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Butter Pecan Meltaways Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 dozen cookies. 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Bites of butter pecan goodness. Perfect little cookie for Christmas or any time family and friends gather. Quick and easy to make.



1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 stick Butter, softened. (1/2 cup)
1 cup Pecans, chopped fine, toasted
3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring
1 cup Confectioners’ Sugar


Toast the pecans, 8-10 minutes at 350F degrees. Let cool.
Place flour in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Add the butter.
Add the pecans.
Add the sugar.
Add the vanilla flavoring.
Work together by hand until fully combined.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into one-inch balls.
Roll each ball of dough between your hands into compact balls.
Place dough balls, one inch apart, on parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350F degrees for 10-15 minutes until set. Do not brown.
Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes.
Place confectioners sugar in a small mixing bowl.
One at a time, place a cookie in the sugar and roll it to fully cover with sugar.
Place back on baking sheet or on a plate. Let cool completely.
When fully cooled, roll each cookie in the confectioners’ sugar again.


Recipe can be easily doubled if desired. Store in air-tight container for several days, if they last that long.

Keywords: butter, pecan, snowballs, meltaways, Christmas cookies, wedding cookies, easy cookies