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pecan balls

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Kathy W
New Carlisle, OH

I don't remember where the recipe came from, but they are always a favorite. I always make them at Christmas time (but they are good anytime). They are also known as "Mexican Wedding Cakes" and "Russian Tea Cakes".

★★★★★ 2
serves about 2 1/2 dozen
method Bake

Ingredients For pecan balls

  • 1 1/4 c
    confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 c
    finely chopped pecans

How To Make pecan balls

  • 1
    In a mixing bowl, cream together 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • 2
    Add vanilla and blend well.
  • 3
    Add flour and salt; blend well.
  • 4
    Stir in pecans. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour.
  • 5
    Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper or silpat.
  • 6
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on baking sheets. Bake 17 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • 7
    Remove from baking sheets. Carefully roll each ball in remaining confectioners' sugar to coat.
  • 8
    Allow to cool slightly, then roll again in confectioners' sugar. Store in airtight container.

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