I used to make these with my Mom when I was a little girl. Last Christmas, my daughter and I made them together. We bundled them in little bags and passed them out to anyone who’d ever talked to us in our new Belgium neighborhood – my new mom friends at her school, the principal, the secretary, our babysitter, and the old man who always waves at us when we open our garage. This Christmas, we proudly displayed them at her Christmas Tea for her friends from school. These little goodies will bring a smile as big as a West Texas sky to anyone who gets a nibble.
1 cup (225 grams) butter at room temperature
1/2 cup (62 grams) powdered sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour (patentbloem)
1 cup (150 g) chopped pecans
Additional powdered sugar for rolling
Preheat oven at 325 degrees F (165 degrees Celsius)
Using a wooden spoon, mix butter and powdered sugar. Add salt, vanilla, flour, and mix well. Fold in chopped pecans. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Roll into balls (think ping-pong-ball-sized hail) and place on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. (No need to space too far apart, they don’t really grow in the oven.)
Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Once out of the oven, cool slightly so you don’t burn your fingers, honey – and then roll each ball in small bowl of powdered sugar while they’re still warm.