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Before I have you convinced that all I ever cook is Christmas cookies, I wanted to share one last recipe. These snowball cookies are made from a rich pecan-flavoured shortbread and then rolled in icing sugar. As the cookies cool, the sugar melts creating a pretty, white glaze. I already am awaiting next December to begin cooking more tasty Christmas cookies!


Pecan Puffs
 
Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vanila
Ground pecans (1 generous cup pecan meats, measured before grinding)
1 cup flour
Pinch of salt
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Icing Sugar
 
Directions
Cream the butter and sugar throughly together. Mix in the vanilla and salt, followed by the ground pecans and flour. Knead slightly to blend dough throughly. Allow to refrigerate until dough is chilled, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325 F. Roll dough into small 1-inch balls. Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottom of the puffs are golden brown, rotating the trays half way through.

Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the tray, before rolling them individually in icing sugar. Allow to cool completely on a cookie rack.

Bon appetit!

– Catherine

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