Pecan Balls are one of our family favorites for the Holidays. They are just like shortbread cookies, but extra crunchy with all of the pecans. Some people prefer to drizzle or dip the balls in chocolate, but I prefer a more traditional style by rolling them in powdered sugar. They are super easy and quick to throw together. The dough can be crumbly, so working it in your hands is essential. You may want to wear a pair of gloves or wet your hands when working the dough and forming the balls, so it doesn’t stick to your hands. This recipe makes approximately a dozen Pecan Balls and they can be served warm or cold (either way is delicious). From the Monster Foodies to you—love what you eat and enjoy!
Easy Pecan Balls
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pecans crushed
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add softened butter, flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Fold in crushed pecans.
- Take a handful of the dough into your hand and slowly knead, until it sticks together. Form 1-inch balls by rounding it out in your palms by slowly and lightly rolling it. Place on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool, then roll lightly in the powdered sugar.