Powdered sugar-dusted snowball cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Better yet, these pecan-filled cookies are scrumptious all year round!
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8 ounces (2 cups) pecans
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
How to make
Heat oven to 325°F.
Process pecans in food processor until finely chopped. Transfer chopped pecans to bowl; stir in flour and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and granulated sugar in medium bowl 2 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add nut mixture. Beat just until dough is combined.
Working with 1 tablespoon dough, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 16-18 minutes or until very lightly browned. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes; transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
Place powdered sugar into shallow bowl; roll cooled cookies in sugar to coat. Store in airtight container. If necessary, re-roll cookies in powdered sugar before serving.
Pecans can be purchased as halves or pieces. Using the food processor to chop the pecans delivers the best results for this cookie. It will give you just the right amount of finely chopped nuts and nut crumbs, creating a not-too-dry dough that gives the finished cookies a delicate texture.
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