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Pecan Butter Balls

By: A Bakers Field Guide to Christmas Cookies, by Dede Wilson
This image courtesy of harvardcommonpress.com

When I hear those sleigh bells ringing I think it's time for great Christmas holiday recipes. The little baker inside of me comes out and I make these fantastic Pecan Butter Balls that go over well at every holiday party. Tis the season!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Pulse pecans, cup confectioners’ sugar, and the salt together in a food processor to break up nuts, then process until nuts are finely ground.
     
  2. Add butter a few pieces at a time, pulsing to incorporate, then process until mixture is smooth; pulse in vanilla.
     
  3. Add flour, pulse until incorporated, then process until dough begins to form a ball.
     
  4. Scrape dough onto large piece of plastic wrap and form into a very flat disc, cover completely in wrap, and refrigerate until firm enough to roll into balls, at least 2 hours or overnight.
     
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  6. Line 2 rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper.
     
  7. Roll dough into 1-inch balls between your lightly floured palms and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Gently flatten just enough so they don’t roll off. Bake until light golden brown around edges, about 15 minutes.
     
  8. Cool on sheets on racks for 5 minutes, then sift remaining 1 1⁄2cups confectioners’ sugar over warm cookies. After cookies have cooled completely, roll them in the confectioners’ sugar on the sheet to cover completely.

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And how about the salt? Where is the amount of salt, butter and exactly how much confectioner's suger where - please. Would love to make these but am stuck with pecans and sugar in my blender.

Not only is the amount of butter missing, the recipe calls for 1 C (of the 2 total cups) of confectioner's sugar be part of the mix but says to sift the remaining 1 1/2 cups over the baked cookies. Should only 1/2 c be in the mix or should 1 c be sifted over the baked cookies?

Not only is the amount of butter missing, the recipe calls for 1 C (of the 2 total cups) of confectioner's sugar be part of the mix but says to sift the remaining 1 1/2 cups over the baked cookies. Should only 1/2 c be in the mix or should 1 c be sifted over the baked cookies?

I think it would be nice to know how much butter also

Doesn't anybody proof read the recipes before they go on line? WHAT BUTTER--no mention of butter in the list of ignredients. Fifty years ago Betty Crocker Cookbook called these Russian Tea Cakes.

I think it will turn out so delicious if only the butter is added among the ingredients. Thank you

you didn't say how much butter in recipe.

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