12 Reviews

We have made this cookie for years at Christmas time. Try rolling them while they are still fairly hot in the powdered sugar. After they've cooled, roll them again through the powdered sugar. The first coating will melt and stick to the cookie and the second will add a nice finish. Also, the second coating of powdered sugar will help balance the saltiness if you use salted butter. In fact, we always use salted butter. Unsalted butter in this recipe tends to render them extraordinarily bland. And, this should be a 'crumbly' cookie - it is essentially a shortbread cookie. Crumbly in this case is a good thing. They freeze beautifully, too. Just be sure to use freezer bags as opposed to regular bags so they don't pick up other flavors or odors from other foods stored in your freezer.

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T B. October 20, 2014

Absolutely delicious and easy! I used a little less flour, and rolled the cookies twice. Once right out if the oven and again once cooled a little!

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Hollie C. March 08, 2015

bleh. These were so disappointing. Bland. Dry. Crumbly. Like eating packing peanuts. Couldn't even bring myself to give them away.

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mabs December 22, 2014

I too have been making these forever! just a tip on the butter use 1/2 cup salted and 1/2 unsalted and that will help with the taste and crumbling. ;)

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trixees December 21, 2014

I've been making these cookies since I was 13...I'm now 43 and love them just the same....I used to have the recipe commited to memory but 5 kids later I need to refer to the recipe :) Such a basic recipe , but ohhhh so good! Try 'em!

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chefmcdonald08 November 28, 2014

Okay. For baking simple people like myself, be sure not to use salted butter. Also, mine came out crumbley. But everything I try to bake, I ruin. So, other than the salty crumbley-Ness they were great!!! LOL

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Why cant I bake? December 08, 2012

soooo easy! had to omit the nuts, but no matter.

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deemcmeekin January 28, 2010

Very simple! They stayed as round as when I first put them in the oven (we were going for snowballs so that was perfect!) I too used pecans which was fine but only yielded about 2 dozen cookies. Great recipe!

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Jenn J January 26, 2010

Great Recipe. I used Pecans and followed the other reviewers-waiting for them to cool a bit before rolling in the sugar. I got about 43 cookies out of this. Definitely a keeper!

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Pony December 11, 2009

I made these for a church fellowship and everyone liked them. Even had a couple of requests for the recipe. I have to share this recipe.

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Maryland Jim November 09, 2008
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