Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

I got this recipe from the United Way, JC Penny Cookbook 1996. They are always a big hit at Christmas time. Baking time is per sheet - so multiply that by how many cookie sheets you need to use.


  1. Cream butter, the 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla.
  2. Combine flour and pecans.
  3. Stir into butter mixture.
  4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. place on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in 325 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack.
  7. Roll again in powdered sugar.
  8. Sprinkle with additional chopped pecans if desired.
Most Helpful

5 5

Very good! I knew they'd be good, so I doubled the recipe! I toasted my pecans in a medium-hot iron skillet, stirring constantly for a few minutes, till fragrant. Although I used salted butter, I believe this would have been even better with 1/4 teaspoon added salt. My cookies baked for exactly 20 minutes, and they soaked up quite a bit of powdered sugar while warm! Tagged for Photo Tag, due January 4th, with extension.

5 5

I love these cookies! Never knew they were this easy! Used my stand mixer to cream the butter et al. Used a melon scooper to make my balls - boy, was that a lifesaver! I had to bake my cookies a little longer than max. Will definitely make these again. Made for Photo Tag.