High Heels & Grills: Pecan Balls

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pecan Balls

I lived in Texas for a few years growing up and we had these huge pecan trees just down the road from us. I remember walking to them with my little brother and sister and we would pick up pecans off the ground for hours. We felt so proud taking home our spoils. Then one day during recess, I noticed there was a tree at the edge of the playground that looked just like those pecan trees that my brother and sister and I would hang around. My friends and I decided that it would be our job to clean up the fallen pecans around it. We brought nutcrackers to school everyday for weeks and would sit under that tree and eat pecans until we were sick. That's when my love for pecans was born. When I saw the recipe for these pecan balls, I knew I had to try them immediately! So, I did.


I'll be the first to admit that I am kind of a sugar addict, but I love that these cookies actually aren't as sweet as normal cookies. They're a little more subtle, but still sweet enough to curb your sugar craving. I took them to a church gathering the other night and they were gone in minutes! I'm sure it'll be the same way at your house. (This recipe was adapted from Key Ingredient.)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups ground pecans 
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and mix well.
  4. Incorporate flour and pecans into mixture. (Batter will seem separated and crumbly. This is perfect.)
  5. Form into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  7. Let cool and roll in powdered sugar just before serving. (If you don't let them cool, then the powdered sugar will get all melty and gross - just a heads up.)

Easy enough, right? If you don't like pecans, feels free to try other nuts instead. Or leave them out all together! I hope you love these little beauties just as much as we do! 

-Sarah

Linking up here.

30 comments:

  1. Those are so pretty. Pecans remind me of my grandmother, I think I will have to try them for sure.

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  2. These look so good. Visiting from Foodtastic Friday and www.sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com

    I pinned this recipe!

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  3. These look go good. All of your recipes look good.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  4. Oh, these would be so dangerous in our house. I could eat a ton! Yummy:) Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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  5. I cannot wait to make these!!! I just voted for them on FFF :-D
    Good luck!

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  6. Stopping by from Sunday Dinner! I'm a Texas girl too and when I saw pecans I knew I needed the recipe. Pinned it and will add to my Christmas baking list! Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All

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  7. Brown sugar, and pecans are two of my faves. Those look yummy!

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  8. I love pecan balls but have never made them. thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Following your blog now.
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

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  9. These look yummy! You have a lot of good looking recipes on here. Thank you so much for following my blog. I am excited to be blog friends. Looking forward to following you too.

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  10. Yum -another I'd like to try, but I'd have to substitute the pecans for something else as I'm not a big fan! I'm sure something else would be equally tasty though!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  11. Yummy - look and sound so good. I have never made them, but my Mom has, maybe it's time I do. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  12. Yum! These are some of my favorite cookies...pecans are my favorite
    I came here from The D.I.Y. Dreamer. Love your blog :)

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  13. This is our classic Christmas cookies, the pecans definitely make them! I wish we had a pecan tree, that sounds like fun!

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  14. These look tasty! I could probably eat a dozen!

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  15. They look delicious. I know I couldn't stop at just one. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  16. Hi Sarah,
    I have been drooling over these cookies all week when I see them. They look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  17. Delicious and simple, love it!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  18. Can you tell us how many these receipe makes?
    Sandi

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    1. Hey Sandi, this made a good 3-4 dozen if I remember right. It all depends on how big or small you roll them out to be! I hope you like them!! :)

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  19. You had me at "pecan ball". :) Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Found you via creationsbykara.com link party

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  20. Yummo! These look wonderful! Pinning for future baking. I see these on my Thanksgiving menu. :)

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  21. Ooohh my mom used to make something like this. I didn't like them as a little kid but I grew to love them later. Thanks for sharing. Yours sound wonderful.
    pr

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  22. Yum! These look great! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

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  23. My favorite cookies of all time! Thanks for sharing :) LOVE your blog!!!

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  24. Hi Sarah,
    This is the recipe that I have been drooling over for the last week. I love pecan cookies. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  25. I love these. My grandma used to make them!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  26. Hey, girl! Thank you so much for sharing your yummy recipes at my Throwback Thursday party. I love this one, and I'm so trying it! They look like so much fun to make, and yummy too. I'm featuring you at this week's party! :)

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