Pecan Cookie Balls

 

These freeze beautifully after shaping into 1-inch balls, and can be baked as you need.

Pecan Cookie Balls
4 dozen
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1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; beat until well blended.  Stir in flour and pecans.

2.  Shape into 1-inch balls.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 15 minutes.  Remove from baking sheets.  Immediately roll hot cookies in remaining 2 cups sugar.  Place sugared cookies on wire racks to cool.  When cool, roll again in sugar.

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