Mexican Wedding Cookies

Another recipe I made for the cookie exchange our playgroup does every year.  My Gram, who passes away this summer, used to make these every year and I figured if I was making cookies I'd better make at least one of her recipes.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar at low speed until smooth.  Beat in vanilla.  At low speed gradually add flour.  Mix in pecans with spatula.  With floured hands, take out about 1 Tb of dough and shape into a crescent (or whatever shape you want really.)  Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies.  Place onto prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 40 minutes.  When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional powdered sugar.  Cook on wire racks.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies

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