Growing up, this was one of the cookies my mom always made for the holidays. So I thought I’d make them this year. They were always huge hits and we rarely had any leftover. Here’s her recipe:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup cold butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans (or almonds)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Pre-heat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla,flour, and salt. Similar to when you make biscuits, don’t over mix! Add the butter and mix with either your hands or dough blender. The mixture is going to be very sticky! Once it’s mixed together, then add the pecans and mix. Put the dough in the fridge for an hour or so until the dough is cold (this prevents spreading).
Now shape into 1-inch balls (or use your small cookie scoop). Place inch apart on un-greased cookie sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown.
Immediately remove from cookie sheets and let them cool for 5 minutes.
Quickly roll them in 1 cup of powdered sugar and let them cool completely. Then re-roll them in powdered sugar and serve.