Pecan Balls + BAKERS GIVEAWAY

by Amy Stafford on December 12, 2012

Day 3 of my Christmas Cookie posts.  Today it is my Mom’s Pecan balls, this is another recipe she would make every year.  It is my brother Randy’s favorite and one of mine.

Don’t miss the BAKERS BASKET BONANZA GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST!  Check it out and sign up to win.

I will also be sharing this recipe with the Shine Supper Club   who is having a competition for favorite treats from the holidays.  Finalists will be posted by 12PM Thursday, December 20 with voting open until 12PM PST Friday December 21. The winning recipe to be featured on the Shine homepage and added to our winner’s circle!  So Please go over and vote….please…
I will post a reminder on my facebook page and beg some more! :)

Pecan balls

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and when I was little we always bought a live Douglas Fir tree that me and my Dad would pick out.  We decorated it with the big colored lights, family ornaments (some that I put on my tree today), and tinsel.  My Dad was very particular about how many strands of tinsel were allowed on each branch.  I would love to lay in the family room with nothing but the Christmas lights on, it was always so peaceful to me and made it really feel like Christmas.

I also remember that my Mom would bake through the holidays.  There is something that makes a house feel like a home when the smell of baking is in the air, and it can make a childhood memory, ones that we carry with us throughout our lives.  Its funny this recipe reminds me not just of my mother but my oldest brother Randy, because I adored him so much and wanted to be just like him and he loved these cookies and as a little girl I would try them, but I always thought they were gross.  To say I was a picky eater when I was little would be a HUGE understatement, I was nicknamed the bird.

I would continue to try them each year in hopes that something would change.  Well, I guess change it did, because I eat these a plenty now.  Its a good thing this recipe makes so many or  none of my friends would get any in their goodie boxes. :)

Pecan balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecan chips
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, for rolling balls

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line sheets with silicone baking pads or parchment (silicone baking pad is included in BAKING BONANZA BASKET GIVEAWAY)

Mix butter, salt, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until smooth.  Gradually add pecans and sifted flour.

Using the a small scooper (small pampered chef scoop is included in BAKING BONANZA BASKET GIVEAWAY) 

Pecan balls

Make 1″ balls, rolling to smooth, place on baking sheets with 2″ in between.  Bake 1 sheet at a time in upper third of oven for 12-15 minutes.  Until bottom is lightly brown.  Cool on racks.

Place 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and roll balls around until coated, returning to racks.

Pecan balls

Store in an air tight container for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.

Now for the Giveaway, every day this week I will be highlighting a different cookie recipe, so I put together a Baking Basket to please any Baker.  Each day you will have a chance to sign up and win.  The basket has a value of $90 + $25 gift card, so don’t miss your chance!
Good Luck!
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Pecan Balls + BAKERS GIVEAWAY
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecan chips
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar, for rolling balls
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line sheets with silicone baking pads or parchment
  2. Mix butter, salt, ½ cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add pecans and sifted flour.
  3. Using the a small scooper make 1" balls, rolling to smooth, place on baking sheets with 2" in between. Bake 1 sheet at a time in upper third of oven for 12-15 minutes. Until bottom is lightly brown. Cool on racks.
  4. Place ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar in a bowl and roll balls around until coated, returning to racks.
  5. Store in an air tight container for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.

 

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Lisa Brown December 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

signed up newsletter via email: jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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Lisa Brown December 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

I like gingerbread men

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amy December 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Lisa, I saw the cutest gingerbread sconces the other day you must check them out. I can’t wait to try them.
http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/12/gingerbread-scones.html
xo Amy

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Megans Cookin December 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I love Pecan Balls!!!

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Nicole-Lynn December 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Those pecan balls look so good! Thanks for sharing! :)

My favorite cookie recipe is a basic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! Yum!

Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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Dawn @ Making Home December 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Frosted sugar cookies are my favorite !

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amy December 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Mine too!

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Kellie Rose Wilson December 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Signed up!!

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Kellie Rose Wilson December 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

My fave cookie recipe is oreo chocolate chip cookies!

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amy December 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

Wow, thats sounds like a lot a chocolate! Love it!

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Amanda H December 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I love, love pink sugar cookies. My grandmother use to make them every year and lately I’ve been trying to master the art of it. She made it in such a specific way, it’s so difficult for me to replicate!

Thanks for the chance to win and I signed up for emails as well. :)

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amy December 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Amanda,
Well you will have fun eating all your experiments until you get them just right! :)
Welcome,
Amy

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Kim C December 15, 2012 at 1:04 am

signed up for your newsletter

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Kim C December 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

my favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin with cranberries, in shapes of christmas trees!

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Amanda Sakovitz December 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

signed up for newsletter as pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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Liz Blunt December 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I make gumdrop cookies, using the red & green gumdrops. (But can’t get the rafflecopter entry to work!)

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Thomas Murphy December 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I like sugar cookies

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