These have been some of my favorite cookies since I was little. My mom and I made them every Christmas. There are 2 ways that these can go wrong. The first is not having the butter room temperature or trying to melt it. It just will not work. The second is over-cooking them. They become dry very fast.
I did not create these myself. I have no idea who to give credit for the original recipes. This is a half batch from the original recipe and makes 21-23 cookies.
1 cup crushed/ground pecans
1 stick salted butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all pourpose flour
powdered sugar for dusting – 1-2 cups
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients. Roll into tablespoon size balls. These can be placed close together because they do not imcrease in size. Bake 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Immediately remove them from the oven and roll them in a bowl to powdered sugar to coat. The sugar will turn wet. This is expected. Allow them to cool fully. You can roll them in sugar more than once to keep them white in appearance.