I can't even count how many different types of cookies my Mom made during the Holidays each year. I know my friends always went crazy for her chocolate chip cookies during the year. Christmas was different - my family always had giant celebrations and parties around Christmas and New Years. and my Mom cooked and baked for it all and everyone went crazy for all the cookies. I remember my brother and I sneaking around the house trying to find her hiding places for all of the cookies!!! My Mom was smart - with six kids in the house - she'd store them in tupperware containers and hide HIGH up on shelves in various rooms in the house!!! My brother and I would try and sneak some without anyone knowing...making sure to leave the pile of cookies looking "as natural as possible" and not raided by two cookie monsters!! The hardest cookie to cover up that you were sneaking were the Pecan Butter Balls!!! Confectioners' sugar has a way with attaching itself to everything that you don't want it too!! LOL I'm sure my Mom got a kick out of my brother and I standing there with smiling, sugar rimmed faces as we said "I don't know who has been in the pecan balls?!" Here it is - all these years later and I am sharing her recipe...I hope you enjoy these as much as we still do today!! ~Enjoy! Diane
Phyllis's Pecan Butter Balls
-a family recipe
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 Cup Pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 325
Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add in salt, vanilla and flour until combined.
Add in pecan, and mix well.
Shape into 1-inch balls (flour your hands) and place onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 25 minutes or until very, very light brown.
Let cool, then roll in confectioners' sugar and store in an air-tight container.
Recipe by: Phyllis C. (my Mom)
Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home