From the time that I was little, this is the first cookie that I can recall making by myself - after my Mom had mixed up the dough for me! Pecan Puffs have always been one of my Dad's favorite holiday cookies, and I LOVE making them for him!
I was probably only five or six at when I started making these with Mom, but I do remember a huge sense of pride that I was making one of Dad's favorites especially for him. This is the first Christmas without my Dad, so I think I'll be crying when I make them this year, but his smile and wink when he would eat these are a wonderful memory!
Over the years, I have heard these cookies called by MANY other names...Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies, and even Mexican Wedding Cakes. I guess they are an international favorite!
These are a traditional shortbread cookie, with fabulous pieces of pecans in every bite. They bake for a little bit longer than a typical shortbread cookie - and they will melt in your mouth - kinda like a snowball!
The cookie itself is not overly sweet, so the powdered sugar is a must! Roll once when the cookies are warm from the oven, and then generously roll a second time when cool. When stored in an airtight container or frozen, the powdered sugar has a tendency to "melt" into the cookie, so you may want to roll again before serving if you want a more generous powdered sugar look to your cookies.
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