These are really versatile.  We make balls and thumbprints from this recipe!

  • 3 cubes butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans

Cream butter with both sugars and salt.  Add vanilla and mix in flour.  Mix in pecans, being careful not to overmix.

Roll dough into large marble-sized pieces.  Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake about 20-30 minutes at 325° until nicely browned. Cool completely and roll in powdered sugar.

Alternately… Press thumb into unbaked ball to form thumbprint.  Fill with your favorite jam.  Bake as directed above.