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Louisiana Pecan Balls

Makes about 28 cookies

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Every dessert tastes better when it's rolled in powdered sugar, and this easy cookie recipe is no exception. Peek in your pantry to find all the ingredients you'll need.

Louisiana Pecan Balls

Photo: Quentin Bacon

 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
 2 cups powdered sugar
 2 teaspoons vanilla
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
 1 cup chopped pecans (about 4 oz.)
Step 1

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the vanilla until smooth.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and beat on low speed to mix, then on medium speed until well blended. Stir in pecans.

Step 3

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake in a 300° regular or convection oven until cookies are pale golden brown, about 25 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cookies stand on sheets until cool enough to handle.

Step 5

Place remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Gently turn warm cookies, a few at a time, in powdered sugar to coat. Set cookies on racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes about 28 cookies

Amount Per Serving
Calories 143Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.4g15%

Saturated Fat 4.4g23%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 73mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 14g5%

Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Protein 1.3g3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.