These are one of my all time favorite cookie recipes, which is saying a lot because they have zero chocolate in them. They melt right in your mouth and are just so perfect! I used to not like nuts (I do now, but that doesn't matter), and I still loved these cookies. It doesn't even taste like nuts because they are finely chopped and act more as a binder than a chunky element. A lot of people, me included, make these around Christmas time, but I felt like making a cookie recipe today and wanted to make one that wasn't on the blog yet, so I made these anyways. Right when I bit into it though, it was like tasting Christmas. It was just wonderful!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter, ½ cup of the powdered sugar, and the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and pecans, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 14 to 15 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Roll warm cookies in remaining ½ cup powdered sugar until evenly coated; place on wire racks. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.