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, 0 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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cb5162 User ID: 7714236 257714
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"I also make a recipe just like this, but they are called Russian Tea Cakes. They are my daughter's favorite Christmas cookie."

DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 257712
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"I grew up calling these "pecan sandies." I love them but have a hard time staying out of them! Irresistible!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 257703
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2016

"This is the classic recipe for Mexican Wedding Cakes or Butterballs. This recipe has been around for many, many years. One of our favorites! You can't go wrong with this cookie!"

LeslieH User ID: 191346 239099
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

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

reekay User ID: 7860300 216313
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

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

mona4eyes User ID: 6130314 3484
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Yummy, yum, yum!!"

jjrodie User ID: 7552355 1681
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!"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 5928
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!"

baughtmon User ID: 4716534 5927
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Make these every year. I have no trouble rolling them and I follow this recipe exactly. Absolutely wonderful cookie."

hillarydow User ID: 6930448 3693
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Didn't quite get 4 dozen, but I never get as many cookies as a recipe specifies. They certainly melt in your mouth and I was surprised at how few ingredients there are in these. I'll be making these around the holidays for sure."

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