Southern Pecan Butterballs

Photo by Kerry J.
Adapted from thecountrycook.net

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from thecountrycook.net

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup butter flavored vegetable shortening

  • 1

    cup powdered sugar (plus more for coating)

  • 2

    tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2

    tsp. baking soda

  • 1/8

    tsp. table salt

  • 1 1/2

    cups pecan chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. You'll want to use a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer for this. Start on a low setting so the powdered sugar doesn't fly up on ya. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Give it all a stir with a large fork. Then gently begin adding the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Add just a little at a time so the flour doesn't fly everywhere. Stir until combined. Stir pecan chips into batter. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls. Place them about 1 1/2 inches apart on your cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes until the edges just begin to brown slightly. Bake only one cookie sheet at a time. While the cookies are baking, get a bowl of powdered sugar ready for dipping. Let cookies cool for just a couple of minutes. While still warm, roll the cookies in the powdered sugar. Place them on a platter (or just roll out a sheet of wax paper like I do) and let cookies finish cooling. Once they are cool, roll cookies a second time into the powdered sugar. The second dipping ensures even and smooth coating.

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