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Pecan Meltaways Recipe

Pecan Meltaways Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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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."

PatsCookin User ID: 2406774 3449
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"I haven't made this recipe, but I have one almost identical that I have been making for 40 years. My recipe calls for 2 cups flour instead of 2 1/4 and 3/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup butter. Mine also calls for 1 teaspoon almond extract. The dough is dry, but I've never had trouble rolling them. They are not supposed to be a sweet cookie."

PetraMary User ID: 6370210 1677
Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"Love this recipe, its so much better than store bought Wedding cake cookies that I usually get around Christmas time. I make these all year round."

Online_Annie User ID: 3709274 3483
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"Perfection every time! Always a hit at the Holidays!"

kismat62 User ID: 2981137 5926
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I found this recipe in TOH "The Ultimate cookie Collection" cookbook. When mixed according to directions there was no way to shape into balls. I thought maybe it was a misprint in the book after finding the recipe here it was not misprint. After reading the reviews here I added 1/2 cup additional butter as Amy posted. They are good. Perhaps someone can contact Alberta and get correct recipe."

amyneal02 User ID: 1049949 4736
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"These were a BIG HIT at a Christmas party a good friend of mine had about two years ago. She told me people were absolutely RAVING about these Meltaways and many wanted the recipe. I did add more butter than what is called for, about 1/2 cup more. It seemed to help with the "dryness." I ended up sharing this recipe with those who asked my friend for it. I was so glad people liked them!"

Buscadora User ID: 5362605 5766
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"I agree with Rose, the dough was very dry and the finished product wasn't sweet enough for me, even after rolling them in the sugar."

rose48hos User ID: 1095696 5765
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I was very disappointed in this recipe. It sounded like just what I was looking for, but the dough was very dry and stiff, and refrigerating made it even worse. I was able to press it into balls, but it was too dry to roll into balls. The finished cookies had no flavor and certainly did not melt in my mouth. It was like chewing a mouthful of flour and seemed to just get bigger until I washed it down with liquid. They definitely didn't melt in my mouth. I ended up throwing them away and will not make them again."

mm-mm User ID: 3018339 3447
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Very good cookies."

chirey User ID: 1371783 2374
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"These are absolutely delicious! I love these cookies. I have made them several times now and always end up making a second batch because the first batch is snatched up by family as soon as they cool. I must make them bigger than suggested because I only get 2 dozen out of a batch. They are a crumbly dough but after refrigerated and rolled into balls they turn out okay. Not too crumbly but easily crushed."

SaltandPeppy User ID: 5584102 1657
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I made these for Christmas, and they quickly became my mother's favorite cookie. Yes, the dough is dry, but they stayed together just fine, for me. They really do melt in your mouth. So good!"

CristaandScott User ID: 5736520 2373
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"These are one of my favorite Christmas treats. I've been making them for years and they disappear fast!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 6513
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"I was surprised by how tasty these were and how quick they went! They definitely melt in your mouth as advertised. I was low on pecans, so I subbed a 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips. I think they may benefit from a half tsp of almond extract too. Just as they are though, 5 stars."

[email protected] User ID: 4096556 3445
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"These cookies were unbelievable! I made them to give out to our neighbors at Christmas, but I made sure to keep some for our house. I will definitely be making these again!"

natasha_yelfimov24 User ID: 5397865 199012
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"i made these cookies today and it turned out to be the best cookies ever!!! thank you for this great recipe!!!))"

[email protected] User ID: 1560477 5463
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"This is one of our favorite recipes to have and to give at Christmas time. I get asked for this recipe all the time. The delicious shortbread buttery flavor with pecans just melts in your mouth. I lost this recipe last year and I am grateful to be able to find it on this site! :)"

amyneal02 User ID: 1049949 1642
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I made these for a friend's Christmas party in 2009. We left before anyone really started digging into them. My friend told me the next day that these cookies were a HUGE hit, so much so that her guests wanted to know if she had any more! I added about 1/4 cup additional butter to this recipe because the balls weren't holding together as tightly as I thought they should be. Also, I cubed the sticks of butter ... Made sure it was REALLY COLD, and mixed the dry together before incorporating the butter and vanilla. And used my fingers to mix it together a bit. Rolling these into 1/4" balls seems to hold them in shape better. Can't wait to make these again!!! :)"

minagain User ID: 2477152 2993
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"i cut back on the flour to 2 cups and they are perfect"

krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 3444
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"too dry for my liking"

jas1906 User ID: 1656127 4734
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"Mine too are falling apart in our mouths, but they are STILL one of our favorites! Will make them again anyway. :) Would appreciate any tips for helping them stick together."

dlee120 User ID: 1246052 6447
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This recipe was so easy to make and the first batch went so fast I have to make a double batch tonite in order to have some for guests on Christmas day. Soooo Good!!!!"

4chance User ID: 1885702 1655
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Cookies were very dry. Seemed to be missing something to bind it together, possibly an egg. Tossed the whole batch."

angelaclang User ID: 4167126 3442
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"Very easy and delicious. Want to try version with chopped cherries... yum"

sethl User ID: 4260748 2992
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"The cookies are great. For some reason though, a few of my fell apart when I was rolling them in the confectioner'sugar."

twinplusone User ID: 789258 4494
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"Delicious! I think ours look better than the picture. Can't wait to include these in a cookie exchange. Definately will be on the top of my cookie list."

Punskee User ID: 4219680 5462
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"My friends and family really enjoyed this cookie. So much so I'm going to bake it again as gifts."

jenhorse1235 User ID: 4634955 199011
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"Best cookies ever!!!!!!!!!!!"

karbauer User ID: 363727 4718
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"These cookies are the best. I inter change the pecans for walnuts. They are definately my favorite."

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