Pecan Puffs

Auntie Bessie made these cookies first, and I brought the recipe home to add to our repertoire too. These are my favorites. If I only make one Christmas cookie this is it. My friends like them too, and they are great to give as gifts in a nice container. A similar recipe, often known as Mexican Wedding Cake or Russian Tea Cake is rolled in icing (confectioners’) sugar, but our version uses white sugar.

Pecan Puffs
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Tasty shortbread puffs with pecans.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Soften butter to room temperature.
  2. Cream butter, add sugar and beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Add flour and stir until combined. Mix in the chopped pecans.
  4. Roll into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Put some white sugar in a small bowl. While hot, roll each cookie in the sugar to coat, and set on a rack or plate to cool.


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