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The Twelve Days of Cookies – Day 8

November 22, 2009

cookieswapIn case you missed it, Julie, of Booking Mama, and I are hosting a virtual cookie swap.  (We were inspired by The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman.)  We’ll post twelve cookie recipes (six each, since we’re alternating days) and we hope you’ll  share a recipe on November 27.  Yesterday, Julie posted a great looking recipe for pecan mix.

My mother made these cookies every year and we always looked forward to them.  My mom doesn’t do any baking these days, but both my sister and I make these now.


Pecan Balls

½ cup shelled pecans

2 tablespoons sugar

½ cup butter or margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sifted flour

pinch of salt

confectioners sugar

Grate or grind pecans fine.  Mix nuts, sugar, butter, vanilla, flour and salt in a bowl.  Work mixture thoroughly with hands until it holds together nicely.  Chill.  Pinch off bits of dough and roll into balls about the size of a walnut.  Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 375° for 20 minutes.  Coat warm pecan balls generously with confectioners sugar.  Makes approximately 30 pecan balls.

Be sure to check Julie’s blog tomorrow for Day 9 – I’m sure she’ll have another yummy recipe featured.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2009 7:30 am

    Yum! You’re really showing me up with all the extra pictures. LOL!

  2. November 22, 2009 7:44 am

    Those cookies look yummy! I can see I have missed a lot by being off the computer for a week. I’ll have a lot of catching up to do. For some reason I thought you were doing this in December. I wanted to post my Italian cookie recipe that we only make on Christmas and Easter, although I think my older daughter is making some for Thursday.

  3. November 22, 2009 7:55 am

    My Grandma and Mom always made these but in a crescent shape. So yummy!

  4. November 22, 2009 8:20 am

    These remind me of my favorite Christmas cookies, only my Mom always called them butterballs. Have a nice Sunday!

  5. November 22, 2009 9:00 am

    This look like the will be quick and easy. Thanks Kathy this is the next one I will be baking with Michael on the weekend.

  6. November 22, 2009 9:09 am

    Those look yummy! I will have to “borrow” some of these recipes for my Christmas cookies.

  7. November 22, 2009 9:13 am

    I can see how I would handle “Grate or grind pecans fine” which would be: buy them that way!!!

  8. November 22, 2009 10:00 am

    These are a favorite of mine. They look so great too 🙂

  9. November 22, 2009 10:15 am

    I love these! I might have to start baking again!

  10. November 22, 2009 11:52 am

    I love these! We call them Russian tea cake.

  11. November 22, 2009 1:03 pm

    Oh these remind me of Christmas! My grandma always made these 🙂

  12. November 22, 2009 1:40 pm

    I’ll have to try these. Love anything with pecans in it. They look yummie. Can they be made ahead and frozen?

    Straight From Hel

    • November 22, 2009 7:34 pm

      This might freeze before baking, but I don’t think they’d freeze well after baking because of the confectioner’s sugar.

  13. November 22, 2009 2:09 pm

    I have celiac disease, but these sound so good I’m going to make them with rice flour!

  14. Marjorie permalink
    November 22, 2009 2:21 pm

    What a simple receipe, I will definitely try them
    Thank you very much for the receipe.

  15. November 22, 2009 2:44 pm

    I would have to do some digging to find nuts not cooked in peanut oil or peanut factories, etc. But sounds like a good recipe.

  16. November 22, 2009 3:09 pm

    These look incredibly yummy. Love those pedestal plates!

  17. November 22, 2009 4:21 pm

    I love the cookie swap idea. I’ll have to see if I still have the recipe for any of my grandma’s favorites.

    I hope that all is well with you!

    Thanks for keeping in touch with me while I’ve been MIA.



  18. November 22, 2009 4:52 pm

    These sound a lot like my Aunt Gussie’s Bourbon Balls – minus, of course, the bourbon. They also sound really delicious!

  19. November 22, 2009 5:34 pm

    I’ve never had this cookie before but it certainly looks yummy!!!

  20. November 22, 2009 6:05 pm

    I make a variation of these too. They are so good! You’re giving me the urge to take my apron out now! Too bad I’m at my bookstore!

  21. November 22, 2009 6:47 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! Yummo! I love Pecan Balls, you’ve given me incentive to give it a go! And the photo is a nice touch! I look forward to the rest of the cookie swap!

  22. etirv permalink
    November 22, 2009 7:18 pm

    The DH would love these cookies, this will be a baking project for me, thanks!

  23. November 22, 2009 8:42 pm

    I love pecans so would be afraid to make these…I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them!

  24. November 22, 2009 9:18 pm

    These look fantastic! I absolutely love pecans! The only drawback with these cookies is that I would be the only one to eat them (since the rest of the family is not into desserts with nuts). With as yummy as these look, I could see eating them all by myself. 🙂

  25. November 23, 2009 8:16 am

    my mother used to make these. they were her favorite!

  26. November 23, 2009 9:12 am

    My mom makes something similar to this but the name is escaping me at the moment. I think she uses different nuts or something. I have to go call her now 🙂

  27. November 23, 2009 9:38 am

    My mom always makes Pecan Balls as well. They are delicious! My boys are old enough now to help “Ma Ma” bake cookies. It’s a tradition that we all look forward to!

  28. November 23, 2009 12:16 pm

    I love anything with pecans!!

  29. November 23, 2009 1:13 pm

    I think my mom makes these – Russian Tea Cakes, but leaves out the pecans.

  30. November 23, 2009 3:50 pm

    I remember these from when I was little! I can remember them in the cookie dish at my gramma’s house every Christmas, but I haven’t thought of them in years! Thanks for posting this recipe, now I can add them to my cookie dish as well!

  31. November 24, 2009 8:53 pm

    I’m not that big of a pecan fan but my mom loves them so I’ll have to give her this recipe. Thanks!

  32. November 25, 2009 6:47 pm

    Absolutely one of my favorite cookies!

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