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Meltaway Pecan Balls

A 5 ingredient cookie that is easy to make. Tasty and perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter - no substitutions
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees farenheit.
  • 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.
  • Add flour;process until evenly mixed and dough forms.
  • With floured hands, shape dough by rounded teaspoon full into small balls.
  • Place 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 16 - 18 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are light golden.
  • Transfer cookies to wire rack. Cool for 3 minutes, then roll cookies in remaining confectioners' sugar and place back on wire rack to cool.
  • When cookies are completely cool, roll in sugar once again.
  • Repeat with remaining dough and sugar.


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.)