Kitchen Smack: Southern Pecan Butterballs

Did you know, there’s only 4 Wednesday’s left until CHRISTMAS? AHHHH!! What does this mean? Instead of regular recipes, I’m going to share cookies with you. Sometimes a homemade gift is the best of gift of all, and if you’re like me, you want to get a head start on your holiday baking.

Since my cousins are the only 0nes privy to my Grandma’s cookie recipes (and man did she have some good ones!) I’ll have to delight you with some I found here and there on the internet. I would love to make a new collection of holiday baking recipes though so please share YOUR Christmas cookie recipes in the comments. I might even feature your recipe on the blog!

Ok, now are you ready? I am! (Recipe as found on The Country Cook)

Southern Pecan Butterballs

Southern Pecan Butterballs


  • 1 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for coating)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, combine shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Give it all a stir with a large fork.
  5. Then gently begin adding the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Add just a little at a time so the flour doesn't fly everywhere. Stir until combined.
  6. Stir pecan chips into batter.
  7. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls. Place them about 1 1/2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes until the edges just begin to brown slightly. Bake only one cookie sheet at a time.
  9. While the cookies are baking, get a bowl of powdered sugar ready for dipping.
  10. Let cookies cool for just a couple of minutes. While still warm, roll the cookies in the powdered sugar. Place them on a platter (or just roll out a sheet of wax paper like I do) and let cookies finish cooling.
  11. Once they are cool, roll cookies a second time into the powdered sugar. The second dipping ensures even and smooth coating.

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