Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Add flour, pecans and salt; mix well. Roll dough into 1-in. balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 325° for 17-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool cookies slightly before rolling them in confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts2 each: 110 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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Nov 27, 2019
I've been making a version of this cookie for about 40 years. In my family these are known by 2 names, snowballs and sandies. Over the years I've experimented and made them in many different ways and they have all been excellent versions of the classic shortbread cookies. Try them with confectioner's sugar or brown sugar(our favorite)- walnuts, pistachios or hazel nuts,- coat with a mixture of confectioner's sugar and crushed peppermint or instead of sugar coating, dip tops in melted white chocolate.
Oct 29, 2019
These were ok but I prefer my recipe that uses powdered sugar instead. Happy baking ??
Sep 23, 2019
My German Grandmother called these Cookies Kifflings (used walnuts instead of pecans) and my German neighbor attaches another "K" name to them. I think the same recipe is made by different names all over Europe. They are delicious, no matter what they're called. Two of my many grandchildren told me last year that Christmas wouldnt be the same without them, so it appears that they will be baked and cherished by yet another generation in our family.
Dec 15, 2018
I make these but there called Russian Teacakes and are made with walnuts. I use Black Walnuts, and everyone enjoys them every year.
Nov 29, 2018
These taste good but the dough never came together, I had to add water and press them hard in my hands to form the balls.
Dec 10, 2017
Made two batches, one as written and the second used hazelnuts in place of pecans. Both versions outstanding. Took half of each to holiday parties, not one left . . . Very similar to a recipe my Austrian mother used to make, this one is easier!
Dec 29, 2012
My grandmother used to make these all the time when I was a kid! They are so simple to make and the dough can be made and tossed in the fridge for a quick batch later. My husband calls these the Warm Cloud Cookies. Heavenly!
Aug 16, 2012
I made these on a whim because they looked simple and I was making several different kinds of cookies. So glad I did! They ARE simple and also very tasty!! I received so many compliments that I now make them every year. I love these cookies!
Oct 28, 2011
I've tried many versions of these holiday cookies, under different names, and this is the BEST! Thanks for the recipe.
Dec 23, 2009
I made these along with several other cookies and took them to work. My co-workers loved them AND wanted the recipe. These will be added to my Christmas cookie tradition.