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REC: Louisiana Pecan Balls (similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies)


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Posted to Thread #16422 at 11:42 pm on Oct 10, 2009

Louisiana Pecan Balls
Heather Allen, Aptos, CA

Makes about 28 cookies

1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans (about 4 oz.)

1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

2. In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat until well blended. Stir in pecans.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. (Dont make them too big as they puff up when baking)

4. Bake in a 300 regular or convection oven until cookies are pale golden brown, about 25 minutes. If baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking. Let cookies stand on sheets until cool enough to handle.

5. Place remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar to coat all over; discard remaining sugar. Set cookies on racks to cool completely.


Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out, but I can usually shut her up with cookies!


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