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Pecan Meltaways


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Roll into 1-in. balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Roll warm cookies in additional confectioners' sugar; cool completely on wire racks. Roll cooled cookies again in confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


Average Rating: 4.517857
  • homemadewithlove
    Dec 23, 2019
    Favorite Christmas cookie to make each year. Everyone loves them!
  • Brea
    Dec 19, 2019
    Delicious! I took a reviewer's advice and toasted the pecans slightly. Also can we all agree Beverly "I'm not giving away my secret to making this cookie even more delicious" is the worst kind of commenter ever? Literally created an account just to call her out.
  • tsuop
    Dec 10, 2019
    Why do ALL my reviews get cut in half?? Does this happen to anyone else? I reviewed these cookies 3 - THREE times
  • GrammaMJ
    Dec 7, 2019
    These are great, but for a truly nutty flavor, toast the nuts in a tablespoon of butter before using. Stir in a small skillet until the butter browns and the nuts are very fragrant. Cool completely before adding to the dough. I don't bother with adjusting the dough butter as I usually double the recipe. These never last long!
  • Sue
    Dec 7, 2019
    Great recipe,just added a tad more butter!!!!!
  • Maureen
    Dec 2, 2019
    Can't give a review but have a question. What can I substitute for wheat flour and butter please.
  • gmalovesyou
    Dec 1, 2019
    My Mother made these cookies for years at Christmas in OntRio, Canada. We called them snowballs. Still a fave today.
  • Diane
    Nov 24, 2019
    These were perfect and delicious! Nothing you add/change can make them any better. My go-to cookie and not only for the holidays!
  • Beverly
    Oct 22, 2019
    These shortbread cookies are wonderful old recipe! They have been given different names over the years I have been making them,, but whatever they are called, they have been my family's most asked for Christmas cookie for many, many years! I have made one change in this original recipe, but I'm not giving away my secret to making this cookie unique and even more melt-in your-mouth delicious.
  • Allison
    Apr 1, 2019
    I love the buttery taste of these and how they pretty much melt in your mouth. I'll be making them again.
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