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Pecan Puffs

Pecan Puffs
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Yield: about 30 cookies

Coated in confectioners' sugar, these buttery cookies look like little snowballs.

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  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • Confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grind pecans in food processor to consistency of coarse meal. Set aside.

With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter until soft. Add sugar, vanilla, and pecans. Carefully add flour and blend well.

Coat hands with flour; roll dough into cherry-size balls. Place on greased baking sheet (or parchment paper). Bake until lightly golden brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes.

While cookies are still quite warm, roll them in confectioners’ sugar. When cool, roll again. These cookies can be made up to 3 days in advance.
Updated Monday, April 21st, 2003

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4 Responses to Pecan Puffs

  1. Helen Wallace October 8, 2003 at 1:55 pm #

    Wonderful flavor and consistency. Unfortunately, the recipe doesn’t make enough. Once you have had one you can’t stop eating them!

  2. Anonymous December 18, 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    My family loves anything pecan. Can’t make enough. I altered some. I used half pecan pieces and the rest of the pecans were grounded for a better bite. I’ll keep this recipe. Thank You!

  3. Anonymous December 9, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    I got this recipe years ago from my Grandmother and make them almost every year. She called them Snowball Meltaways.

  4. Anonymous December 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    These are NOT just a Christmas Cookie in our household. I make these a lot. If you eat one , you cannot stop, there is never enough!

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