Buttery Nut Cookies Recipe
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Buttery Nut Cookies Recipe

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Make these wonderful cookies for the holidays as gifts for friends. They will be asking for the recipe.—American Dairy Assoc, Stacy Duffy, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 150 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Combine flour and pecans; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 1-1/2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until firm.
  3. If desired, immediately roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; or cool cookies and drizzle with melted chocolate. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Buttery Nut Cookies in Country Woman November/December 1997, p41

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"I have made a similar recipe for years, they are very good, melt in your mouth. I have also made them, omitting nuts and using finely diced maraschino cherries."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"I have been cooking and baking for over 50 years. Do NOT make these cookies! They are horrible and have NO flavor. I took them to a cookie party and everyone was very disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly as it was written and they were awful."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Kheaps - yes these do Freeze - would recommend after thawing to roll in confectioners sugar again to make them look great. These are also known as Russion Tea Cakes. A favorite of mine for a LONG time."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Does anyone know if these freeze well??"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Great tasting cookies!"

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