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Recipe For Pecan Meltaway Balls

 “Sometimes me thinks, ‘What is a friend?’  And then me say ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.’” – The Cookie Monster 

                             That Cookie Monster was a smart fella, I say.   :-D                                                

Worthing Court: Recipe for Meltaway Pecan Balls

 Welcome to the 1st Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange!

Get your recipe cards ready and be prepared to grab 30 cookie recipes this week to add to your cookie recipe library.

Christmas Cookie Exchange

I’m not one of those who normally spends hour upon hour baking away in my kitchen, but something comes over me this time of year.  Then suddenly, before I know it, I’m drinking coffee one morning and out comes my cookie recipe book.  And the search begins for the perfect Christmas cookie.

The winner this year is Pecan Meltaway Balls.  These tasty morsels require only 5 ingredients, are easy to make and even easier to eat.

Worthing Court: Recipe for Meltaway Pecan Balls

Meltaway Pecan Balls
Yields 4
A 5 ingredient cookie that is easy to make. Tasty and perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
16 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
16 min
  1. 1 cup pecans
  2. 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  3. 1 cup butter - no substitutions
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees farenheit.
  2. In a food processor with knife blade attached, pulse pecans with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar until nuts are very finely ground. Add butter and vanilla, and process until smooth, occasionally stopping processor and scraping the side with a rubber spatula.
  3. Add flour;process until evenly mixed and dough forms.
  4. With floured hands, shape dough by rounded teaspoon full into small balls.
  5. Place 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 16 - 18 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are light golden.
  7. Transfer cookies to wire rack. Cool for 3 minutes, then roll cookies in remaining confectioners' sugar and place back on wire rack to cool.
  8. When cookies are completely cool, roll in sugar once again.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough and sugar.
  1. Completed cookies may be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. (If cookies are stored in the freezer, you may need to roll them in confectioners' sugar again before serving.)
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These cookies were a big hit with Pookie and my family.  I think they will be with yours too!

Worthing Court: Recipe for Meltaway Pecan Balls


Please visit the following blogs to see what cookies

they have “brought” to the Christmas Cookie Exchange…


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Tuesday, Dec. 10th

Worthing Court

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Lilacs and Longhorns

Inspiration for Moms

Vintage News Junkie




Wednesday, Dec. 11th

Marty’s Musings

Domestically Speaking

My Soulful Home

Sweet Pea

Our Southern Home

A Delightsome Life


Thursday, Dec. 12th

Cottage at the Crossroads


Major Hoff Takes a Wife

Country Design Style

House on the Way

Fresh Idea Studio


Friday, Dec. 13th

Confessions of a Plate Addict

Stone Gable

Create and Babble

So Much Better With Age

Cupcakes and Crinolines

The Happier Homemaker



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  1. Oh, yum! I know these have to melt in your mouth. I love a recipe that’s delicious and requires few ingredients. These wouldn’t last long at my house!

  2. We used to call these ‘butter balls’ when I was little. I think my mom used walnuts. I made them for my boys when they were growing up and did the same thing that my mom did..instead of rolling them in confectioner sugar, at Christmas time they were rolled in red and green sprinkles :) Next to sugar cookies, these mean Christmas cookie to me like no other ! :)

    • Oooh – I bet they would be delicious with walnuts! And I love the idea of rolling them in red and green sprinkles for Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I think a friend is someone who brings a plate of these cookies to an ornament exchange party. That would be a really good friend!

    My mom used to make these, and we loved them. They’re “Christmas” to me.

    • *sigh* Someone would have brought them to the ornament exchange party if a certain person living in this house hadn’t eaten them all. lol Had a lovely time at your party, my sweet friend!

  4. Stopping by from the Cookie Exchange! These look delicious! And love how simple the recipe is. Pinning to try later :)

  5. Yum, Suzy. I have loved this cookies since I was a little girl. My mother always baked them, and they were my favorite.

    Day two of my holiday home tour is now posted. I hope you will come by for a visit.♥ Yesterday was the front of our home and the porch. Today is the foyer, stairway and landing.

    • I never realized how many people had these cookies when they were growing up. I must have lived with my head under a rock. lol I think they’re the perfect compliment to a cup of coffee. :D I’ll be sure to go check out your home all decked out in its Christmas finery!

  6. Those look delicious & easy… my type of cookie :)

  7. Ohhhh! I love these. Call these snowballs at Christmas, Mexican Wedding Cookies at events, and yummy when we make them just for us. Thank you! Pinning and sharing~ Jeanette

    • Snowballs! That’s a perfect name for these little morsels. My mom never made them, but we used to buy wedding cookies at the grocery store all the time. They were my fave. It never even occurred to me that these are pretty much the same thing. Doh!

  8. This is a new to me recipe Suzy and one I’ll definitely be giving a try this week. I love baking in the weeks before Christmas and the cookie exchange has provided some great recipes already.

  9. These look delicious! It’s been a pleasure to be a part of this cookie exchange with you! Merry Christmas!

  10. Suzy, would you believe that I’ve never made these? Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at the Cookie Exchange because I can’t wait to make them this year!

    • This was my first time making them too, Jane. I was amazed at how easy they were. Hope you and Leo love them as much as we do!

  11. Suzy, I pinned to make! I have a friend who gives us a tray of cookies every year and her wedding cookies that are similar are the first to be gobbled up! Love your beautiful bokeh too :)

    • I hope you find these as easy to make and as yummy as I do, Mary! Gotta love the bokeh that you get with 50mm lens. lol

  12. This is my favorite cookies! My mom has been making them for me since I was a kid. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Merry Christmas! ~Christy

    • Merry Christmas to you too, Christy. I had no idea that so many people had these at Christmas when they were growing up!

  13. Oh these look so yummy- I love the look of white snowy cookies during the holidays-
    This tour has been such fun!

    • I can personally attest to their yumminess, Christina! :D You’re so right – this tour had been so much fun and I’ve added some great recipes to my collection.

  14. I am going to give these a try because my whole family loves pecans. So honored to be in the exchange with you! Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • I hope you love them, Laura. This was my first time making them,. This recipe has definitely been added to my annual Christmas cookie list!

  15. Thank you so much for posting this recipe, I just printed it and will be making tomorrow with my girls after school. My grandmother used to make these every year for Christmas, but she shaped them into little crescents. They were my absolute favorite cookie growing up and can’t wait to make them, so worth every calorie!

    • Hi Lauren. I forgot all about it, but I’ve seen these shaped into crescents! Hope you have fun making them with your girls. I think it’s a perfect recipe to share with kiddos. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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