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Mocha-Pecan Butter Balls Recipe

When I was a little girl, one of my mother's co-workers would bring tins of assorted Christmas cookies for my sister and me. These were the ones I reached for first.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Combine the flour, drink mix, coffee granules and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until firm. Cool on pan for 1-2 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 172 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.