I just had to sneak this cookie recipe in here. Everyone makes them by their own recipe. This happens to be the one I use. Made a batch for the freezer today.
If you are a first time home-made cookie maker, this is the perfect recipe for you. Also a great cookie to let the kids help make. It is not the cookie to let the kids go running through the house eating, powdered sugar will be flying every place.
These buttery melt-in-your mouth cookies are seen at all kinds of functions and are called by several different names. Most common are Italian Wedding Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cookies. If a wedding of any kind is having a cookie table these will be there. They make wonderful holiday gifts, cookie exchange additions, hostess gifts, etc.
They freeze beautifully after shaping into 1-inch balls, and can be baked as you need.
Pecan Cookie Balls
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in flour and pecans.
2. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheets. Immediately roll hot cookies in remaining 2 cups sugar. Place sugared cookies on wire racks to cool. When cool, roll again in sugar.