Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Southern butter pecan balls

I LOVE THESE! Some one would always make them and I never knew what they were called until I finally came across the recipe! I always include these in my Christmas cookies to switch it up a bit. They are so yummy! and different! Pecans are probably my favorite nut to cook with so naturally I would love these! (From thecountrycook.net)

1 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for coating)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pecan chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (don't use a non stick spray, paper is highly recommended)
In a medium bowl, combine shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix until smooth (use low setting at first.)
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Slowly ad the flower mixture to the shortening mixture.
Stir pecans into batter (make sure these are nice small chips)
The batter will not look like typical cookie batter, so don't fret.
Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place about 1 1/2 inch apart from each other on sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until edges slightly brown.
Let the cookies cool down a little. While they are still warm (but not burning to the touch) roll the cookies into the extra powdered sugar.
Place the cookies on wax paper or a plate and let them finish cooling.
When completely cool, roll in the powdered sugar for a second time.

So yummy! Enjoy!

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