Christmas Cookie Countdown:
Snowy Snowy Pecany Christmas Balls!
Smothered in icing sugar while they're still warm, these nutty little cookies are very tender and should nearly melt in your mouth.
All Christmas Cookie Countdown recipes come from Cindy's childhood cookie recipe collection!
To prepare the Snowy Snowy Pecany Christmas Balls!
Preheat the oven to 180˚C, 160˚C Fan, 350˚F, Gas 4
With a wooden spoon, cream butter with icing sugar until smooth. Add the flour, pinch of salt and ground pecans and mix until the dough holds together. You can of course use hand beaters but just remember that you don't need to incorporate a lot of air in the mixture.
Shape into 3cm balls and space apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and check; the cookies should take on a lovely golden hue along the bottom edges as well as on top and may need a few more minutes. While still warm, roll in a generous amount of icing sugar.
*You can definitely play around by substituting the ground pecans with ground walnuts, almonds, or pistachios and even make crescent shapes! Best to lightly toast whole nuts first before grinding them at home but store-bought is just fine too!
**Vanilla sugar can be bought, yes absolutely! If, however you want to create something extra special, you can make this at home by taking the seeds of 1 vanilla pod and scraping them into a whole lot of sugar, 1kg being a good start. Blitz the sugar and seeds together to a fine powder in a food processor and then taste. Leave it as it is to keep it super intense or if you want to extend your supply, add more sugar to taste (continuing to blend until you reach a fine consistency again). Return the scraped vanilla pods into the sugar to perfume your mixture even more. Never throw out your vanilla pods!
- Makes roughly 20 small cookies
- 115g Unsalted butter, room temperature
- 65g Icing sugar
- 200g Flour
- Pinch salt
- 120g Pecans*, lightly toasted and ground
- 1.5 tsp Vanilla extract
Lots of icing sugar to coast, vanilla icing sugar** being the best choice
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