[CnD] Pecan Shortbread Snowballs

Marilyn Pennington m51pennington at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 14:30:15 EST 2018

Pecan Shortbread Snowballs


These pecan cookies are delightfully rolled in powdered sugar or decorated
with a whole pecan. 


Sometimes called Mexican Wedding Cookies, or Pecan Sandies, they are a
classic not-sweet cookie full of pecan crunch.


Makes: 2 dozen.

Prep Time: 20 min.

Bake Time: 20 min.



2    cups flour.

½   tsp salt.

2    sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (8 oz).

⅔  cup powdered sugar + extra for decoration.

1    tsp vanilla.

2    tsp water.

⅔   cup chopped pecans.



Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Whisk flour and salt together, set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together until well mixed. Add vanilla and water,
mix until combined. Add flour mixture- combine well.

Add pecans, mix until the dough comes together. Keep mixing until dough is
smooth and not crumbly.


Use a 1” cookie scoop to create level scoops (scrape excess on sides of
bowl), or roll dough into 1” balls.

Scoops will create a rougher texture that shows off the pecans, rolled
cookies will have a smoother top.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bottom edges are slightly golden.

While still warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar. Once all cookies have
been rolled, start from the beginning, building up the sugar coating with
each repetition until each cookie has been rolled 2-3 times and the desired
level of coating is achieved. Let cool.


As an alternative, decorate with a half pecan pressed into the top of the
cookie before baking.




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