Pecan Meltaways Recipe
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Pecan Meltaways Recipe

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These sweet, nutty treats are a tradition in our house at Christmastime, but they are great any time of the year. —Alberta McKay, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll into 1-in. balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Roll warm cookies in additional confectioners' sugar; cool completely on wire racks. Roll cooled cookies again in confectioners' sugar. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Meltaways in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p13

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"Soft cookies that melt in your mouth. Easy to make."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"I make these every year and they are absolutely delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Yummy, yum, yum!!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"I just made these a couple days ago. I followed the recipe exactly as written and they turned out great! I was concerned that the dough was too dry and crumbly to roll, but I just dusted my hands with some powdered sugar and used a small cookie scoop to help me form the balls. I did find that it was easier to use the scoop while the dough was at room temperature instead of chilling it in the fridge first. Even a couple days later they are still being enjoyed by my friends and family!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"I have made these for Christmas for several years and everyone just loves them. They are so easy to make and so easy to eat!!! Great recipe!"

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