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Pecan Balls

Pecan Balls


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine

  • 1 cup pecans or hazelnuts, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Confectioners' sugar


Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the confectioners' sugar. With your hands, mix until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Using your hands, roll the dough into balls approximately 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Place the balls 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are set but not brown. Let stand for 1 minute before removing the cookies from the cookie sheets. Remove to wire rack; cool slightly. Roll the cookies in confectioners' sugar while still warm; cool completely. Just before serving, re-roll in confectioners' sugar.