Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is my Tanté Enna's recipe. She made them every year when we would visit. So worth the trip. I was glad to be able to get this recipe and a couple others that I had enjoyed so much as a child.
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups pecans, finely chopped, divided
- If you prefer, you can substitute the pecans with walnuts, almonds, or filberts. I prefer the pecans to give this cookie a bit of sweetness.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit; high elevation use convection if you can; or bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sift flour (very important to do this for lighter cookies), sugar, and salt in medium to large bowl.
- Cut up butter into workable pieces, add to flour, and add vanilla.
- Mix as if you were making a pie crust; should look like beads or pea size. Use hand or sturdy spoon to mix well enough to form dough ball.
- Add and work in 2 cups of the nuts.
- Shape into 1-inch balls. You can refrigerate dough for about an hour if you think it will be easier to work with; I have not needed to.
- Roll balls in the remaining 1 cup nuts.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for about 25 minutes; may take 5 extra minutes, depending on the elevation.
- You can remove them right away to a wire rack to cool.
- You can use this same recipe for Wedding Cookies, just omit the 1 cup nuts for rolling and roll in powdered sugar instead. Bake the same amount of time.