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Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies

Pecan Snowball Cookies: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Delights

These Pecan Snowball Cookies are little puffs of buttery heaven, bursting with chopped pecans and coated in a blanket of powdered sugar. They're incredibly easy to make and perfect for the holiday season, bake sales, or whenever you need a sweet treat.

Ingredients:

  • For the Buttery Dough:

    • 2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • For the Nutty Crunch:

    • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • For the Sweet Finish:

    • 1 cup powdered sugar (additional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Get your oven ready for baking by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).

  2. Creamy Perfection: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, ½ cup of powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Use an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.

  3. Bringing it All Together: Gradually add the all-purpose flour to the creamed butter mixture, mixing on low speed until just combined. You don't want to overmix the dough, as this can make the cookies tough.

  4. Welcome the Pecans: Once the dough is formed, fold in the chopped pecans using a rubber spatula. Ensure the pecans are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

  5. Shaping the Snowballs: Wet your hands slightly to prevent the dough from sticking. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls. Aim for about 36 evenly sized balls of dough.

  6. Baking to Golden Perfection: Place the dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This helps prevent the cookies from sticking to the pan. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown around the edges.

  7. A Cooling Act: Let the baked cookies cool completely on the baking sheet before rolling them in powdered sugar. This is important because the powdered sugar will melt on a warm cookie.

  8. A Snowy Transformation: Once the cookies are cool, prepare a shallow bowl with the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar. Gently roll each cookie in the powdered sugar to coat it completely. You can double coat the cookies for an extra snowy effect.

  9. Sweet and Irresistible: Serve these delightful Pecan Snowball Cookies and watch them disappear! They're the perfect melt-in-your-mouth treat that everyone will love.

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