until all sides are coated.

Is’t he cute!

These are perfect little bites that will delight your palate.  It is like a little pecan shortbread.



Pecan Balls
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These are great little cookies for your holiday gift giving cookie platters!
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 50
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered Sugar for sprinkling on cookies (I roll them in the powdered sugar)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt beat till combined.
  3. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Stir in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
  5. Stir in pecans.
  6. Shape slightly rounded tablespoons of dough into balls. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 12 minutes or until bottoms just begin to brown. Transfer to wire rack; cool.
  8. Roll in powdered sugar. Makes about 50 small cookies. Perfect for gift giving for the holidays


One Comment

  1. Melissa, Just made these today to put out for guests tomorrow! So easy and so delicious! Halved the recipe and it was wonderful! Didn’t think anything without chocolate could be so yummy! Thanks!

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