my favourite christmas cookie

pecan balls

i’ve always been obsessed with baking. beginning at the ripe old age of 7, i would make cakes, cookies and squares on a weekly basis at home. luckiest family ever! well, they still are… every christmas before i go back home, i give my mom instructions to pick up my baking staples so i can whip up my favourite items. we’re talking 6 to 8 holiday treats that everyone looks forward to nibbling on throughout the season.

my favourite cookie is ‘pecan balls’. buttery, soft, delicate and pretty; they’re like shortbread but better. not to mention super simple to make: they only require a few ingredients, one bowl and take no time at all.

merry christmas!

to start:

  • pre-heat oven to 325°F

ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or pastry flour if you have it)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans (toasted if you can)
  • additional confectioners’ sugar for dusting

method:

  1. in a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. gradually add flour. stir in pecans.
  2. chill in the fridge for 2 hrs. this will avoid cookies spreading.
  3. shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 2 inch balls. do not over press. place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
    pecan balls 1
  4. bake for 20-22 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned.
  5. let stand for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. roll in confectioners’ sugar when cool and tap off excess.

yield: about 36 cookies

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