Ashley Bateman Recipe

Southern Pecan Butterball,

By Ashley Bateman Melodyep


Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves:
4 dozen
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ashley's Story

This favorite holiday cookie is known by many different names around the world, such as Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian Teacakes, Swedish Tea Cakes, Italian Butter Nut, Southern Pecan Butterball, Snowdrop, Viennese Sugar Ball, Sand Tarts, and Snowball. Butterballs. They always contain finely chopped nuts and are twice rolled in powdered sugar. These cookies always seem to be a favorite of men and also a favorite Christmas Cookie. This recipe is originally from a 1950's Betty Crocker's Cookbook.

Ingredients

1 c
butter, room temperature
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1/2 c
sifted powdered (confectioner's) sugar
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 c
all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp
salt
3/4 c
finely chopped toasted nuts*
powdered (confectioner's) sugar
* HOW TO TOAST NUTS - SPREAD NUTS IN A SINGLE LAYER ON A BAKING PAN (ONE WITH WALLS IS BEST) FOR TOASTING IN THE OVEN. COOK AT 400 DEGREES F FOR 7 TO 10 MINUTES OR UNTIL THE NUTS START TO TURN GOLDEN. SHAKE THE PAN HALFWAY THROUGH TOASTING.
VARIATION: SUBSTITUTE 1 CUP MINIATURE SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS FOR THE NUTS.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Sift in flour and salt; stir until well mixed. Mix in nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2
Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly on wire cooling racks. While cookies are baking, place the powdered sugar in a shallow dish.
3
While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar. When cookies have cooled, roll them again in the confectioners sugar to give them a nice even coating of sugar. Store in an airtight container.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies


  • Comments

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    Bennie Shaw mamabennie - Jun 28, 2011
    These are so good Ashley. I have made them for years,and here in NM they are known as Mexican Wedding Cookies. Thanks for the reminder, think I just might whip some up this afternoon, have been wanting something sweet, but trying my best not to eat to much. Thanks for the post.
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    Bennie Shaw mamabennie - Jun 28, 2011
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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    Chris T. chrisb64 - Jun 29, 2011
    One of my favorites!
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    susan johnson cakebake - Dec 10, 2011
    I used to bake these every Christmas when my kids were growing up. Then our oldest daughter moved out and took over the tradition. Now she claims they are HER cookies, same thing happened with my carrot cake recipe..haha...oh well I'm just happy she likes to bake and is so good at it! She can make HER cookies for me any time!