These cookies are an annual Christmas tradition. I’ve been making these since I was about 10 years old. My son and I make them together every Christmas Eve.
Pecan Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup flour
1 cup powdered sugar (10x or icing sugar)
Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Add the pecans, and mix well. Add the flour and mix. Don’t over mix the flour – mix just until it comes together.
Roll dough into small balls – about the size of a large marble, or about 3/4 of an inch big. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment. You can place these closer together than normal cookies — instead of 3 across on a cookie sheet, you can do 5 -6.
Bake at 300F for 30 minutes.
Allow the cookies to rest a few minutes, and then remove them from the parchment. Allow to cool completely.
Once these are completely cooled, roll in powdered sugar.
This makes about 40 or so cookies, if you keep them about 3/4 of an inch big.
You can also roll these while they are still hot in the powdered sugar, and then return them to the oven for about a minute to glaze. Allow them to cool and serve.
These keep a few days in a covered container. They never actually last that long, though ;)